It all began when Eat Bulaga! moved to another network on January 21, 1995. ABS-CBN then moved the long-running and much syndicated "Sa Linggo nAPO Sila" to the former's time slot at noontime daily. To replace the show, ASAP was born.
For the first time on TV, the new show brought together four of the most well-known personalities in their respective fields: "Concert King" Martin Nievera, "Concert Queen" Pops Fernandez, singer and matinee idol Ariel Rivera, and Miss Universe 1993 and "Dancing Queen" Dayanara Torres. This unprecedented move redefined noontime shows in the country.
Along with the four main hsots, ASAP made another first by showcasing then upcoming teenage stars from ABS-CBN's Talent Center and the "Pare Ko" cast: Claudine Barretto, Jao Mapa, Gio Alvarez, Roselle Nava, Victor Neri, Nikka Valencia and Jolina Magdangal. They were later joined by Marvin Agustin, Diether Ocampo and Mylene Dizon (from the youth-oriented show GIMIK) and Rica Peralejo. Within a year, these young talents had become some of the most bankable stars in showbiz, thanks in large part to their exposure on ASAP.
The first ASAP episode was broadcast in February 1995, from the Delta Theatre, which served as an ABS-CBN studio until 1998.
ASAP premieres on Philippine television with the biggest names in music and show business. Concert King and Queen Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez, top OPM artist Ariel Rivera, and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres are chosen as the main hosts. The show is telecast live from Delta Theatre.
1995 - 1997
Casting Group: To add fun and youthfulness to the show, ASAP taps the teen stars of the time (most of them stars of the box office movie "Pare Ko") including Claudine Barretto, RIco Yan, Jao Mapa, JOlina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Rica Peralejo, Diether Ocampo, Jericho Rosales, Carlos Agassi, JOhn Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual and Judy ann Santos.
Celebrity Power: From week to week, special gusest host add more glitter to the already brilliant ASAP cast, among them Gary Valenciano, ZsaZsa Padilla, Aga Muhlach, Charlene Gonzalez and Richard Gomez.
Fresh Approach: Special segments hit the screen, week in and week out, to showcase the unequaled talents of the ASAP cast. "Pops Flavor of the MOnth," "Pops Muzik," "Sayawnara," "OPM a la Nievera," "OPM a la Rivera," and "Radio ASAP's" DZMM (Martin's Mix) and DWRR (Rivera Request) were eagerly anticipated by the live studio audience and televiewers.
Musical Milestone: ASAP debuts its first themesong in Episode 10 titled, "Hot na Hot ang ASAP," complete with blazing fire on the stage.
The Love Story: Aga Muhlach and Dayanara Torres fall in love as the nation watches every Sunday.
True Kapamilya moment: Martin and POps with sons Robin and Ram come together for their first production number as a family.
Winning Formula: ASAP's trademark of putting together great talents on one stage shows Martin, Gary V. and ZsaZsa together in their first production number on the show for ASAP's first anniversary.
Unbeatable: ASAP makes a historical win by beating top music channels MTV and Channel V in the 1st Asian TV awards, bagging the Live Entertainment prize on November 29, 1996.
Unstoppable: ASAP celebrates its second anniversary at the Araneta Coliseum with a new theme song titled, "Better than Ever."
1998 - 2000
The Big Move: After 2 years of happy memories at the Delta Theater, ASAP moves to its new home at ABS-CBN's Studio 10.
The Break Up: Martin announces he'll be leaving ASAP on May 10, 1998. Pops walks out of the show.
The Tension: Pops and Martin grow apart following Martin's announcement of quitting the show. A new directive is set: real-life husband and wife could have no production numbers or spiels together.
1998 - 2003
The Breakdown: As tensions build between the Concert King and Queen, Pops cries as she sings "I Wanna Know What Love is" on ASAP.
Music Royalty: The Queen of SOul Jaya and POP Diva Kuh Ledesma perform for the first time on ASAP.
Brilliant Additions: The Divine Diva ZsaZsa Padilla and top dramatic actor Richard Gomez join ASAP's main hosts.
Shock Jock: Popular DJ Mo Twister becomes a controversial mainstay on the show.
Hellos: Pops celebrates her first birthday on ASAP without Martin on December 13, 1998 but she gets a phone patch greeting from him.
Goodbyes: Charlene bids ASAP goodbye on January 24, 1999.
Home of the Stars: ABS-CBN tops the ratings game with the teleserye - Judy Ann Santos' "Esperanza" is No.1 while Claudine Barretto's "Mula sa Puso," ends a successful run. They celebrate on ASAP, which fittingly mounts a teleserye-themed episode.
Unique Groupings: March 11, 2011 saw the launch of the Hunks, comprised of Diether Ocampo, Jericho Rosales, Carlos Agassi, Bernard Palanca and Piolo Pascual.
Longevity: ZsaZsa Padilal marks two colorful decades in showbiz with "20 na Zsa!"
All the Best: "50 years of ABs-CBN" kicks off on ASAP on February 2, 2002 with the premiere of a Station ID featuring 50 of the country's biggest stars, including Sharon Cuneta, Nora Aunor, Maricel Soriano, Aga Muhlach and Dolphy.
Ever Fresh: Mr. Pure Energy Gary V. celebrates his 20th anniversary in showbiz on March 23, 2002.
2004 - 2006
Grandslam: Piolo Pascual is hailed on ASAP for his sweep of the Best Supporting Actor awards for "Dekada '70."
Star Power: Big welcomes on ASAP for Bea Alonzo, Teleserye Princess and Erik Santos, Star in a MIllion winner on January 4, 2004.
Home at Last: Gary Valenciano, who never had a home station before ABS-CBN, officially jois the ASAP family on January 11, 2004.
Iconic: Acclaimed actor Aga Muhlach celebrates 20 years in showbiz.
First International Broadcast: Simulataneous ASAP presentations are broadcast from ABS-CBN's Studio 10 and San Francisco, USA's Cow Palace on April 4, 2004.
Youthquake: Luis Manzano's "Asap Fanatic," ASAP's youth-oriented spin off, airs for the first time on May 23, 2004.
A Decade of ASAP: The show celebrates its 10th anniversary. In a tribute to the King of Philippine Cinema, the late Fernando Poe, Jr., Gary V. sings "what God had Put Him Through."
Biggest Gathering of Fil-Ams: July 2005 sees the Kapamilya US Caravan in America at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and again at the MOnster Park in San Francisco.
Centerstage: Sarah Geronimo joins the ASAP All star Family.
Knockout Moment: FOr the first time, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao guests on ASAP on January 29, 2006.
Launchpad: Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition's Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson make their first ASAP appearance on June 18, 2006.
Branching Out: ASAP build its strength as a brand and became a multimedia powerhouse, successfully delivering into recording under ASAP Music. It went on to produce successful albums such as Hotsilog, ASAP ULtimate Dance 4 and ASAP Supahdance!
Fresh Idea: ASAP holds the first ever Pop Viewer's Choice Award.
Potential: KIm and Gerald celebrate their first showbiz anniversary on ASAP.
Growth: Piolo Pascual marks 10 years in showbiz.
Celebrity Spawn: ASAP holds a special welcome for KC Concepcion as she joins ABS-CBN's Kapamilya stars.
The Big Switch: ASAP welcomes Angel Locsin as the newest Kapamilya.
A Star is Born: ASAP celebrates Charice Pempengco's US success on December 2, a few days before she guests on the famed Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Global Pinoy Icon: Arnel Pineda is feted as Journey's new frontman, on ASAP.
Breakthrough: "Sandosenang Saya: 55 Years of ABS-CBN" goes on air with ASAP in five different locations on January 28 (Manila, Dagupan, Bacolod, Cebu and Davao)
Milestone: Martin Celebrates 30 years in showbiz with "Martin XXX."
World Class: ASAP celebrates 30 years of international star Lea Salonga.
International recording artist Billy Crawford gets a big welcome to the ASAP family on June 15.
Memorable: ASAP goes to Guam on October 19.
Reunited: Karylle joins her mother, ZsaZsa Padilla as a regular part of the ASAP family.
Comic Relief: The KantoBOys featuring Billy Crawford, Vhong Navarro, JOhn LLoyd Cruz, Luis Manzano (with Sam Milby and Mark Bautista) is officially launched on January 12.
Mash-Up: Fil-American APl D Ap of the world famous Black Eyed Peas rocks ASAP's stage on January 5 in a collaboration with Billy Crawford.
Live Acts: ASAP Sessionistas is born putting together some of the best names in live music entertainment.
Gone Too Soon: The country's top musical performers pay tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on June 27.
Hero's Welcome: Efren Penaflorida, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year is honored in a global production number with Lea Salonga, Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda.
Big Thank You: ASAP pays another tribute, this time to the late, beloved former President Cory Aquino.
A First: Martin and Gary Valenciano promote their first joint concert, "As 1."
Full Circle: Star Magic celebrates its 17th anniversary and launches the Star Magic Catalogue.
This was indeed a memorable year for ASAP as it was renamed "ASAP XV" to signify its 15th year anniversary. Jam-packed with fresh faces, segments, album launch, exceptional performances and concerts were prepared to commemorate the celebration
There are many reasons why this year was remarkable most especially to some of its pioneer hosts. Aside from the show celebrating its 15th anniversary, Mr. Pure Energy Gary V celebrated his 27th year in showbusiness in April, alongside the Concert King Martin Nievera who celebrated his 28th year in the industry in July
It was also this year when ABSCBN paid tribute to the 60 years of Pinoy Soap Opera, delivering quality entertaining and "tagos sa puso" series such as Rubi, Agua Bendita, PHR Impostor, Kokey at Ako and Habang May Buhay.
This year also, ABSCBN's talent bank and home of the best artists of today's Philippine showbiz celebrated its 18th year, featuring its latest batch of fresh faces launched in 2008, including one of the ASAP Boyfriendz today, Enrique Gil.
ASAP XV Getaways.
ASAP XV made waves in the island of Boracay in March. Meanwhile, the show's ultimate getaway happened in Philippine's Summer Capital City, the City of Baguio, in December of the year, as they also did ASAP XV Gives back, expressing and showing the true essence of Christmas that is the spirit of sharing.
ASAP XV was also able to engage in some foreign and local concerts that happened in the country.
In February, they were able to feature 90's boyband Backstreet Boys and made everyone laugh at the hilarious concert My Poohlish Heart concert with Pooh. Love bloomed "One A-more Time" in a concert with concert king and queen Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez in the same month.
Paramore live in Manila rocked the house come March, same with first season American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson who held a concert in May.
Asian invasion happened when Korean Popstars Jay Park and K-Pop group, Super Junior performed in May and June.
By June of the same year, homegrown ASAP artist Nikki Gil starred a lead role in a theater-musical version of Legally Blonde shown here in Manila.
ASAP XV's Chillout, a segment that features backstage happenings and more on "kulitan" and "chill" encounters with ASAP stars and guests was launched in August 2010. It is shown interactively on ASAP website so that fans may get to interact and have a good conversation with their idols through messages and chat.
Heartbreaking news erupted early morning of April 17 2010, Sunday confirming the death of Star Magic talent and ASAP regular, AJ Perez who was caught in a vehicular accident on his way home from an event in Dagupan. It was truly a devastating moment not only to his family but to all Kapamilyas and fans who were all shocked. AJ was a member of ASAP Giggerboys and were friends to all members of the group.
America's Best Dance Crew champion Jabbawockeez were ready to burn up the dancefloor! The hiphop group tha's mainly composed of Filipinos was officially launched as a Kapamilya in January 2010. They became part of ASAP XV who revolutionized dance mixes done in its dance segments and is considered as the home of the best dance groups such as Streetboys, Manoeuvres, X10 and the G-Force.
ASAP XV was also revisited by Fil-Brit young crooner Charlie Green in January until March. In October of 2010, ASAP XV welcomed back one of its finest singers through the years, Carol Banawa guested in ASAP XV in October followed by an album launching of "My Music My Life" in November.
During the same year, ASAP XV was awarded Best Variety Show by USTv Students' Choice Awards.
After ASAP XV in 2010, the multi-awarded musical variety show was renamed ASAP ROCKS, in 2011. The maiden episode of ASAP ROCKS for the year reinforced its "Concert Experience" concept. True to its concept, ASAP Rocks has got all the Prime Concert Performers in the country.
Countless exciting events transpired this year. This was topped by the most coveted awards garnered by the show.
BEST MUSICAL VARIETY SHOW (PMPC STAR AWARDS 2011) and the OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PROGRAM (GOLDEN SCREEN AWARDS 2011)
The unbeatable drawing power of ASAP ROCKS was once again proven when more than 50,000 people rushed to its ASAP ROCKS CEBU SPECIAL on 27 March 2011. It was In the same episode that the ABS-CBN SUMMER STATION ID was launched, i.e., the "BIDA BEST SA TAG-ARAW", sung by Angeline Quinto & Vincent Bueno featuring rapper J.O.L.O. aka J-Dot.
One of the most unforgettable ASAP Rocks episodes was that of 9 January, where Iñigo, son of Piolo Pascual seemingly joined the latter in singing the Beatles' song "I Want To Hold Your Hand", in a pre-taped video clip shown on the center LED during the live show. The guesting of no other than our very own international music sensation, Apl De Ap, on October 16 was truly a blast. Moreover, as the yuletide season approaches. ASAP Rocks features the angelic sound of the Libera Boys Choir on October 23.
ASAP ROCKS is consistent in featuring only the best songs, performers and stage visual effects throughout the year. It marked new additions in the show's new groups & segments, anniversary specials; record-breaking album sales, special achievements & awards and socio-civic advocacies.
ASAP became the home of different kapamilya celebrations and milestones. Toni, Bea and Sam Concepcion's 10th anniversary, Anne Curtis' 14th, Gary V and Zsazsa's 28th, Kuh Ledesma's 30th. Also, MMK's 20th and Star Cinema's 18th anniversary specials.
ASAP rocks paved way to a number of segments that launched kapamilya superstars! ASAP Pinoy Champs was born on February 20 featuring Jovit, Yeng and Angeline and later in July PGT season 2 winner Marcelito Pomoy joined the group. Boys R Boys on October and a Kapamilya welcome to Paulo Avelino!
ASAP Rocks showcased the supahdance talents of kapamilyas nationwide with 'ASAP Supahdance-off' om May to June. The Campers' Champs won the battle and later on signed as a Star Magic artist.
ASAP Rocks helped the country in strengthening Socio-Civic advocacies such as 'No to mining in Palawan, 'Choose Philippines' website launch and ASAP Gives Back on December!
The show also paid tribute to the country's pride such as the Dragonboat Team, Philippine Azkals, Shamcey Supsup and Nonito Donaire to name a few.
It also celebrated the hottest and most popular stars at the movies, on TV and in the music scene with ASAP POP Viewer's Choice 2011 on November! The month after we hailed the country's record-breakers and chart-topppers through the 24K & Platinum Circle Awards 2011! Charice as the Golden Voice Award, Elite Platinum Circle Award to Asiansation Christian Bautista and Diamond Record Award to SpongeCola. Special citations was given to Kris Aquino's 'Songs of Love 7: Healing and my heart's journey' compilation album.
It's definitely more fun in ASAP 2012 as it continues to provide the audience with world-class performances.
Hello & Goodbye: Added to the roster of brilliant artists this year are Teen sensations Kathryn Bernardo & Daniel Padilla, Pilipinas Got talent 3rd runner up Khalil Ramos, Ms. Iza Calzado, Frontman & singer Bamboo, X Factor Philippines 2012 champion KZ Tandingan, Callalily vocalist Kean Cipriano, Salamin vocalist & son of Mr. Pure Energy Paolo Valenciano, singer and songwriter Nyoy Volante & Ms. Universe 2010 4th runner up Venus Raj.
Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo temporarily leaves ASAP 2012 to focus on her new Sunday night Concert Variety show Sarah G Live.
Foreign guests: World class means having International guests and stepping on ASAP 2012's stage are teen singer Greyson Chance, Pinoy Pride's American Idol 2011 top 11 finalist Thia Megia & The Voice season 2 finalist Cheesa, International Crooner David Pomeranz, Per Sorensen of Fra Lippo Lippi, & Latin American Actor Fernando Carillo better known as Fernando Jose of the telenovela Rosalinda
The birth of ASAP Fan Swap: Artists wouldn't be where they are without their supporters which is why ASAP decided to connect the artists to their fans and give them something in exchange to their all out support while unleashing their creativity via the ASAP Fan swap.
ASAP Goes international: The ASAP Pinoy Champs prove that they are worthy of their title and goes on tour in the United States of America.
Mr. Pure Energy Gary V also reaches out to his fans in the U.S via his concert tour.
Angeline Quinto fulfills her dreams with her Australia Dream Tour.
ASAP 2012 rocked the Lion City last October with their 2-part episode LIVE at theLion City Singapore with the special appearance of Thai Actor Mario Maurer.
Awards: ASAP is definitely THE Best Musical Variety in the Philippines. The proof? 6 words: Gawad Tanglaw Best Musical Variety show.
New groups: ASAP continues to melt the hearts of girls with these new boy groups. First off is Boys are boys composed of JM De Guzman, Alex Castro, Markki Stroem & Bryan Termulo. Next is the ASAP Boyfriendz composed of Enrique Gil, Daniel Padilla & Khalil Ramos.
Celebrations: Star Magic, the Premiere Talent Management company, celebrates 20 years in ASAP 2012. Former and current Star Magic artists reunite as they dance, sing and even walk the runway in this very special ASAP episode last July 8.
ASAP also pays tribute to the King of Comedy, Dolphy last July 15 and gives the audience a preview of how Dolphy is as a friend, a dad and a lover.
There is only one star for all seasons which is why ASAP celebrated her 50th year with the star of all seasons herself Ms. Vilma Santos last July 22 as they show the audience the different stages of Vilma from being a Child star, a teen sensation to a fantasy icon.
The Concert King Martin Nievera who is also one of ASAP's original hosts celebrates his 30th year in the industry last July 29 with an ASAP Martin through the years episode.
The launch of ASAP Official Website: ASAP does not only rock your television, it also invades the internet as well with their newly launched ASAP website. Every Sunday, viewers can watch ASAP Chillout Live as well!
AWARDS: Gawad Tanglaw Best Musical Variety Show
Now, a multimedia powerhouse, ASAP has branched out from television to other media:
ASAP MUSIC: the recording arm ASAP Music is the record label of ASAP, distributed by Star Records. The label has released a tribute compilation album to OPM classic pop-rock band, Hotdog. It has also reached dance compilations for the dance segment before "Ultimate Dance 4" and ASAP Supahdance and ASAP Supahdance 2 albums!
ASAP LIVE: the live concerts and events arm Since 2006, ASAP Live has become a concert producer in and outside the Philippines, staging and mounting concerts. It has produced:
Heartthrobs: Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby, You And Me featuring Christian Bautista and Rachelle Ann Go, Rock Da Voote at the Big Dome with Chokoleit, Candy Pangilinan, Tessie Tomas, John Lapus, Jon Santos and others, Rock Enroll with Yeng Constantino, Ten: piolo Pascual 10th Anniversary Concert of Piolo Pascual at the Big Dome, Ol4Luv with Christian, Erik, Sarah, Rachelle Ann, Richard Poon: I'll Take Care of You, Coverboys: Uncovered, PoohKwang, Pop Icons, ASAP Sessionisats Live, My Poolish Heart, Love Is... Toni Gonzaga, Nina...The Diamond Soul Siren, Christian Bautista: Romance Revisited, 25 B.C., Angeline Quinto: Patuloy Ang Pangarap.
International shows produced by ASAP Live are Angeline Quinto: Dream Concert Tours in the U.S., Australia and Guam, ASAP Sessionistas U.S. tours, ASAP Pinoy Champs Live in the U.S., Canada and Abu Dhabi.
ASAP BOX-OFFICE: the big screen and blockbusting arm
A.B.O. featured the hottest and most talked about international movies.
ASAP Box-office 2007 featured Dreamgirls , Shrek The Third, Transformers, Hairspray, I've Fallen For You.
The following year it premiered Alvin and The Chipmunks, Step Up 2, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, Mamma Mia!, The Dark Knight, High School Musical 3: Senior Year. 2009 A.B.O. featured Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Fame. Step Up 3D in 2010. Followed by Burlesque and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 in 2011 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 in 2012.
ASAP WEBSITE: the interactive arm
ASAP LIFESTYLE: started out as the ASAP apparel for merchandising
As ASAP turned 18, the celebration kicks-of with a first quarter blast via ASAP 18 Live In the city of love Iloilo for the Dinagyang 2013! We joined our fellow kababayans in Iloilo in an all-out Sunday jamming and supahdancing.
On February 3, 2013 kapamilyas worldwide are all invited to witness a once in a lifetime concert experience to remember. ASAP 18 reunites ASAP superstars then and now. Don't miss this grand celebration on #ASAP18Years.
"Everything that ASAP has touched, has turned to gold."