My Zambales: Rafael Rosell

Filipino actor and model Rafael Rosell talks about his love of surfing and his happy place on the beaches of Zambales

Rafael Rosell in Zambales. Photo courtesy of Rosell
My favorite beach is in Zambales. It feels like a second home for me. After work and tv shoots and tapings that don’t end till 3am, I’d go home and then drive three hours to Zambales and surf until I get tired.

I love to surf at Crystal beach in San Narciso, Zambales, and beaches near it.

I’ve been surfing for over five years now and Zambales has the perfect waves. Even if there’s no wind, the waves are still ideal to surf in, and there’s a particular spot that’s calm and ideal for beginners. Zambales for me is magical.

Photo courtesy of Rafael Rosell

I want to disconnect whenever I go surfing – disconnect from technology, from people, from society – so I don’t take my cellphone or any gadget at all. I take my guitar instead. One time, I had the beach all to myself. No other surfers were there. So when I was done surfing, I just grabbed my guitar, sat on the beach, played a tune and enjoyed nature.

I usually stay in my tent or hammock so I can't endorse any of the resorts in Zambales. But if ever I'd recommend one, it would be Capones Vista which has always taken good care of me ever since I started surfing. They have good accommodation, friendly staff, and nice rooms.

For more on Rosell's beach and surf life in Zambales, follow him on Instagram.




Some times, heaven on earth is here... ???????????????????????? #LogDay #BackToBasics

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Rafael Rosell's beach and surf essentials:

#1 Rubber Ducky drybag.

Rubber ducky dry bag pinched from

#2 Dakine surfboard


Someone scooped the goods!! ???????????? @surferleila getting dialed for what she loves to do. #dakinetrusted

A photo posted by Dakine SURF (@dakine_surf) on


#3 Beach Hut Max SPF75 clear spray sunblock

Beach Hut Max SPF75 pinched from

#4 Nivea Sun SPF50 moisturizing immediate sun protection

Nivea Sun SPF50 pinched from

#5 Sun Zapper white zinc stick

Zinc stick pinched from Sun Zapper's Facebook page

#6 FCS shortboard fin wallet

FCS shortboard fin wallet pinched from

#7 O'Neill boardshorts

Screengrab from O'Neill Facebook page

#8 Emerica hoodie jacket 

Screengrab from Emerica Facebook page
About Rafael
Rafael Rosell was born in Norway to Filipino parents. His modelling career in the Philippines started with a commercial for Close Up toothpaste in 2002. He signed up as a talent of TV network ABS-CBN, under Star Magic Center, from 2000 to 2012. He is now with GMA Network. He is best known for playing Brandon Brazil on the ABS-CBN romance drama Midnight Phantom.

—By Margie Francisco

For more on learning how to surf in Zambales, read Northern exposure.
Read about camping in Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

-Cover photo is a screengrab from Rafael Rosell's Facebook page.

Originally published in InFlight Traveller April to May 2011. Updated June 2016