The ‘sepanx’ is getting real as we count the days to FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’s final episode. Apart from the perfectly choreographed, heart-stopping action, we will also miss the characters in the longest-running teleserye, including the amusing tandem of Madam Lily (Lorna Tolentino) and her “loyal” but “bopol” sidekick Augustus (Dax Augustus).
Join Dax in this episode of Kapamilya Chat as he looks back on his ‘Probinsyano’ experience, specifically playing Lorna’s assistant and becoming her TikTok buddy, plus his discoveries about her.
Throughout its seven-year reign, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano has been the springboard for artists for more popularity. Case in point: Dax Augustus, who started as an unnamed background character, but is now an internet favorite. He has his on-screen boss, their hilarious banter, and their TikTok videos to thank for.
Before the newfound fame, Dax took acting workshops while finishing his degree in Architecture. But without his parents’ approval, his showbiz dreams took a backseat at some point. He was then invited in 2019 to play Madam Lily’s security – no specific character name, just the bodyguard in the background.
From there, we get the first bit of trivia: Lorna herself baptized the sidekick. “Si Ms. LT pa pumili ng pangalan ko. That time, gusto na niya akong tawagin sa pangalan pero wala nga akong pangalan sa show. Nag-isip siya, same day, ‘Ano ba’ng pangalan mo?’ Sabi ko, ‘Dax po.’ ‘Hindi, huwag natin gamitin ‘yung Dax baka pagtawanan ka.’” Then, she asked for his real second name, which is Augustus, and settled for it.
Dax eventually became an interesting element in the teleserye, thanks to his and Lorna’s funny ‘banat’, plus their behind-the-scenes TikTok videos. Just by watching their goofy uploads, even we are stunned by their unexpected friendship, which Dax credits to the veteran actress’ humility and ‘pakikisama.’
“Na-a-amaze ako sa personality na meron si Ms. Lorna Tolentino. Napakabait po talaga niya sa totoong buhay. Minsan siya pa ‘yung nagtatanong, ‘Ano nang i-ti-TikTok natin, Dax?’” Lorna would ask him to send her their TikTok videos, so she can also update her page.
He said creating TikTok videos was John Arcilla’s idea, to somewhat break the ice between them ‘kontrabidas’ and the furious audience.
Asked for more discoveries about his ‘boss,’ Dax mentioned Lorna brings the yummiest ice candies made by her assistant. She offers ride to their next locations, “Ang tawag namin sa van niya ‘school bus’ kasi malaki ‘yung van niya. Lagi niya akong sinasabay.” Her long-time driver is a namesake of her late husband Rudy Fernandez, her first and last love. She played Darna.
What’s your favorite moment of Madam Lily and Augustus?
Don’t miss the remaining episodes of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, weeknights, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.