The battle of the Sunday noontime show is back once more as ASAP Natin ‘To made its comeback on free TV official this past Sunday, October 18, with a slew of appearances from its top artistas—and a glimpse of its biggest executives.
Eagle-eyed Kapamilyas caught the camera panning towards ABS-CBN Corporation President Carlo L. Katigbak, Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Cory V. Vidanes, and Entertainment Production—and more recently, Star Magic head—Laurenti M. Dyogi dancing to the music on the ASAP stage.
— Thierry (@electroedge) October 18, 2020
Netizens—including current Kapamilyas—were ecstatic upon seeing ABS-CBN’s top brass showing support for its longest-running Sunday noontime show, even as it aired on a different channel—the rebranded A2Z Channel 11.
Of course, last Sunday’s ASAP had more than ABS-CBN’s execs dancing and jumping for joy. It also featured performances from its mainstays like Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and its other usual suspects.
It also had appearances from Kapamilya Channel programs, ABS-CBN’s 24/7 cable-only channel, like Judy Ann Santos from Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan, Angel Locsin from Iba ‘Yan, and momshies Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal, and Melai Cantiveros from Magandang Buhay.
The Sunday noontime scene, however, is no longer ASAP’s alone. Sure, GMA’s All Out Sundays—which airs Sunday headlined by Alden Richards—pales in comparison (though they are improving), it was met by stiff competition from TV5.
TV5 recently started airing its own Sunday noontime show, aptly named Sunday Noontime Live. Headlined by former ASAP mainstays Piolo Pascual and Maja Salvador. They delighted audiences alongside Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
SNL, as it is now officially known, also featured performances from Donny Pangilinan, Jake Ejercito, TV5 stars, which includes Maris Racal and TNT winner Sam Mangubat, The Juans, and SB19, the country’s first P-pop boyband trained by Korean entertainment company ShowBT.
Twitter was the battleground for fans of both shows as #ASAPNatinIto squeezed past #SNL with a total of 196,000 tweets to the latter’s 142,000.
The real winners, however, were Kapamilya fans, as they got to see the stars they have always known and loved, especially after closing their doors to free TV for almost 5 months.
If these tweets prove one thing, it’s that they’ve never lost their touch. ASAP remains king of the Sunday noontime show.