Sef, Betong level up as hosts

Honey Orio-Escullar - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - “Expect the funniest and wackiest team-up,” says Betong Sumaya of his tandem with Sef Cadayona on GMA 7’s latest comedy offering titled Sabado Badoo to air Saturdays starting tonight at 6.

Bubble Gang mainstays Sef and Betong are set to reveal more of their funniest side as they take on a hosting job that incorporates their style of comedy.

Sef, who is also seen with Betong in the musical comedy segment of Sunday All Stars, shares his excitement over working with the latter again. “I and Kuya Betong are so happy to be in this tandem and I must admit our chemistry is undeniable.”

The StarStruck 5 alumnus also expresses gratitude for the project. “I didn’t expect this to happen early as I’m only turning five in this industry,” says Sef, who also got popular thanks to his hit P20-ice cream commercial. “All I can say is I’m so grateful to GMA (management) for this opportunity and for appreciating all my efforts. I owe it all to them. I think this is my lucky year.”

Sef doesn’t even mind if he is identified by the gay roles in most of his GMA shows. Given his natural skill in comedy, it no longer came as a surprise when he eventually became a part of Bubble Gang in 2013.

He says, “I enjoy making people happy. I think that’s what people noticed about me at mas nagustuhan nila which is at the same time yun naman po yung gusto ko talaga — doing comedy.”

Betong, on the other hand, feels equally grateful that he has come this far — hosting his own show. It can be recalled that before Betong’s first big TV break when he was named Sole Survivor in Survivor Philippines’ Celebrity Doubles Showdown in 2011, he worked as a production assistant in Probe Team for eight years. He became a segment host in several GMA News TV shows like Kay Susan Tayo and in 2012, he officially became a Bubble Gang mainstay.

If they were to name the most memorable thing/event in their life, they agree that it is being part of the longest-running gag show. Bubble Gang has provided them the perfect avenue to showcase their natural style of humor and has opened for them many doors of opportunities. Presently, Sef also appears in Vampire Ang Daddy Ko while Betong is in Once Upon A Kiss and GMA News TV’s Ang Pinaka.

“I love my Bubble Gang family and I couldn’t imagine my life without it,” admits Sef.

Even Betong who dreams to become a dramatic actor insists that “for now, I am happy kung ano po yung meron ako sa Bubble Gang. I couldn’t believe even up to now how lucky I am to be part of the show and to be able to work with kuya Ogie (Alcasid) and kuya Bitoy (Michael V). It was only a dream but I never expected it to happen but when it did, ‘Wow, thank you, Lord! Makakasama ko sila,’ iba yung tama niya na parang natural high.”

Sabado Badoo, directed by Tata Betita, will feature videos and scenes from the past GMA shows in a fresh and comedic manner. The videos may be presented based on their categories like a countdown, a mash-up of different scenes and many more. It can make the viewers reminisce the past and make the young generation connect with the older ones.

“We assure that the viewers will enjoy the show because they will be able to watch a series of throwback videos from the past that might have been forgotten already and not yet seen by the present generation,” says Betong.

“It’s going to be funny. We’ll do our best to keep the viewers glued to their television watching the show. There’s going to be lots of colors, lots of love and lots of high-fives,” Sef concludes.











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