PAANDAR 2019: Remarkable, inspiring stories featured on ASAP Natin 'To that truly warmed our hearts

ASAP Natin ‘To has not only been our source of entertainment every Sunday high noon through the years, but it has also become a provider of inspiration to many. Not only it does simply feature inspiring stories, but it has showcased meaningful and relevant stories as well that truly touch the hearts and inspire the viewers.

From beautiful love stories to inspiring tales of ordinary people, viewers were surely moved and touched by each narrative, by how pursuing their passions have helped them succeed or simply be happy in life.

Kilig tales of love

James and Thalia Agbayani

Bea expressed how happy she was for her brother James Carlos and his fiancee Thalia Agbayani, who happens to be the eldest daughter of comedian Bayani Agbayani. Bea wished that the two would just always hold onto their love for each other no matter what challenges life may throw at them. 

On the other hand, Bayani imparted how the two met, saying that James and Thalia actually went to the same college and that was when they started to get to know each other.

Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati

Arguably one of the couples being looked up to by their colleagues in the local entertainment scene, Richard and Sarah, as many of us know, first crossed paths via a teleserye they were working on prior to transferring to the Kapamilya network. Sarah shared how persistent Richard was in courting her as he really exerted effort in meeting her parents, especially when her dad visited the country. Furthermore, they both shared that their kids, Zion and Kai, really solidified their relationship even more.

Ben Wintle and Iza Calzado

Ben Wintle is the man who made Iza Calzado realize that there is love that can last now and forevermore. 

According to him, she immediately fell in love with him because of his voice when they met for first time at an event. She then happily told us how grateful she is for marrying a good, funny, and smart guy like Ben and that there’s nothing that can ever get in the way of their love for one another.

Moira Dela Torre & Jason Hernandez

Hugot songs authority Moira Dela Torre has found her forever in fellow singer-songwriter Jason Hernandez. She revealed that they were classmates back in college and after a worship songwriting event, they became closer and were able to know each other more. After almost ten years of being together, they finally tied the knot as they continuously put God at the center of their relationship.

Power Duo

Ajha and Jervin, more popularly known as the Power Duo, did not only dance together gracefully, but with full emotions as well. They first met in a dance group where they were always paired with each other. That’s when they became more comfortable with each other and later on fell in love. Aside from being the grand winners of Pilipinas Got Talent Season 5, what makes them forever winners is having each other by their sides, hopefully, for the rest of their lives.

Inspiring anecdotes

Viral singer Gerald Hernandez

Videoke is life for 22-year old Gerald Hernandez, a Grade 10 student hailing from Tondo, Manila. Talent really knows no status or boundary in life and he has proven it the moment he did not let his condition called Muscular Dystrophy hinder him from showcasing his talent in singing. Despite his illness, his parents proudly imparted how he would always join contests and all the prizes he would get from those contests definitely have helped them.

Batch 2019 graduates

ASAP has definitely been a platform that features stories worth telling and worth knowing. One of the most remarkable stories for this year was that of the graduates of Batch 2019, such as Minerva Borca and Emma Bueno. 

Minerva moved us with how she gave her best in her studies so she can start working right after graduating and make her mom finally come home after years of working abroad. Emma, on the other hand, was the inspiring transwoman from Naga who raised the flag of the LGBTQ+ community as she fought for her right to attend their graduation after being barred from entering the venue for coming in female attire.

Ingrid Payaket

There’s possibly no heartache painful than giving up in pursuing your passion just to give way to your priorities in life you consider more important. And this might just be right for the 30-year old nurse from Baguio, Ingrid Payaket, who was given a chance by ASAP Natin ‘To to once again do her passion which has always been singing. And it was not just plain singing because she was given the opportunity to perform with some of the country’s veteran singers like Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Queen of R&B Kyla, and Fearless Diva Jona.

‘Tatay’ taho vendor and ‘anak’ Atty. Alex Castro

Alex Castro, a law graduate from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and Tatay Dong Corpuz, a taho vendor in the university, proved that familial love does not only lie in blood but in the bond formed between people who treat one another as family. 

When Alex was still in undergraduate school, Tatay Dong would always make it a point to give her taho either before or after her class, which actually favored her since she usually had to skip breakfast. 
Considering her as his own daughter, he is one of those who are so proud of her now that she is already a lawyer.

Trending stories

Rakista Crystal Gatchalian

Crystal Gatchalian did not expect that her video belting out “Banal na Aso, Santong Kabayo” during a school event was going to trend. According to her, she was inspired by one of the contestants of It’s Showtime’s Tawag Ng Tanghalan who also sang this song.

Dancing couple AC & Matt

The love story of viral dancing couple Matt Padilla and AC Lalata began in a show where they were both cast. Since then, they became partners not only on the dance floor, but in real life as well. 

Both of them have brought honor and pride to the country as they represented the Philippines in various international competitions together. That is why in 2013, they decided to share their talent by starting to teach kids and mentor artists.

Singing sensation the Behagan Twins

These beautiful and talented Caviteñas, who also happened to be twins, became viral on Facebook through their notable and impressive song covers. They shared that they started to sing through karaoke when they were still young. Their first cover immediately garnered more than three million views just after three days.

Ukelele Boy of Cebu Junlie

Junlie Cabradilla, the talented young boy from Talisay City, Cebu, amazed a foreigner who then filmed him while playing ukulele and uploaded the video on social media.

According to him, it was his father and older brother who influenced him and taught him how to play the instrument. Because of his commendable talent in playing the instrument, ASAP Natin ‘To gave him a chance to perform onstage with some of the respected Kapamilya artists, including Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano and singer-actress Janella Salvador.

Astig rapper firefighter na si Mark Jayson

Aside from serving Barangay Dolores in Taytay, Rizal as an active firefighter, Mark Jayson also has an extraordinary passion for rapping. He shared how he would share his talent to his schoolmates when he was still in high school. Because of this, ASAP Natin ‘To noticed his talent and gave him the stage to perform the song "Simpleng Tao” alongside Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 2 Grand Winner Janine Berdin, Pop Rock Princess Yeng Constantino and Pinoy Rap Icon Gloc-9.

Which among these stories featured on ASAP Natin ‘To have left indelible marks in your hearts and minds?