“The Filipino community in Australia is passionate about maintaining its unique cultural identity, language and tradition, alongside a common commitment to Australia and the state of New South Wales. I commend everyone who made tonight’s concert a reality.”      – New South wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, in a video message to “ASAP Live in Sydney” audience

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 29, 2018 – To the new world order that believes that social media is the best place to look into to analyze engagement with content, then the recently concluded “ASAP Live in Sydney” is a runaway winner. All one needs to do is type those very words on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and user-generated posts collectively amounting to millions of views and tens of thousands of shares come popping out.

Photo by Nerissa Fernandez (Courtesy of ABS-CBN)

To those who don’t bother with social media, a simple photo of what transpired at ICC Sydney Theatre on October 20, 2018 speaks volumes:

But “ASAP Live in Sydney” — made possible by fans, sponsors and partners who believe in the longest-running Filipino weekend variety TV show and global live concert tour of ABS-CBN, and its current international flagship channel, TFC — is so much more than just a numbers game.

“ASAP Live in Sydney” – in the same way that “ASAP Live” was in Singapore, Dubai, Los Angeles, London, New York, Toronto and Honolulu – is a creative and artistic expression and manifestation of a strong Filipino identity and transnational cultural unity.

It’s about Filipinos without borders, gathering to celebrate a common place of origin or roots while celebrating where they presently are. And in a world-class spectacle of song, dance, talk and multimedia, performers and audience happily tell themselves about themselves: it’s Filipinos telling Filipinos about Filipinos outside of the Philippines.

Chemistry at the press con
For instance, the press conference held on October 18 also at ICC Sydney Theatre was virtually a group of Filipino and Fil-Australian strangers bound together only by the fact that they are either members or viewers of “ASAP Live”. But it turned out to be a respectful, loving, animated, funny, learning and intimate interaction of close to 200 people in a room. Add to that thousands more via Facebook livestream.

Photo by Darryl O’Brien (Courtesy of ABS-CBN)

Recognition from leaders in Australia
Then on concert day came recognition from government officials from or based in Australia.

From left, ABS-CBN Chairman Emeritus Gabby Lopez holding a congratulatory message from Consul General Maria Teresa Taguiang in Sydney who stands next to him, ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo L. Katigbak, Member of New South Wales Parliament for Riverstone Kevin Connolly, ABS-CBN Global COO Olivia De Jesus and ABS-CBN Australia Country Manager Jay Santos. (Photo by Angelo Olandres/Courtesy of ABS-CBN)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in a message sent to ABS-CBN Australia, offered his best wishes to everyone who attended the event and praised the “more than 250,000 Filipinos than have made Australia home”.

New South wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, in a video message to “ASAP Live in Sydney” audience, said: “The Filipino community in Australia is passionate about maintaining its unique cultural identity, language and tradition, alongside a common commitment to Australia and the state of New South Wales. I commend everyone who made tonight’s concert a reality.”

Philippine Consul General Maria Teresa Taguiang in Sydney, in her message, said: “Bringing a Filipino musical production of such great magnitude to Australian shores integrates well with the narrative of overseas Filipinos and even Filipino-Australians in this country. It is a story that affirms that wherever the Filipino goes — that wherever the Filipino builds a community — the Filipino will always contribute to the dynamism and vibrancy of their adopted homelands.”

World-class entertainment
The creative minds of ASAP Live Business Unit Head Joyce Liquicia and her team produced back-to-back concerts in one show that integrated the Filipino in the blended cultural universes of the Philippines and Australia. Opening the first concert with the Walangari Karintawarra and Diramu aboriginal dance and didgeridoo music of the host country then segueing to Bamboo and Daniel Padilla, with the G-Force dancers, singing, “Hoy, Pinoy Ako (Hey, I’m Filipino)” from Bamboo’s classic hit, “NoyPi” was a testament to staying uniquely Filipino even while living in and embracing a new land. It was a theme that would weave throughout the evening.

Photo by Tristan Fillo (Courtesy of ABS-CBN)

Then as a trademark of “ASAP Live” shows, there was a stream of exuberant and intricate pop song and dance numbers that represented energy, positivity and fun with a touch of both modern and nostalgic.

Photo by Tristan Fillo (Courtesy of ABS-CBN)

There are showstoppers that included ASAP mainstays with the following special guests that elevated even further the overall artistry of the show: Yassi Pressman, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Paulo Avelino, Cristine Reyes, Ariel Rivera, Randy Santiago, 2014 The X-Factor Australia winner Marlisa Punzalan and Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid who had announced her transfer to the ABS-CBN Kapamilya network prior to flying to “ASAP Live in Sydney”.

Photo by Angelo Olandres (Courtesy of ABS-CBN)

“It amazes me that ‘ASAP Live’ continues to grow, evolve and win new audiences thousands of miles across the globe. It remains relevant to today’s Filipino diasporans living in multicultural societies. We in ABS-CBN Australia are very thankful for the opportunity via ‘ASAP Live in Sydney’ to collaborate with the entire ABS-CBN and TFC teams and partners to bring this huge, bright light of Filipino pride to thousands here in Australia who welcomed the show with open arms. It’s been a challenging but entirely fulfilling and heartwarming ride. We’ve been blessed,” said ABS-CBN Australia Country Manager Jay Santos.

There is much more to see in “ASAP Live in Sydney” in its telecasts or online. Catch “ASAP Live in Sydney” this Sunday only on ABS-CBN TFC worldwide.

 

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