After my 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. training class in Makati, I immediately went to BGC for TV5’s Lakbai travel show presscon. I got there a little bit early because I was really excited to meet Baste. Thanks to my teacher/trainor Ma’am Quich who dismissed us a little bit early. I was able to eat an early dinner, catch up with blogger friends and had enough time to prepare my camera, sd card and battery just in time for the presscon that started at around 7 p.m.
LAKBAI is a witty compressed form of “Lakaw Ta Bai” in Davaoeno dialect or Visayan language which translates to “Lakad tayo, kaibigan” in Tagalog or “Tara Na Bes!” in Tagalog slang. It is a clever title that also connote the Tagalog word “Lakbay” which means “Travel” so the best translation I could think of is “Let’s travel my friend” in English.
“Wala eh, hindi ko na mapigilan kasi, ‘di ba? Nag-decide na lang ako to try showbiz (I can’t help it, I can’t stop it, isn’t it? that’s why I just decided to try showbiz),” the 29-year old Sebastian “Baste” Duterte said at TV5’s Lakbai’s media launch held at Aracama Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City on Wednesday night.
Baste also shared that the producer who presented the reality tv format show did not have a hard time luring him in. “They didn’t convince me. Desisyon ko lang ito. Sayang din naman iyong suweldo. Iyon lang naman iyon (This is my own decision. I don’t want to pass the chance to earn money. That’s all there is to it),” Duterte shared.
“If this doesn’t work out, puwede naman akong umuwi sa Davao (I’ll go back home to Davao),” he added.
Everyone had a good laugh with the witty answers of the young Duterte.
His father, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) is famous for his witty one-liner similar to the ones Baste said during the press conference. I guess it is part of the charm of the Duterte’s.
But as far as acting is concerned, Baste Duterte said he is closing his doors.
“Wala talaga akong talent sa pag-acting. Ito kasi travel show, reality pa. Wala na akong babaguhin. Bayaran lang ako (I don’t have talent for acting. This is a travel show, what’s more it’s a reality show. I don’t have to change anything about myself. I’m just gonna get paid for this),” Baste Duterte said.
This is Baste Duterte’s first bid in the local entertainment scene. It you can still recall, Baste’s only close brushed in show business was through his involvement with sexy star Ellen Adarna. Whom he had an eight months relationship.
He claims to ba camera shy, so the producer of the show, Jako De Leon ( Joey De Leon’s son) made sure he’ll be comfortable by allowing him to star together with some of his closest friends —his best friend since Kindergarten S’Boi Malicay, his lawyer who eventually became his drinking buddy and friend Atty. Alexis Lumbatan and his surfing videographer who eventually became his friend Andrei Apostol.
It also feature viral video sensation, Bogart the Explorer, who also hails from Davao and has an above average “Australian Accent”.
“You’ve seen me being funny in my travel videos. But in this show, these guys are the funny ones. They’re hilarious. You’ll love them,” Bogart the explorer said.
“I’ve done a solo travel show, and I can tell you this is 100 times more fun talaga,” he quips.
Baste Duterte and his friends will personally show us the different places in the Philippines that are less travelled. The show’s producer promises everyone that the places they’ve covered for Lakbai were never seen before. Since it is a reality show among friends expect it to be hilarious, comfortable and easy to relate to. Just like your own barkada trip. Baste and his squad promises you that you’ll find yourself laughing so hard when you watch their show.
A special guest will also appear in each episode. For the first episode the only clue they gave me is sexy, female. So, in order for you to know who that special guest is don’t forget to watch the pilot episode on May 21 after the PBA game over at TV 5.
The show, which will air every Sunday night after the Philippine Basketball Association games, runs for an hour per episode, and will cover two to three places per installment.
According to TV 5 Head of Programming Mell Yazon-Tolentino the places that was visited by Baste and friends are the city of Mati in Davao Oriental, the city of Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, Siargao and the provinces of Bukidnon and Siquijor.
“Lakbai” premieres on May 21, 2017 after the PBA match between Ginebra and San Miguel. It there’s no overtime I think Lakbai’s premiere episode will be shown at around 8:45 p.m. if there’s an overtime. So better eat dinner or prepare your snacks and rate Baste on his first ever reality television show.
Lakaw ta bai!
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