At the age of 8, Rafael always had the urge to be a superhero and do impossible things like flying, being invincible and shooting fire from his eyes like his favorite superhero Superman. "I was 8, when my mom told me that TV and Movies are the only place for a person to imbibe such capabilities. So that's when my world turned around. I wanted to fly".
It wasn't until 2000 when a life changing vacation to the Philippines brought Rafael into the world of show business. Rafael's mom found auditions at ABS-CBN with the help of the Internet. "I was in search for answers at the time. I wanted to know my roots, and my family background. I wanted to know why we were raised the way we were, with Pinoy traditional values. The reason behind the "Po," and "Opo," Kuya, and ate, early curfew and strict upbringing with household chores and restricted allowance" Rafael recalls.
Rafael auditioned and got a TV Commercial job for Close Up Toothpaste and which later brought him to TV acting and movies as well. He joined Star Magic (formerly Talent Center) on 2000. He took the chance of learning his roots and background while working in the industry and making a name for himself and getting established as one of the most sought after actors in this world of the entertainment industry.