Do you want to see a musical TV program that’s like a giant concert and/or dance party, with several “mini segments” inserted in the said show as well? Would you like it that the show would feature live performances by not just one, three, or five marquee Filipino artists, but more than ten of them, with several more up-and-coming artists thrown in, too? If so, then perhaps ABS-CBN’s “ASAP” is what you have in mind! The said show airs on the TFC Channel, and you will find it under the “Variety” category of your TFC subscription. Look for the name TFC ASAP, which you can access with some of our TFC Packages. You then have the option of enjoying the show either on-demand or live. Click here for comprehensive information about all of our various TFC packages.
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About ABS-CBN/TFC “ASAP”
ABS-CBN’s “ASAP”, which actually stands for All-Star Sunday Afternoon Party, is the longest-running, award-winning musical variety TV show in the Philippines. Since debuting on February 5, 1995, the show airs every Sunday afternoon in the Philippines. You may watch it across the globe via your TFC subscription. Its list of hosts and performers reads like a veritable “Who’s Who” among the country’s marquee names in entertainment.
It all began on January 21, 1995, when “Eat Bulaga” left ABS-CBN for the GMA Network. ASAP was subsequently conceptualized as a “concert party” to replace “Eat Bulaga”, but to be airing only on Sundays. The idea caught on like wildfire. Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, Ariel Rivera, and Dayanara Torres would become the show’s first “batch” of main hosts. Martin Nievera would also coin the show’s name.
The then-very-young cast of the Filipino movie “Pare Ko” would later join in. The most notable among them were Claudine Barretto, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Jao Mapa, Rosselle Nava, and Victor Neri. Then Carlos Agassi, Marvin Agustin, Mylene Dizon, Baron Geisler, Jolina Magdangal, Diether Ocampo, Jericho Rosales, Judy Ann Santos, and Rico Yan would follow. They’d come from the youth-oriented television series “GIMIK”. Along with Rica Peralejo, they all became ASAP’s performers and co-hosts. The “idea” of employing “platoon” performers and co-hosts is in line with the show’s concept of being a “giant” concert and/or dance party. It is also meant to attract young viewers.
Leading man Piolo Pascual would then join the show’s already-vaunted list of performers and co-hosts during its First Anniversary celebration. And in 1997, Carol Banawa, John Lloyd Cruz, Jericho Rosales, and Lea Salonga would also come aboard the ASAP family. Dayanara would leave the country, but Charlene Gonzales took over her place. Joey Mead of Channel V fame also hang around for a while. And by 1998, after having been regular guests, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Vina Morales would also become hosts.
Its Own “Studio”, Comings & Goings
The show initially started broadcasting on February 1995, out of the Delta Theater in Quezon Avenue. In March of 1998, they’d transfer to their own studio (Studio 3) at the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center in Quezon City. And in the year 2000, they’d again transfer to their eventual “permanent residence”, Studio 10, at the same ABS-CBN Broadcast Center address.
In 2002, Rico passed away, then Jolina and Marvin left ASAP for the GMA Network’s “SOP Rules”. After ASAP was “reformatted” in 2003 as “ASAP Mania”, some of its hosts would also cross over to “SOP Rules”. But in 2004, with the addition of several singing champions, the show gained a loyal “following” among song-loving viewers. Among those singing champions are some of today’s marquee names: Sarah Geronimo, Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista, Erik Santos, Rachelle Ann Go, and Sheryn Regis.
The year 2005 would witness a format change to “ASAP '05”, and Toni Gonzaga joining the show. The following year would usher in the unveiling of a quite-complicated logo, wherein connected dots formed the word ASAP. This logo would remain in use until 2014. February 2007 would then bring Lani Misalucha to ASAP. Year 2008 would then see Ex-“SOP” performers Billy Crawford and Karylle (Zsa Zsa’s daughter) joining ASAP.
High-Profile “Defections” from the GMA Network
In 2012, after 10 years at the GMA Network, actress Iza Calzado would leave GMA’s “Party Pilipinas” to hop aboard ASAP. And in 2015, after over 15 years with the “Kapuso” Network, Kyla would also leave, deciding to join ABS-CBN. After GMA’s “Sunday All Stars”, the R & B singer-songwriter wanted to experience the “Kapamilya” Network’s “party” at ASAP! And in November 26, 2015, Elmo Magalona likewise became a Kapamilya after 6 years with the GMA Network. The son of the departed Philippine Rap King Francis Magalona also couldn’t resist joining the “party” at ASAP!
Relaunchings, “Set” and Name Changes, ABS-CBN Station ID “Venue”
The years 2010 through 2015 would usher in several re-launchings, “set” changes, and name changes at ASAP. For starters, to highlight its 15th Anniversary, the show would “re-launch” as “ASAP XV” on January 3, 2010. The show’s Special Anniversary on February 7, 2010, would witness the unveiling of a new “set”. Likewise, again shunning year numbers in the show’s title, the show would re-launch on January 2, 2011. That year, it used the new name “ASAP Rocks”, and a new “set” was again introduced on April 3, 2011. And on January 1, 2012, the show would yet again re-launch under the name “ASAP 2012”.
To commemorate the show’s 18th Anniversary on January 6, 2013, it adapted the name “ASAP 18”. Likewise, to celebrate its 19th Anniversary, the show would carry a similar name, “ASAP 19”, on January 5, 2014. Ditto on January 4, 2015, when the show was similarly named “ASAP 20”, to memorialize its 20th Anniversary. The year 2015 also witnessed the introduction of a new, simpler logo, replacing the vintage-2006 one. And Sarah, Toni, Piolo, & Bamboo Mañalac became the show’s main hosts. They would also figure prominently in the show’s new OBB (i.e., Opening Billboard).
And last January 3, 2016, for the first time after 13 years, the show reverted back to its original name, ASAP. Jolina and Luis Manzano subsequently joined Sarah, Toni, Piolo, and Bamboo, becoming the show’s main hosts. Additionally, ASAP would become the de facto “venue show” for the premier of every ABS-CBN Summer Station I.D.; i.e., each time ABS-CBN comes up with a brand-new Summer Station I.D. video, people would see it first at ASAP!
ASAP would also go on to “innovate” some new segments, like short skits as well as games featuring Kapamilya stars. Three of ASAP's “must-watch” segments are:
- “Birit Queens” (featuring Angeline Quinto, Jona, Klarisse de Guzman, and Morissette Amon)
- “Soul Sessions” (with Daryl Ong, Jason Dy, Jay R, KZ Tandingan, and Kyla)
- “ASAPinoy” (a tribute to OPM icons)
Stars & Luminaries in 2017
The year 2017 promises to be another watershed year for ASAP with the anticipated “comeback” of Dayanara. She’s the Puerto Rican actress, beauty queen, model, singer, and writer who was one of ASAP’s four original main hosts in 1995. She would end up winning the Miss Universe in 1993, and also capturing Aga Muhlach’s heart. A number of our entertainment industry’s luminaries and megastars have likewise made 2017 already very interesting by making appearances at ASAP or regularly gracing the show. They are Sarah, Alex Gonzaga, Toni, Jolina, Luis, Bamboo, Zsa Zsa, Erik, and Gary Valenciano.
Awards, Citations, & Nominations
Since its inception in 1995, ASAP has compiled a veritable number of awards/citations and nominations, which include:
- The “Live Entertainment Prize” at the 1st Asian TV Awards on November 29, 1996, wherein it “bested” its supposedly more-fancied rivals, namely the top music channels Channel V and MTV
- “Dance Group of the Year” (awarded to ASAP Supahdance) at the 2010 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (i.e., GMMSF) Box-Office Entertainment Awards
- “Most Promising Recording/Performing Group” (awarded to ASAP Boys R Boys) also at the 2010 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards
- For “Best Variety Show” (awarded to “ASAP XV”) at the 6th USTv Students’ Choice Awards in 2010
- Similarly, for “Best Musical Variety Show” (awarded to “ASAP Rocks”) at the PMPC Star Awards for TV in 2011
- For “Outstanding Musical Program” (awarded to “ASAP Rocks”) at the Golden Screen Awards in 2011
- Likewise, for “Best Musical Variety Show” (awarded to “ASAP 2012”) at the 10th Gawad Tanglaw for TV Awards in 2012
- Additionally, for “Best Musical Variety Show” (awarded to “ASAP 20”) at the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television in 2015
- Also, for “Best Musical Variety Show” (awarded to “ASAP”) at the 30th PMPC Star Awards for Television in 2016
So, do you want to experience the lively, almost club-like “atmosphere” and concert-like “quality” of ASAP now? Then grab that remote, crank up your home theater’s volume, and start enjoying the party!