MANILA -- It may have taken him years to finally have a world record, but for Rix Francisco, every bite was worth it.
Francisco has been competing in eating contests for two years. He first discovered his potential after he broke a record at a local burger shop, where he had to finish a two-pound cheeseburger, 200 grams of fries and iced tea in 10 minutes.
He was able to finish everything in less than 10 minutes. Since then, Francisco has been joining eating contests all over the country, and even breaking his own records.
But on Saturday, Francisco was able to break a world record, after he succeeded in eating five burgers in one minute.
He was among the six people who tried to break the record during the first History Con at the World Trade Center in Manila.
According to Francisco, he did not expect to break the record, since no one in his team was able to eat five burgers during their practice.
"Nagulat ako, kasi noong past training namin, walang makagawa sa buong team namin, kasi siguro focus namin 'yung five burgers. Nasa utak namin, kailangan namin maubos 'yung five burgers," he said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
But during the actual competition, Francisco said he just focused on eating as many burgers as he can without thinking of the number.
"So, ginawa kong strategy, 'di ko siya binilang, tuloy-tuloy 'yung kain ko hanggang sa hinintay ko na lang 'yung announcement na kung ilan 'yung nakain ko. So 'yun nga, naka-five burgers ako within one minute. So 'yun, nagulat na lang ako. Doon na lumabas ang adrenaline rush ko," he added.
Francisco is dubbed "Terabite" for a reason. Aside from holding the record for eating burgers, he also holds other records in other eating contests. Last year, he was among the two Filipinos who broke the world record in fastest time to eat a 12-inch pizza.
Just like other athletes, Francisco also has to take care of his body, especially since he has to eat a lot of different kinds of food for his sport. He also follows a diet designed for competitive eaters, consuming only water and skipping a meal or two before an eating competition.
He has also developed a strategy of deconstructing his food in order to eat faster.
"Pinaghihiwalay ko talaga. Kapag pizza, inuuna ko 'yung crust. Kapag gyudon, inuuna ko 'yung beef kasi mabigat sa tiyan 'yung kanin," he said.
At only 24 years old, there's no stopping Francisco from breaking records, even those he had made himself.