Ever wonder what happens behind the cameras of the country’s top variety show? ASAP has been on air for 18 years already and rarely does everyone see what actually happens before the live show starts!


I put my FUJIFILM X100s to the test and I just love it! The crisp and sharp images feel like it’s going to jump off the screen. Set on black and white, here are shots from behind the scenes of ASAP 18!


Our script/line up…



Our audience…



Nikki Gil



Iya Villania



Gerald Anderson



John Prats and Rayver Cruz



Yeng Constantino




It seemed just like yesterday when we were using the X as a temporary title for my 10th anniversary concert. I still can’t snap myself to believing that the concert is over and done! And hell yeah! It was one great evening!

Coming up with a concert is no joke. Talk about the sleepless nights and the constant headaches caused by too much brainstorming. Not to mention being paranoid all the time so as not to get sick! Phew! I must’ve have boosted up the sales of Berocca during the last months of preparation!

I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. I allow myself to be immersed into the preparation of the concert. I am not the type of artist who just sits down and waits for everything to be spoon-fed… the songs to learn, the concept, the stage design, the outfits, the rehearsal schedules, etc. Everything went through me! And boy! It wasn’t easy! And I have the stress patches on my head to prove it!

But all the stress and hard work were all worth it!

The evening started a bit late due to the fact that it was a Friday and it was payday. An hour after the said starting time of 8pm, the band started to play its first note and everything flowed smoothly. There were a few hitches but what the heck. Human error. We’re not computers. We make mistakes. It’s just a matter of how you make it look as if it was intended.

As much as I’d like to do a run down of what happened in the concert, I’m not allowed to… yet! Hmmmm…  a repeat?? Maybe… hopefully. All I can say, that night, I felt so much love from everyone who was there.  The people who came were the ones who really considered me important. Despite the heavy traffic, they arrived… and watched. They made time for me… and for that I am truly thankful.

I want to thank my producers and everyone who worked on X. I really hope that we do more work in the future (minus the ones who just gave us headaches LOL).

To my family who flew all the way from Iloilo, Cebu and other places, thank you!

To those who bought tickets, thank you! You saved lives!

I always say this… and I’ll say this again… “As long as you are there, willing to listen to my voice, I will continue to sing for you.”


* Photo by Mike Sun






Another confirmation for me that I must be doing something right!

Thank you very much to the men and women of the Philippine Movie Press Club for the award they gave me last night at the PMPC Star Awards for Music; Male Recording Artist of the Year!!! What makes this special is that this is my third award for the same category for 3 years straight! I MUST be doing something right!

As I have said in my past interviews, awards are like exclamation points for me and are confirmation that I am able to touch people with my voice and my music. More than record sales… more than the popularity… what matters to me is that my music reaches out and touches people’s lives.

When we were planning to do an all-original album, we knew that it was going to be a difficult feat to do. In an age where everything seems to be done the easy way (recording revivals for more familiarity), an all-original album was a huge risk. I am so happy that my recording label, Star Records, placed their full trust in me and gave me this dream project. I am happy with ALL ORIGINAL… and last night’s award gave me the space to breathe that what I really pushed for was the right thing.

My real goal for ALL ORIGINAL was to inspire and encourage musicians to bring back what we had back in the past… a very prolific music industry where hit after hit was being put out into the airwaves. Composers and arrangers came up with the most beautiful Filipino songs that to this day are still remembered. THAT was what I wanted… to spark the drive of all Filipino artists to bring back original material. I really hope and pray that day will come!

I have nothing against doing remakes. I myself did numerous albums and have spun a couple of hit revivals but of course they weren’t mine. One ultimate dream of an artist is to have his own song that he calls his own… a song that after he is long gone will still be tagged with his name.

I still have a long way to go. And as long as there are people who continue to support my songs and my concerts, I will continue to make music for all of you.

Thank you to my family… for their continuous support even if they are miles away from me! You are my strength!

To my management, GM Proponents… for believing in me especially in times when I myself don’t think I can do it…

To the Tribe of Jed and The Voice… iilan na lang tayo pero nararamdaman ko pa din ang pagmamahal nyo… Salamat sa mga patuloy na sumusuporta sa akin…

To ABS CBN, ASAP and my Star Magic family… for making me feel I belong…

To Star Records… for taking a risk on my dream project… and for being the reason why my voice continues to be heard…

And last but not the least, To my LORD GOD for giving me this voice… and for the opportunities to share it with everyone!

(Photo from Annie Mercado’s Instagram account)