Raymond Bagatsing back full speed
Actor Raymond Bagatsing can very well relate to Filipino-American filmmaker Benito Bautista, director of his latest independent film â€œBoundary,â€ big winner in the Netpac [Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema] competition at the recent Cinemalaya fest.
Like Bautista, Bagatsing has just returned to the country after living in the United States for a while, and is thus seeing the Philippines with new eyes.
â€œDirek keenly observed what was happening on the streets, imbibing the atmosphere and the city vibe,â€ Bagatsing said of the director. He himself sought to capture that on-screen. â€œEven though Iâ€™m from here, I had to look at the country as an outsider as well.â€
For his role as a mysterious taxi passenger in â€œBoundary,â€ Bagatsing tapped into his past. He admits that coming from a political clan helped. â€œI had to exude quiet authority, the aura of a leader who is both kind-hearted and cold-blooded.â€
In this indie film, Bagatsing worked in a cramped cab with Ronnie Lazaro, who played the conflicted cabbie. â€œRonnie is a generous coactor,â€ Bagatsing relates. â€œHeâ€™s a lot like me, though we have different work styles.â€