When stars align and appear together as one, a historic, unprecedented feat happens.
This certainly took place as the biggest Kapamilya stars gathered as one to grace ASAP Natin ‘To initial, groundbreaking simulcast on TV5, expanding the show’s reach from its current lineup of free TV, cable, and digital platforms.
On the “ASAP as One” episode on Sunday, January 24, the longest-running Sunday noontime concert party’s premiere OPM icons Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Erik Santos, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid performed in celebratory fashion, together with top stars from Kapamilya programs singing and dancing to the tune of Alamid’s “Sama-Sama” in the breathtaking opening number.
The icons shared the same stage with lead stars of popular Kapamilya teleseryes such as Kira Balinger and Grae Fernandez of Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin and Heaven Peralejo, Barbie Imperial, Michelle Vito, Tony Labrusca, Kiko Estrada and Yves Flores from Bagong Umaga. Likewise the momshies of Magandang Buhay—Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal, and Melai Cantiveros—together with members of the It’s Showtime family—Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, and Jhong Hilario—joined in the performance.
We would also see members of the Gold Squad—Andrea Brillantes, Francine Diaz, Kyle Echarri, and Seth Fedelin—and other network stars such as Kim Chiu, Enchong Dee, Joshua Garcia, Loisa Andalio, and Ronnie Alonte with superb performers KZ Tandingan, Jed Madela, Nyoy Volante, Jason Dy, Janine Berdin, Elha Nympha, Sheena Belarmino, Jona, and Angeline Quinto. Bamboo, Moira dela Torre, Darren Espanto, Inigo Pascual, Charlie Dizon, Jeremy Glinoga, Jameson Blake, Aljon Mendoza, Joao Constancia, Lance Carr, and host Robi Domingo would also appear later in the show.
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano lead star Coco Martin and Iba ‘Yan host Angel Locsin would also impart heartfelt, inspirational messages, while It’s Showtime host Anne Curtis would also greet Kapamilya and Kapatid viewers on a virtual call.
These stars appeared throughout the show with their respective hosting segments and performances, but the highlight of the episode was the welcoming of Janine Gutierrez into the ASAP Natin ‘To family and as a Kapamilya artist.
A visibly ecstatic and insanely gorgeous Janine sang the fitting number “Panaginip” originally sung by Hotdog featuring Gina Montes to mark her entry as a Kapamilya. She would sing the tune with the show’s top male icons Martin, Gary and Ogie, serenading her in the number. Answering the icons’ questions about how she felt being a Kapamilya, Janine would say “parang isang panaginip talaga,” admitting it has truly been her utmost dream to become part of ABS-CBN. Janine would reveal it was a “surreal” stepping in ABS-CBN studios for the first time. Janine’s younger brother Diego is also a performer on ASAP Natin’ To.
In pre-recorded messages in congratulating Janine, parents Ramon Christopher and Lotlot de Leon, brother Diego, grandmother Pilita Corrales, and grandfather Christopher de Leon all sent well wishes.
This historic TV event truly set the Internet on fire, with a multitude of hashtags, topics, and mentions related to the show trending nationwide, with the official hashtag #ASAPasOne topping the list. Other hashtags and mentions included those about the show’s top performers and guests, and its unprecedented simulcast on TV5.