A veteran and well-respected talent manager in show business told The Manila Times over a chit-chat one day that Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, the 28-year-old son of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is all set to join show business.
“He’s signed on with Betchay Vidanes,” said the source. “I hear they’re just figuring out if he’ll just go into music, or I guess, if he can act then it will also be TV and the movies.”
Baste is the hunky surfer/rocker boy among Duterte’s three children with first wife Elizabeth Zimmerman. His older siblings Sara and Paolo are both into politics, but the 28-year-old—who amassed thousands of followers on social media during their father’s presidential campaign—is apparently more inclined to the lights of show business.
A front man of a local band in Davao City, the country’s newest heartthrob showed he has the talent for singing, as well as playing the guitar and the drums, when he performed at a Cebu Coliseum sortie in March.
As for his taste in women, Baste also seems to like those that come from beneath the spotlight as his current girlfriend, with whom he has a two-year old son, is a former model by the name of Kate Necesario. Yes, she is the same Kate Necesario whose stint in an FHM issue in 2011 has been doing the rounds of social media.
Meanwhile, Baste’s choice for a manager was clearly influenced by his dad’s celebrity supporter Robin Padilla who had been a long-time talent of the Vidanes Talent Management group. He will be in good company then with the likes of Jasmine Curtis, Padilla’s daughter Kylie, and Mikael Daez among others.
Now the only question is when Baste Duterte’s official showbiz launch will be, and whether he will be a Kapamilya, a Kapuso or a Kapatid as the talents of ABS-CBN, GMA Network and TV5 call themselves respectively.
For sure it will be post-inauguration on June 30.
In the meantime, let the entertainment industry brace itself for another presidential offspring among its roster. For certainly, since the time of President Marcos, showbiz, in one way or another, has always had one of them around. Imee Marcos, Kris Aquino (for two administrations), Jo Ramos, Jinggoy Estrada, Mikee Arroyo, and very soon, Baste Duterte.