Thousands flock to star-studded ASAP show

Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Gary Valenciano: Regular hosts of ASAP. Topnotch singers and great artists in the Philippine music industry

Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Gary Valenciano: Regular hosts of ASAP. Topnotch singers and great artists in the Philippine music industry

FilAms pack the 16,000-plus capacity L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.

FilAms pack the 16,000-plus capacity L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.

By Cecile Caguingin-Ochoa

More than 12,000 entertainment fans mostly from Southern California attended the 20th anniversary of ASAP (All-Star Sunday Afternoon Party) held October 11 at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.

ASAP is a variety musical production by ABS-CBN based in the Philippines and shown in U.S. through The Filipino Channel (TFC).

“It is the biggest Philippine-produced show that L.A. has seen; I do follow these events closely as a fan and as a media person,“ said photographer Evangeline Rodriguez of this ezine The FilAm L.A.

Evangeline and her teammate Tet Valdez, both received this year’s honorary recognition from Plaridel Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism.

ASAP had its pilot episode on February 5, 1995, and airs live Sundays in Manila.

The sold-out show featured 40 stars, including hearththrobs Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Piolo Pascual, Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Enrique Gil, Julia Barretto, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador.

Evangeline reported: “Xian Lim and Kim Chu (KIMXI) is regarded as one of the most popular love teams in the Philippines. Kim Chiu is considered the hottest celebrity among her contemporaries and one of the most bankable stars of the youngest generation. She’s an actress but not a singer. Great product endorser. Teen princess of Philippine cinema and TV soap opera. This love team is considered a jewel of ABS-CBN.”

Thunderous applause rocked the L.A. Coliseum, site of the 1984 Summer Olympics, every time a performer or groups came on stage.

Another hot young love team and crowd favorite was Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo (KATHNEL)

“Daniel is the Pinoy Justin Bieber. A lot of older folks consider him their ‘anak,’” described Evangeline. “Sila rin ang pinagkaguluhan sa LAX when they arrived here last Thursday. Fans from all over really waited for their arrival sa airport.”

Pictures, indeed, are worth more than a thousand words. Let these photos share the day when ASAP brought together thousands of homesick Pinoys. Photos by Tet Valdez/TetBee Photography.

Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga and John Lloyd Cruz:  Jewels of ABS-CBN

Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga and John Lloyd Cruz: Jewels of ABS-CBN

The stars of Kapamilya Channel

The stars of Kapamilya Channel

Daniel Padilla & Kathryn Bernardo; Kim Chiu & Xian Lim

Daniel Padilla & Kathryn Bernardo; Kim Chiu & Xian Lim

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