A target of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration in 2002 for allegedly working in the country without authorization. But the bureau recalled the mission order ADD 335 issued against Rafael after the actor got an ID certificate of recognition as a Filipino citizen on October 18, 2002.
The actor was born to Filipino parents based in Norway. His dad is Cebuano and her mom is Bicolano. Both migrated to Norway where he was born in 1982
Despite being a full-bloodied Filipino, he can hardly speaks Filipino/Tagalog when he arrived in the Philippines in 2002 since he was born and raised in Norway. To improve his language proficiency, he took up Filipino/Tagalog lesson and reads aloud Tagalog/Filpino material for at least an hour a day.