The latest and hottest all-male group called “Baes” is no longer just a group of dancers. Beginning today, the members are featured as actors in the half-hour daily soap called Trops.
The title is the street language of today’s youth taken from the world “tropa” (from the English word troup), which literally refer to a group or gang.
Fans of these “baes” (Bae, pronounced be-I, a contraction of “baby,” a term of endearment) will definitely have their heydays from Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. watching their favorite dancers transform into thespians while waiting for their favorite noontime show.
The “baes” are Kenneth Medrano, Kim Last, John Timmons, Miggy Tolentino, and Joel Palencia. They were the finalists in Eat Bulaga’s “That’s My Bae” segment, which replaced its “Mr. Pogi” search.
Joining them in the new daily rom-com is Taki, a French-Japanese-Filipina now seen regularly in the noontime show.
Kenneth was the grand winner of the search. The Cebu-born good-looking lad can act, sing, and dance. Even before this new series, he has appeared in Eat Bulaga’s Lenten Specials as an actor. And, previous to Trops, he was also in the show Calle Siete.
Twenty-year old Miggy’s talent in dancing has become his passport to a career in show business. Trops is his biggest break so far. He plays Kenneth’s rival over Taki’s heart.
Kenneth and Taki’s team up has gained a following as they play sweethearts in Calle Siete. Their fan base has grown after Taki became a regular in the noontime show.
In Trops, Miggy completes the love triangle with Kenneth and Taki as both men compete for the latter’s affection. Who will in the end? That’s what the fans will watch from today till its end. When? Only TAPE, Inc. and director Linnet Zurbano know.
Kim is a British Filipino. A martial arts expert, he is also a terrific dancer. These days, he is seen every Sunday in GMA 7’s Sunday Pinasaya.
Tommy is the tallest at six feet among the “baes.” He has a bachelor of science degree in Radiologic Technology, but chose to be a singer and actor, that was why he joined “That’s My Bae.”
Like the rest of the group and Taki, Jon and Joel are also masters of the dance floor.
Before starting taping for Trops, Taki and the “baes” attended acting workshops to help them in breathing life to the characters they will play in the series.
According to the producer of the show. Trops will delve into the various issues that concert today’s generation, like peer pressure, friendship rivalry, generation gap, among others.
The guys hope parents of millennial kids would be able to relate to the show.
The show also aims to acquaint the audience with the dynamics of today’s generations, from fashion to their attitudes and relationships as the show aims to bridge the gap between the millennial kids and the generation before them.
Zurbano who used to be director Mike Tuviera’s assistant belongs to the millennial generation, yet she says the show will try to imbue values, like love and respect for elders, siblings and fellow men in general.
One of GMA Network’s top leading men Rocco Nacino remains a Kapuso. He signed an exclusive network contract last Thursday with GMA Network, Inc.
During the contract signing, the Kapuso hunk said he appreciates how the Network helped him grow as an actor. “This is where I started my career. I am just thankful na sa lahat ng projects na binigay sa akin ng GMA, tumatak siya sa viewers. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng assistance ng GMA sa career ko at sa kanilang pagtitiwala,” Rocco said.
He is currently in the top-rating primetime series Encantadia as Aquil, the head soldier of Lireo who fell in love with Sang’gre Danaya. According to Rocco, his role in the iconic telefantasya is definitely one for the books because of the experiences he has gained and the friendships he has formed with the cast members.
“Nagpapasalamat talaga ako for being part of Encantadia kasi talagang classic show siya ng GMA. Lahat ng tao tinututukan fervently yung program because of its story talaga. Bukod sa ang dami kong natututunan as an actor, enjoy siyang gawin. The cast I am with is just so fun to be with. Also, the fact that kahit ako ginugulat ni Direk Mark (Reyes) sa twists ng show, nakaka-‘wow!’ lang talaga.”
Also, during the contract renewal, Nacino said that 2016 won’t end with a sad note as he continuously receives blessings, among which is Sanya Lopez, her leading lady in Encantadia. He wasn’t expecting the audience would receive their tandem warmly.
“Actually nung una, kinakabahan kami e, kasi bago kami. Pero masaya ako kasi nakita ng mga tao yung galing ni Sanya—which dati ko pa naman talaga nakikita. Masaya rin ako kasi I found a friend in her,” the actor said.
Award-winning actress Therese Malvar and child wonder David Remo each signed an exclusive contract with the Kapuso Network recently.
The young artists continuously grow as two of the most promising actors of this generation and GMA Network is proud to have them as its homegrown talents. Therese and David are both part of the Afternoon Prime series Oh, My Mama!.
Therese, who made waves in the international scene this year with her stellar performance in numerous independent films, says that she trusts GMA with her career. “Whatever the Lord gives, I will forever be grateful. Lalong-lalo na po sa GMA dahil they believe in my talent. I am excited for the upcoming projects and I trust GMA na whatever they give po sa akin ay makakabuti sa career ko,” shares the Kapuso actress.
At a young age, David has shown not only his prowess as an actor but his passion for the craft as well. He is able to balance school and acting, which makes him even more admirable. “Masaya po ako and thankful sa GMA. Salamat din po sa mga sumusuporta, and sana po panoorin ninyo ang Oh, My Mama,” says the child star.
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