More than 300 Kapamilya stars descended on the red carpet at the Makati Shangri-La Saturday night for the inaugural ABS-CBN Ball.
Billed as the country’s highly anticipated celebrity fashion event, the gathering which succeeded that annual Star Magic Ball, was a celebration of giving back as the evening marked the launch of collaborative efforts to relaunch Bantay Bata 163’s Children’s Village.
To kick-off the night, Vice Ganda introduced the advocacy dedicated to the Children’s Village in Norzagaray, Bulacan, which aims to provide immediate care and holistic healing for abused, exploited, and neglected children and help them build a better future for themselves through physical and psychological means in a structured, therapeutic family-like environment.
The celebration of friendship and togetherness was also made more exciting by the giving out of glam awards, including the Oppo Couple of the Night, which went to Exes Baggage stars Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban.
Jericho Rosales and Erich Gonzales, meanwhile, proved to be the fashion stand-outs as they took home the Metro Best Dressed Male and Metro Best Dressed Female awards, respectively.
The ball also saw Maymay Entrata winning the Belo Beautiful Star of the Night, while Chienna Filomeno was named The Bar Next Generation Star.
Daniel Padilla and Gary Valenciano kicked off the celebration by singing “Girl From Ipanema/LOVE,” while Iñigo Pascual and Billy Crawford hyped up the crowd with “Girls Like You.”
KZ Tandingan, Janine Berdin, and Yeng Constantino delivered show-stopping renditions of Aretha Franklin’s hits, while Martin Nievera, Jona, and John Arcilla performed a powerful medley of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” “Not While I’m Around,” and “You Raise Me Up.”
The ABS-CBN Ball was hosted by Boy Abunda, and graced by the network’s glittering constellation of stars such as Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Angel Locsin, Coco Martin, Anne Curtis, Sarah Geronimo, Kim Chiu, Erich Gonzales, Bea Alonzo, Jodi Sta. Maria, Maja Salvador, and Piolo Pascual, as well as the country’s biggest love teams including Nadine Lustre and James Reid, Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, Kisses Delavin and Donny Pangilinan, Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, and Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
Beauty queens Catriona Gray, Pia Wurtzbach, Kylie Verzosa, Nicole Cordoves, and Ariella Arida were also in attendance at the event.
Also present were ABS-CBN executives such as chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez, chairman Mark Lopez, president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio, COO for broadcast Cory Vidanes, Star Magic head Mariole Alberto and chairman emeritus Johnny Manahan, and Freddie Garcia.
Fans worldwide also shared the love and merriment as they tweeted non-stop about the event, pushing the official hashtag #ABSCBNBall2018 to the top of Twitter’s list.
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