TFC celebrates 20 years at ASAP Live

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES – For 20 years, The Filipino Channel has brought the Philippines into our Kapamilya’s living rooms, but events like ASAP Live in LA bring them even closer to home.

It’s one big birthday bash for The Filipino Channel’s 20th birthday.

“The Voice” Philippines coach Apl.de.Ap and Yeng Constantino channeling Fergie brought the house down with Black Eyed Peas’ hit song “I Got A Feeling”.

“I just want to say, happy 20th anniversary and team ASAP ako,” said the Black Eyed Peas star. “It’s been an amazing experience, it’s a privilege to be part of the 20th anniversary, ang saya, so many exciting moments, great artists up on the stage there and the crowd too – galing!”

The sold out ASAP Live in Los Angeles show was attended by more than 10,000 Kapamilya fans and local Fil-Am celebrities.

With more than 50 of the biggest and the brightest Kapamilya stars performing live at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Saturday.

“Para kaming nasa Pilipinas,” said Vic Mallari, who came from San Diego.

Teen king Daniel Padilla says he and everyone else worked really hard to give Kapamilyas in the City of Angels the best ASAP Live show ever.

“Talagang nagre-rehearse kami ng sobra-sobra para lang mapaganda ang mga shows naming,” said Padilla, “Pero ito eh very special sa amin.”

American Idol star Jessica Sanchez showed the crowd what a world class Filipino performance is all about. The world class Pinay admits that she is a big ASAP fan growing up in Chula Vista, Calif.

“I’m so excited,” said Sanchez. “I kinda great up watching it when my grandma used to come and visit, and the channel on all the time, I used to watch it, so it’s like an honor to come and perform here now. I’m excited!”

Seen among the crowd are world class Fil-Am Hollywood celebrities like actress/singer Tia Carerre, Grimm star Reggie Lee, Marc Anthony Nicolas among many others.

“ASAP was amazing. What a monster concert,” said Tia Carerre. “I mean, Aple being here, Charice, Jessica Sanchez, and all these stars from the Philippines, so happy to be able to be introduced to them. … It’s three hours of non-stop energy here. I can’t wait to see it on TV.”

This arena is filled not just with thousands of Kapamilya fans and celebrities, but also with fun me1mories that would last a lifetime, or at least until the next ASAP Live in America.

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