ASAP 18 (All-Star Sunday Afternoon Party) is the longest-running musical variety show in the Philippines broadcast by ABS-CBN in the Philippines. The show is presented by its main hosts Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera. Currently, it became the longest-running musical variety show in the Philippines and on Asia. The show aired its pilot episode on February 5, 1995, and airs live Sundays. The show also broadcasts worldwide through ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel.
When “Sa Linggo nAPO Sila” became “‘Sang Linggo nAPO Sila” to replace Eat Bulaga which left ABS-CBN to transfer to GMA Network, ASAP was conceptualized and launched in 1995 as a “concert party” on Sundays. Then, Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez, along with Ariel Rivera and Dayanara Torres, were tapped as main hosts for the show. The cast of “Pare Ko” (Claudine Barretto, Victor Neri, etc.) became co-hosts for the show to attract the younger viewers. When Dayanarra Torres left the country, Charlene Gonzales took her place. Channel V’s Joey Mead also joined the show for a while. By 1998, regular guest Zsa Zsa Padilla became a regular host the following year. After Martin Nievera left, Richard Gomez took his place. In March 1999, Onemig Bondoc joined the group.
The show originally had their own theme song, set. Initial broadcast commenced on February 1995 at the Delta Theatre in Quezon Avenue. In January 1997, they transferred to their own studio at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center Studio 3 in Eugenio Lopez Drive in Quezon City. It was a few years later when they moved to Studio 10.
In 2003, the show was reformatted as ASAP Mania, after which some of its original hosts went to the show SOP Rules. In 2005 the format changed to ASAP ’05. In 2008, Lani Misalucha and Billy Joe Crawford joined ASAP. Ex-SOP performer Karylle, Zsa Zsa Padilla’s daughter, also joined ASAP.
On January 8, 2010, the show was relaunched as ASAP XV to mark its 15th anniversary. In the show’s special anniversary on February 7, 2010, a new set was introduced. After the year numbers in the show title wasn’t adapted in 2010, a new show named ASAP Rocks launched January 2, 2011. On April 3, 2011, a new set was introduced. On January 1, 2012, the show was launched as ASAP 2012.
On January 6, 2013, the show was renamed ASAP 18 to commemorate the show’s 18th anniversary.
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