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EXCLUSIVE: Raymond Bagatsing plays the role of National Artist Nick Joaquin

Raymond Bagatsing joins this year’s batch of Cinema One Orignals quality indie films with ‘Dahlin’ Nick.’

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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11/5/2015 5:05 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Raymond Bagatsing plays the role of National Artist Nick Joaquin


110415-RAYMOND_main.jpgWith the announcement of this year’s batch of Cinema One Originals, director Sari Dalena’s entry is the sole experimental docu-fiction hybrid, focusing on the life and work of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin. Raymond Bagatsing talked about being approached to bring this role to life on the big screen. "Exciting gawin yung Dahlin’ Nick kasi historical siya at pino-promote mo yung henyo ng isang Pilipino. I remember doing a play sa US called Luna Azul. It was about yung story ni Jose Rizal but it was a one man play. So nag-research talaga ako sa mga libro about him and naging number one fan. Naging idol ko siya. Ganun din for Nick Joaquin. I researched his poems and prose niya, yung life story niya that was written by his nephew Tony Joaquin. Sobrang masaya ako na marami akong natututunan sa isang henyo na ito na Filipino. National artist. Hindi siya talaga nag-formal education. Hindi siya nagtapos pero binuhos niya yun sa library nung bata siya and binasa niya lahat ng mga literature sa US and maybe iba’t ibang bansa. He’s just a genius,” he shared.

The 47-year-old actor admitted that he does not want to seem picky with roles, but he always makes sure to choose quality projects. "I guess siguro nagkakataon lang kasi. Parang itong balik ko naging priority yung sa telebisyon, doing teleseryes. Exciting din yung mga binibigay sa aking roles. Sa movies I guess importante na yung tatanggapin mong role yung hindi mo pa nagagawa or yung bang ma-cha-challenge ka. Kasi yung mga bad boy nagawa na natin yan eh, yung mga ibang psychological twist, ganyan. Pero yung Dahlin’ Nick na-challenge ako diyan sobra kasi ibang-iba yung itsura niya, iba siya maglakad, iba siya magsalita. talagang I had to get into his state of mind kumbaga. Talagang sinuot ko si Nick Joaquin as much as I could,” he said.

During the recent Cinema One Originals 2015 presscon held inside the ABS-CBN compound, Raymond explained the title of the film. "Kasi mahilig siyang magsabi ng ‘Dahlin! How are you, dahlin?’ Mahilig siyang mag-ganun eh (laughs). May ganun siyang style. And may hawak siyang beer. Very uninhibited na siya pag nakainom na siya eh. Pero pag hindi siya nakainom he’s very reclusive and very shy. Hindi madaling i-portray si Nick Joaquin kasi iba yugn pananalita niya eh. Malayo sa pananalita ko ang pananalita niya. Very different era. iba ang posture niya pag naglalakad. Sa pag-research ko medyo effeminate siya so may ganung tema yun. Hindi naman na-confirm kung ano talaga ang seksuwalidad niya. National Artist for Literature siya so ang language niya iba and he likes to speak Spanish so may mga ganun ako. And he’s very Bohemian. Mahilig siyang uminom, mahilig siyang kumanta ng mga old jazz. So the whole film for me was very challenging kasi ang mahirap yun your portraying a national artist who’s effeminate, matalino, genius. Tapos kung hindi consistent lalabas yung Raymond Bagatsing. You have to keep it consistent. Mahirap talaga,” he recalled.


110415-RAYMOND_main.jpgRaymond said it helped that it was not his first time to work with director Sari Dalena. "Ang tanong ko nung in-offer sa akin? ‘Bakit ako ang pinili niyo?’ Ang sabi lang sa akin ni Sari na nagustuhan ko. Kasi nakatrabaho ko na siya before sa The Guerrilla is a Poet about Jomari Sison. Nag-cameo role lang ako dun. One day lang. Ako yung nag-torture kay Jomari Sison. Tapos ang sabi niya, ‘Kasi Raymond you are interested in the unseen.’ Ibig sabihin, pag nagbabasa ka sa script ang interpretation ko dun may nakikita akong invisible sa ibang tao, nailalabas ko sa performance and sa brainstorming,” he explained.

After shooting had wrapped up, Raymond said he considers it a big accomplishment to portray a believable Nick Joaquin. "It was very challenging so hindi ako pumasok dun na super confident ako and ngayon I hope hindi ako mapahiya kasi talagang medyo napakataas ng inaabot ko dito. Yung mga iyak iyak kaya ko yan eh, mapa-kaliwa o kanan kaya, sa ilong kaya ko din yan. Pero yung Nick Joaquin hindi madali yun,” he said.

Watch Dahlin’ Nick along with the other entries to this year’s Cinema One Originals film festival which runs from November 9 to 17. Participating cinemas include SM Megamall, Resorts World, Trinoma and Glorietta.

Main Photo credit to raymondbagatsing IG