One of the reasons why “ASAP” survived for 20 years is the strong fan base of numerous love teams who appear in the variety show every now and then.
Production numbers from Kapamilya loveteams like Kathniel, LizQuen, KimXi, and others have melted millions of hearts and proved why a Sunday lunch is best partnered with “ASAP.”
Due to this Sunday-lunch craze, different fan clubs seem to be in a contest on whose production number will top the trending topics on Twitter worldwide.
But before “ASAP” celebrates its 20th year, let us first look back on the love teams that make our Sunday afternoon a “kilig”-filled one.
KimXi (Kim Chui and Xian Lim)
Kim and Xian’s chemistry was first tested in the teleserye “My Binondo Girl” in 2011 which gave them nationwide success. When the soap ended, KimXi fans did not stop asking for more from the love team who later top-billed two blockbuster hits “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?” and “Bride for Rent.” Today, Kim and Xian are dubbed as blockbuster royalties of their generation.
KathNiel (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla)
It is safe to say that this love team has caught the hearts of all Filipinos. Kathryn and Daniel are referred to as the King and Queen of Hearts of this generation after their top-rating teleseryes “Princess and I” and “Got to Believe” and the movie success of “Must Be... Love,” “Pagpag,” and “She’s Dating the Gangster.” The loyal fans of KathNiel make them one of the most followed young stars in the country. The two will star the most awaited remake of “Pangako Sa’yo” this year and the film “Crazy Beautiful You.”
LizQuen (Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil)
Tagged as 2015’s breakthrough love team on primetime due to the success of their teleserye “Forevermore,” Liza and Enrique’s tandem is also one of the most followed love teams today. Even outside their series, the two have their own way of making LizQuen fans “kilig” using simple gestures and sweet aura.
MarNella (Janella Salvador and Marlo Mortel)
Janella and Marlo’s natural charisma is what every fan waits for in all of their appearances. Their tandem started in the daytime series “Be Careful with My Heart” which they continued on their own series “Oh My G!” Janella and Marlo have proven their versatility on “ASAP” every Sunday where they showcase their talent in singing and dancing.
Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz (Ashlloyd)
No one can ever forget how in love Laida is with Miggy—the characters made popular by Sarah and John Lloyd who broke all the records in the Philippine box office when they topbilled the movies “A Very Special Love,” “You Changed My Life,” and “It Takes a Man and a Woman.”
Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson (Kimerald)
Kim and Gerald, both from the reality show “Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Season 1,” first started their reel and real-life tandem after their stay inside the “PBB” house. They led several teleseryes like “Sana Maulit Muli,” “Tayong Dalawa,” and “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo” and starred in box office hits like “I’ve Fallen for You,” “Paano na Kaya?,” and “Till My Heartaches End.”
Julia Montes and Enrique Gil (JulQuen)
Julia and Enrique immediately gathered millions of fans due to their exceptional chemistry in the TV series “Muling Buksan ang Puso.” The love team, though short-lived, still has a strong fan base until now.
JaDine (Nadine Lustre and James Reid)
The breakthrough artists of “Diary ng Panget” and “Talk Back and You’re Dead” surely are one of the most anticipated celebrities on “ASAP” every Sunday. Nadine and James’ on and off cam sweetness has undeniably won the hearts of Filipinos worldwide. They are set to star their first ever TV series “On the Wings of Love,” premiering on the Kapamilya network soon.
Anne Curtis and Sam Milby (Masenna)
Ex-real life lovers Anne and Sam have an undeniable “kilig factor” whenever they are seen together even after their break up. They were even paired up in “Dyesebel” to prove that their chemistry never faded even a bit.
Shaina Magdayao and Rayver Cruz
The love team of Shaina and Rayver started in the 2007 fantasy-martial-arts primetime series “Rounin.” The two never broke their connection as they both showcased their incomparable dancing skills in “ASAP” production numbers.
Rachelle Ann Go and Christian Bautista
During their stay in the Kapamilya network, Rachelle Ann and Christian earned thousands of followers especially during their “Champions” days with fellow “ASAP” artists. The harmony of the two collided smoothly which can surely melt the heart of anyone listening to their music.
Sarah Geronimo and Mark Bautista
“Star for a Night” contenders Sarah and Mark continued their singing career together in the Kapamilya network after their victory in the singing contest. Their journey was keenly watched by their supporters even after they decided to venture into different career paths.
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