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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 20, 2016

'Eat Bulaga' Host Taki Paired With EB Bae Winner Kenneth Medrano In 'Trops' That Starts Airing This Monday

SHE’S SIMPLY known as Taki, a host in “Eat Bulaga”, but her full name is Takako Saito, ¼ Japanese, ¼ Spanish, ¼ Brazilian and ¼ Filipino. She was cast as part of “Calle Siete”, the current pre-program to “Eat Bulaga”, that will soon be replaced by “Trops” (for Tropa) and Taki feels lucky she’s also part of the new show with the six guys discovered in “That’s My Baes”, along with co-stars Toni Aquino (daughter of Ruby Rodriguez) and Kate Lapuz.

She will be paired with Kenneth Medrano, the EB Bae winner, and the new show, meant for millennial viewers, will start airing on Monday, October 24, at 11:30 AM. Taki and Kenneth were also a love team in “Calle Siete”. The other members of the EB Baes are Jon Timmons, Tommy Penaflor, Miggy Tolentino, Joel Palencia and Kim Last.

Produced by TAPE, Inc. and directed by Linnet Zurbano (former assistant of Direk Mike Tuviera) will show the joys and pains, life and loves of today’s Millennials. Kenneth hails from Cebu and has appeared in some GMA-7 soaps. Miggy will be forming a love triangle with Kenneth in vying for the love of Taki. A good dancer, he considers “Trops” as his biggest break in acting.

Kim Last is a Fil-Brit who’s a good comedian and is now also a mainstay in “Sunday PinaSaya”. He considers being in “Trops” as a new challenge for him. “SPS is live, so now I’ll be acting in a taped show naman,” he says.

Tommy is the tallest of the Baes at 6 ft. tall. He has finished radiology but opted to pursue a showbiz career. Jon and Joel are both masters of the dance floor. Direk Linnet promises that it’s not only millennial viewers but also their parents who can surely relate well with the show.

“We aim to bridge the so-called generation gap and explore some pressing issues about today’s young people, from their hair style and fashion sense to their attitudes about careers, family and relationships,” she says. “The show will also instill good values, especially about love and respect for elders, siblings and our fellowmen as a whole. So don’t miss ‘Trops’ when it starts airing this Monday.”