The ‘Baes’ as modern day ‘Bagets’


But with Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat
Millennials don’t have it easy. Pro­bably the most polarizing generation ever, millennials are sometimes described as driven and ambitious.

But they are also described as lazy, impatient, selfish, the embodiment of narcissism. They are, at least according to the adults who define them, the most spoiled generation in history.

The six “Baes” of Eat Bulaga and young actress Taki Saito — stars of the GMA Network late morning show Trops — are millennials. But they are anything but selfish, impatient, and lazy.

The “Baes,” composed of Kenneth Medrano, Miggy Tolentino, Joel Palencia, Tommy Peñaflor, John Timmons, and Kim Last were finalists on Eat Bulaga’s “That’s My Bae” talent search last year. Joining them on the show is 16-year-old Taki, the Japan-born, France-based newcomer who entered showbiz via the drama Calle Siete.

The ‘Trops’ are doing fine: Kenneth Medrano, Miggy Tolentino, Joel Palencia, Jon Timmons, Tommy Peñaflor and Kim Michael Last

The ‘Trops’ are doing fine: Kenneth Medrano, Miggy Tolentino, Joel Palencia, Jon Timmons, Tommy Peñaflor and Kim Michael Last

These seven young stars prove that millennials can live up to their other, more positive moniker as the next greatest generation.

“This has been a dream come true, but we’re not resting in our achievements just yet. Since a year ago, we’ve been wanting to do something different, we’ve been waiting to show our talents,” said Kim, the 19-year-old Filipino-British dancer who ended up giving up his studies in London to give showbiz in the Philippines a shot.

Kenneth, the 25-year-old Cebuano who came to Manila to try his luck in show business, said they were not impatient at all. Instead, they used that one year to prepare and become better artists.

“We didn’t expect this. We don’t feel we deserve this but we have a goal for ourselves and that is to be a good example for the youth,” he said.

Trops is the perfect project for these young stars. It’s a show that tells the story of six young men and the problems they face as millennials — their friendships, their relationships, their dramas. In short, it’s the modern day Bagets, but with Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and everything that defines today’s youth culture. It airs daily before Eat Bulaga on GMA Network.

Joel, a 22-year-old artist who left the daily grind of being a call center agent to pursue his real passion: performing. He feels luckier that in living his dream, he gets to better himself with a project like Trops.

Meanwhile, in working as a group, Filipino-American Jon, 21, conveyed, “The only competition is ourselves. So as long as we do better than yesterday, then that will bring us closer to the top. That’s all that matters.” Like most newcomers in show business, he wants to eventually support his mother, who has four jobs in the States. “Seeing my mom smile is the best part,” he said.

“The Baes are very close—as close as brothers. Every morning, we share Bible verses to keep a positive outlook and to energize us in everything we do,” said Miggy, 20, who was helping out in his mother’s carinderia before entering showbiz.

But the wait was worth it. During their first week of airing, Trops dominated in its timeslot by getting around 6.2 to 6.4 percent in the ratings. That’s not just because they are showbiz’s most current eye candies. It’s also because of hard work.

“The night before our first day, I couldn’t sleep. Our call time was six in the morning, dumating ako ng five. That was how excited I was,” said Taki. “The pressure is on all of us since a lot of people expect so much from us given this huge opportunity. So we really have to give it back to them and do our best.”

“But it’s a good kind of pressure. Positive pressure,” said Kenneth.

“It’s more of a motivation,” said Tommy, the 23-year-old from Bataan.

And they don’t do this for themselves as well. Beyond popularity, what they want to do with Trops is provide a good role model to the often-misrepresented millennials.

It’s difficult to rewrite and change how adults see millennials. But they’re up for the challenge.


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