Martin Nievera on staying long in ASAP: "I’m telling you… if you have an ego, you cannot be in ASAP."

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Hindi nagsasalita nang tapos si Martin Nievera tungkol sa posibilidad ng paglipat sa ibang network. Pahayag niya, “I’m not saying I would never do it because right now, every time I say that, I eat my word. I mean, every other artists say ‘I’ll never gonna move,’ they moved. Like when I said, ‘I would never get a divorce,’ I divorced.”


Muling makakasama ni Martin Nievera ang ex-wife niyang si Pops Fernandez at kaibigang si Ariel Rivera sa selebrasyon ng ika-18 anibersaryo ng ASAP sa Pebrero 3.

Sina Martin, Pops at Ariel ang magkakasama nang magsimula ang ASAP noong Pebrero 5, 1995 na naging longest-running at top-rating daytime musical-variety show.

Ang tatlo along with Dayanara Torres ang original main hosts ng naturang longest-running at top-rating daytime musical variety show nang magsimula ito noong Pebrero 5, 1995.

Makakasama ng existing hosts na sina Martin, Gary Valenciano, at Zsa Zsa Padilla sa pamamagitan ng isang grand reunion ang dating main hosts ng show through the years—kabilang sina Pops, Ariel, Kuh Ledesma at Richard Gomez.

Natutuwang kuwento ni Martin, “It really will be… truly an emotional episode because you really don’t know what you have until you lose it.

“You really don’t know how precious time is until you lose time, until you’re no longer together.

“There are so many back stories about everybody in this show.

“Siyempre yung sa umpisa ng ASAP, konti lang kami. So, mas maraming mas malaking stories.

“Dito sa ASAP ngayon, sa mga Kapamilya ngayon, sa dami namin, it’s really hard to zero-in on everyone’s back story.

“That’s why I’m saying, as we progress, as we grow in this show, we also grow with friendship, we grow in love, and you see that.

“One thing that ASAP has that no other show, I think, in any television station, is we truly have love and respect for each other.

“It’s not just a TV show for us, it’s really home,” saad ni Martin.

Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Martin sa anniversary presscon ng ASAP 18 kagabi, Enero 30, sa Rembrandt Hotel sa Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

Bukod kay Martin, dumalo rin sa presscon/mini-concert sina Gary, Zsa Zsa, Richard Poon, Zia Quizon, Juris, Princess, KZ Tandingan, Nyoy Volante, Khalil Ramos, at G-Force dancers.

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Kasama rin ang ASAP choreographer na si Georcelle Dapat at present din ang buong staff at crew sa pangunguna ng business unit head na si Joyce Liquicia.



CHALLENGES & CELEBRATION. Ayon kay Martin, marami na raw pagsubok na pinagdaanan ang ASAP na lalo pang nagpatatag sa show.

Aniya, “Nandoon kami from the very beginning, February 5, 1995 when ASAP started and it’s still there trying to give our very best.

“We had our challenges, syempre kasama rin yun… anything in the industry maraming challenges.

“We had good shows, may mga bad shows… May mga good seasons, may mga bad seasons.

“May kumpetisyon, talo kami sa ratings, pero nabuhay ulit the following week.

“That’s the story of a great show making it through the good and the bad times.”

Kaya nga pinaghandaan daw nila nang husto ang pagdiriwang nila ng ika-18 anibersaryo.

“Well, just like any other birthday, we celebrate for a week.

ASAP on its 18th birthday, we’re gonna be celebrating for at least a year.

“We’re gonna introduce to everyone new portions in the show, a new step, a new OBB—an opening billboard that we’re so proud of.

“Tapos magtu-tour kami sa buong Philippines pati sa buong mundo, to bring ASAP closer to people, so we can actually touch them.”

Sina Martin, Gary, at Zsa Zsa ang itinuturing na poste o pillars ngayon ng ASAP.

What’s best thing about having Gary and Zsa Zsa in the show?

Aniya, “Besides the fact that I have someone my age there, it gives… it confrims the fact that Gary, Zsa Zsa, and I are there on the show.

“It completes the show—it legitimizes what ASAP is.

“I started it, they came into the picture, and now we have so many children.

“And we’re multiplying and multiplying, and hoping that we’re improving and improving, and hopefully, we’re watched and watched.”

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PIRATE ISSUE. Inamin naman ni Martin na ilang beses na siyang sinubukang piratahin ng ibang networks para iwan ang ASAP.

“In all honesty, believe it or not, I have more offers on other stations than I do on my own [ABS-CBN].

“And that is so because we are so overpopulated with talented people…

“And I really have to step up my act, whatever that is, to survive in this business.

“Yes, there have been many times that people wanted to pirate me,” sabi ni Martin.

Bakit pinili niyang mag-stay sa ASAP?

“Well, the truth is I never had a contract with ABS-CBN for years. It’s always been a hug and a hand shake.

“I’m sure I could be wealthier, I’m sure I could be more popular on the other stations.

“But I don’t know if I’ll be happier, knowing that people will look at me as someone just looking for that big break.

“I’m not saying I would never do it because right now, every time I say that, I eat my word.

“I mean, every other artists say ‘I’ll never gonna move,’ they moved.

“Like when I said, ‘I would never get a divorce,’ I divorced.

“So, without saying something that I will regret later on, all I can tell you is, I love ABS-CBN so much…

“That even though I don’t make the millions these kids [younger stars] make, I’m here when they need me.

“So, I’m just hoping and praying that good things come to those who wait… I hope that applies here.”



“NO EGO.” Sa presscon, nasabi ni Martin na walang lugar ang may ego sa ASAP.

Nang makausap siya ng PEP, nilinaw ni Martin na wala naman siyang gustong patamaan sa sinabi niya.

“You want to know if I was making patama, ’no? I knew it!

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“I was trying so hard and be careful on how to say it.

“No, sincerely. Of course there are some people who have complaints, people who think they can do the job better, and we need to hear that, it’s part of the business.

“If you have an ego, I’m telling you… if you have an ego, you cannot be in ASAP.

“You won’t last long in ASAP. It easier to be liked and loved, than to be hated and feared, di ba?

“I wasn’t making patama. I have no names or pictures to show you of people in those moments na, ‘I am the boss, I am the star!’

“But I’ll just use myself as an example… I tried to say it earlier.

“Even I, myself, ‘Wait a minute. Why am I doing only four lines [of a song]? Don’t you know who I am?’

“So, I learned the hard way...

“I humbled myself by knowing that, ‘My God, it’s a miracle that I am even doing those four lines with these people for eighteen years!’

“I’m not the new kid on the block… I’m not the guy who sells all the big billboards now.

“That’s Coco Martin, that’s Piolo [Pascual], all those guys. So, I have to do the best of whatever is given me and I will…

“It’s a long run, not the short run—it’s not the overnight success—it’s being successful every night, every day.”

Ano ang sikreto ng kanyang staying power sa industriya?

“I think the secret to staying power is being happy with what you have… Embracing… there’s no such thing as a small gig.

“Everything is humongous, everything is valuable.

“Even time with you guys [the press], I mean, I may not remember your names at the end of the day.

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“But at the end of the day, embrace every moment—I won’t have all these microphones in front of me forever.

“You won’t be that interested, so I have to keep myself interesting.”



COMPETITION WITH GARY V. Kung noon ay tinitingnan sina Martin at Gary bilang competitors sa larangan ng musika at concert scene, sa totoong buhay daw ay magkaibigan sila.

Never daw silang nagkaroon ng kumpetisyon kahit noong magsama na sila sa ASAP.

“Well, you know, it’s funny that they’re just playing with our rivalry now.

“But back then, hindi, because he took my place.

“I was going through a public divorce and they needed a male host.

“Gary was always a guest in ASAP in the beginning. He thought then it was too much overexposure.

“But now, he has really learned the value of being seen all over the world… You know, one plug lang may show ka na.

“But the competition is healthy. But between Gary and I we use it as a teasing thing, you know.

“Bromance [brother romance] na talaga. Here we are family.

“Now my niece and his son are getting married. So, by hook or by crook, whether you like it or not, we’re related.”

Ang tinutukoy ni Martin ay ang kasal ng pamangkin niyang si Samantha Godinez at ng anak ni Gary na si Paolo Valenciano, na magaganap sa Pebrero.

Ano ang magiging papel niya sa kasal?

“Ninong ako. But they’re asking us not to sing. It will mostly be instrumental because that’s what Paolo does, as well.

“He’s producing music, so Paolo is doing all the music.

“So, hindi na kailangan [kumanta] yung mga tatay,” biro niya.



ROBIN NIEVERA. Sa selebrasyon nila ng anibersaryo ng ASAP, kasama sa wish ni Martin ay mapabilang sa regular performers ng show ang kanyang anak na si Robin Nievera.

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Hindi niya raw kasi maiwasang mainggit kina Gary at Zsa Zsa na kasama nila ang kanilang mga anak sa show.

Regular performers at co-hosts kasi sa ASAP ang mga anak ni Gary na sina Paolo at Gab Valenciano, gayundin ang mga anak ni Zsa Zsa na sina Karylle at Zia Quizon.

“If you ask me, what is your wish for the new ASAP, it would be to get my son in the show.

“I’ve been trying to push Robin… and ASAP to get Robin but we are so overpopulated.

“But the thing is, it’s so nice to see your kid [on the show].

“When I see Gary and his kids backstage, naiinggit ako talaga, because my kids are doing their thing and I’m doing ASAP.

“I should be with my kids. So, if I can’t be with my kids, maybe my kids should be with me.

“I’m hoping… that is my wish for ASAP. First is to last on the show even longer, to be needed.

“But more than anything else, I would love very much for my son to be in ASAP.”

Dati nang nagpe-perform si Robin sa ASAP, ano ba ang nangyari?

“Because they have parang spin-off ng Sessionistas back then.

“And then everyone got busy in that group, so they phased it out, without even saying anything.

“So, when I asked them, ‘Ano ang nangyari sa anak ko?’

“They said, ‘Wala na, hindi na sumisipot yung ibang members, yung ibang members ng banda hindi sila sumasama palagi.’

“So, they took it out. It was a waste of time… of their time.

“Then I asked, ‘Can I get Robin as a mainstay? Because the other channels might get Robin.’

“You know, I can’t imagine my son on another channel. I can’t see it.

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“I don’t think you can either. So, I’ve been really trying hard to push him to be with us.”

Sa ngayon, naghihintay pa raw si Martin ng desisyon ng management kung may spot para sa anak niya sa ASAP.

Ang isa niya pa raw anak na si Ram ay iba naman ang hilig.

“He wants to be an animator. So, he’s now working for a company here that does animation.

“And hopefully, he will graduate into bigger and better things.”

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