12,000 Flock LA Memorial Sports Arena for ‘ASAP Live in LA’

“ASAP Live in LA” brings Filipinos together to celebrate TFC’s 20th year of service World-class Filipino and Fil-Am talents collaborate to deliver an epic show before 12,000 fans at historic LA Memorial Sports Arena

ASAP Live in LA

When asked to describe in one word what ASAP Live in LA would be at the packed press conference that was livestreamed on and last October 8 from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the following cast members said:

Gerald Anderson: “Awesome!”
Maja Salvador: “Spectacular!”
Yeng Constantino: “Astig!” (Super cool!)
Bamboo: “Class Act.”
Zsa Zsa Padilla: “Powerful.”
Martin Nievera: “Unforgettable.”
Enchong Dee: “Memorable.”
Kathryn Bernardo: “Fun!”
Daniel Padilla: “Intense!”
Gary Valenciano: “I wanted to add on to what everyone said and it has to do with why ASAP is where it is today. You have a bunch of artists here and there are many more artists out there. But there is a reason why we are chosen to be part of this show. I think that God has a great plan for why we are a part of this show. So, the word I’m going to choose is ‘blessed’.”

Jessy Alex Iya

Indeed, the words of TFC’s 20th Anniversary Ambassador Valenciano and his nine press con co-panelists were veritable harbingers of what ASAP Live in LA last October 11 turned out to be.
Not the power-packed joint concert of superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull in Staples Center, or the multi-cultural, multi-act Super Sonico Festival brought by the teams of LAMC and Coachella to Shrine Auditorium, or the touring and local culinary stars of James Beard Foundation’s Taste Los Angeles in Vibiana could distract 12,000 Filipino fans from trooping to historic Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to take part in the day-long festivities climaxed by a one-of-a-kind three-hour, live, world-class Filipino entertainment.

Enchong Julia Kathryn

Filipino and Fil-Am performers join hands

When ABS-CBN and TFC North America promised 40 stars would perform at ASAP Live in LA, they actually meant at least 40.

Believing in always putting great value for the money that TFC subscribers and fans pay, ticket buyers did not only get a star-studded complement of talented cast members from the Philippines; they were treated to spectacular on-stage collaborations with U.S.-based Filipino singing greats like Jam Morales, Ella Mae Saison and Tootsie Guevarra, and international Fil-Am superstars like of Black Eyed Peas and Jessica Sanchez of American Idol fame. Also acknowledged at the show were well-known Fil-Ams from the Hollywood industry like Tia Carrere, Reggie Lee, Mark Nicolas and Fritz Friedman.

Carrere told Balitang America: “ASAP was amazing. What a monster concert! I mean, Apl being here, Charice, Jessica Sanchez, and all these stars from the Philippines, I’m 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.”

ASAP Hunks

More than just entertainment

While ASAP director Johnny Manahan, ASAP Business Unit Head Joyce Liquicia and their Manila team in collaboration with TFC North America production team led by John-D Lazatin made sure that everything from the production numbers to the costumes to the technical set-up lived up to high standards, everyone in the cast and crew knew that they were here to deliver more than just entertainment.

“You are talking about people flying in from as far as Alaska, Hawaii and Canada and fans representing by creating their own ASAP Live in LA attires. You have people who saved their dollars and planned their work vacations so they can watch the show. We all know that what we should give are more than song-and-dance numbers; we are here to give our hearts, our love, our Kapamilya spirit and Pinoy soul to them. We want them to feel they’ve come home,” said TFC North America ASAP Live in LA Project Lead Ricky Resurreccion, also the region’s head of Ad Sales, Trade Marketing & Events.

So, the stars braved a thunderstorm, flood, traffic and no sleep to catch their flights from Manila to Los Angeles, mingled with fans as they visited Los Angeles landmarks to tape segments, took part in a Meet and Chat with lucky ticket holders, rehearsed to perfection and tirelessly shared their experiences and activities on social media for their millions of followers around the world.

Promoting Filipino presence, the City and County of Los Angeles tourism and voter mobilization for the coming November elections also did not go unnoticed by the Office of the Mayor. Through the assistance of Los Angeles Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera Lim, Filipino American Service Group, Inc. Executive Director Susan Dilkes and West Valley Area Representative Max Reyes, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a Proclamation making October 11, 2014 ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel’s “ASAP Live in LA” Community Empowerment Day. ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs Head Ging Reyes presented the Proclamation to the crowd before the show show while Valenciano and Nievera led a group that presented it anew to the audience.

Meanwhile. ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Chairman Gina Lopez made a sterling presentation of her Philippine ecotourism program before the concert to remind the audience to reconnect to the homeland in a sustainable, progressive way.

KathNiel in ASAP LA

Celebrating TFC’s 20th Anniversary

For North America where TFC started, ASAP Live in LA was the perfect bookend for the TFC 20 Gala that kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration.

TFC’s first ever ambassador Martin Nievera, who performed with current ambassador Gary Valenciano at the gala back in March said about TFC: “When I was distributing TFC flyers, it was just a concept, just an idea, a big satellite dish. Twenty years later it’s like the best thing they’ve invented since the balikbayan box.”

ABS-CBN President Charo Santos Concio saw the early days differently. “I knew in my heart it was just a matter of time, yes, because the Filipinos love artists, love entertainment, and you know we’re one of the happiest people on earth,” she said.

ABS-CBN North America Managing Director Olivia De Jesus said: “ASAP Live in LA is topnotch entertainment as a means of connecting Filipinos together to celebrate their Filipinoness. And that has been the mission of TFC in building its relationship with its customers these past 20 years.”

“For us to have been able to be part of the lives for the community for this long, it’s just, I think, something that’s really an inspiring thing, and I expect will go on for 20 more, and many more beyond my lifetime,” said ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez.

Catch ASAP Live in LA on TFC worldwide on October 19 and 26. For more information, visit

11 Comments on 12,000 Flock LA Memorial Sports Arena for ‘ASAP Live in LA’

  1. hay naku….expect nio pa sa gma….maya maya…libre nayan…hindin ung concert o shows…ung mismong network…..kasi biblhin na yan nganga gma….nganga…

  2. blessedjanemadrid // October 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm //

    ya guysagree ako wawa naman kapuso network hahaha skat kc kapamilya e

  3. MRFlopQueenOfAllTime // October 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm //

    Sorry guys, pang-kamuning lang talaga kami,, kaya nga wla na kaming mai-produce n movie kc walang nanonood,, luging-lugi!

  4. Hahaha nagrereklamo ang kapuso bakit hindi free ang Asap concerts.. Sabagay nasanay kasi sila sa libre. Wala naman kasi silang purchasing powers kahit kelan..

  5. teh nasa amerika sila. wala naman pong nagshow sa amerika ng libre. sa mga mall shows lang sa mga probinsya yung libreng show. Pero sa abroad, once na nagproduce ka ng show dun, may bayad agad yun. ang laki kaya ng ginastos nila para lang makapunta dun. kung ikaw ang producer, gusto mo ba na pumunta dun na libre?12k na tao ang nagpunta dun, pulubi ka kung nagshow ka dun ng walang bayad. ano ang ibabayad mo sa venue,plane ticket papunta dun at iba pang gastusin. naiisip mo ba yun?

  6. Nganga ang mga kapuso! Kahit nga mall show wala sila kasi wala rin namang nanood.. Kelan ba ang huling concerts ng isang kapuso star sa araneta or moa? Hahaha! Samantang mga kapamilya mayamaya may concerts here and abroad.. Enrique Gil nga napapuno ang Araneta!

  7. May bayad man yan o wala isa lang ang ibig sabihin pinapanood parin ng maraming pilipino ang ASAP, kahit noong January sa Dubai may bayad din yun pero dinumog parin ang ASAP….pero Ang SAS ng GMA kahit libre walang manonood kasi mga DA WHO.

  8. Ganyan ang kapamilya fans willing magbayad makanood lang ng concerts ng mga kapamilya stars.. Ang kapuso kahit libre nilalangaw pa rin dahil puro da who! #fact

  9. KANTAR/TNS IS THE SURVEY DEPARTMENT OF ABS // October 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm //

    sabi treat for their 20th anniversary, bakit po may bayad? di po ba dapat libre ang entrance? kung talagang ibibigay ang puso, dapat may konting sakripisyo… sabi nyo kasi treat, pinagkakitaan naman.

  10. While ASAP invades L.A.

    SAS invades…. brgy kamuning hahahahahah

  11. blessedjanemadrid // October 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm //

    gud pm po. Wow ganda nang asap kanina kaso lang may asungot na nka bantay kay kathryn…e ung kaloveteam nya po naprang ewantsk

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