Check out these jaw-dropping ensembles paraded at the red carpet of this year’s ABS-CBN Ball, an event that benefited the Bantay Edukasyon program of the Bantay Bata 163 and commemorated the late Gina Lopez, who founded the social welfare program.
FIERCE FILIPINAS: KEEPING WITH TRADITION
In today’s times, these celebs became one with the theme of these years ABS-CBN Ball by adapting to a classic, elegant take on the Filipiniana.
Designers: Don Ramon Esteban (Gloria Diaz), Cary Santiago (Regine Velasquez-Alcasid), Paul Cabral (Vicki Belo), Anthony Ramirez (Yassi Pressman), Rajo Laurel (Iza Calzado and Julia Barretto), Peppito Albert (Isabelle Daza and Dawn Zulueta), JC Buendia (Agot Isidro), Lightshinewhite (Angelica Panganiban), Boom Sason (Chie Filomeno), Marlon Tuazon (Zsazsa Padilla and Ariella Arida), Edwin Uy (Myrtle Sarrosa), Albert Figueras (Pilar Pilapil), Jo Rubio (Jolina Magdangal), and Jojie Lloren (Ayen Munji),
BACK TO THE BASICS
Who says basic is boring? These men gave life to the classic Barong Tagalog through their diverse choices of pattern and style.
Designers: Suit It Up (Coco Martin), Paulo Lazaro (Dominic Ochoa), Albert Andrada (Rowell Santiago, Randy Santiago, and Raymart Santiago), JC Buendia (Ian Veneracion), Boy Kastner Santos (JC Santos), Joey Samson (Richard Gutierrez and Erik Santos), Vin Orias (Richard Yap), and Paul Cabral (James Blanco).
LADS IN LAYERS
These celeb men added a personal twist in the usual Barong Tagalog attire—mixing it up with color, accessory, and layer.
Designers: Suit It Up (Arjo Atayde and John Prats), JC Buendia (PJ Endrinal), Rodel Brina (Miguel Odron), Chynna Mamawal (Javi Benitez), and Edwin Flores (Miko Manguba).
BOLDER IN BLACK
These men went with a darker version of our country’s national attire, looking sleek and suave in every angle of the lenses.
Designers: M. Barretto (Enchong Dee), Avel Bacudio (Donny Pangilinan), Anthony Ramirez (Zanjoe Marudo), Joey Espiritu (Joshua Garcia), Jovan Dela Cruz (Wacky Kiray), Mac Igarta (Ejay Falcon), Jo-Rel Espina (Piolo Pascual), and Paulo Lazaro (Daniel Padilla)
ATTACK ON BLACK
These gentlemen left a mark with such powerful patters on their modern barongs.
Designers: Ken Ladaga (Jed Madela), Lor Calma (John Arcilla), and Edgar Buyan (Joem Bascon).
BLOOMING WITH GRACE
These epitomai of modern-day Maria Claras—delicate, feminine, self-assured, and with a sense of identity—graced the red carpet with their delicate looks and styles.
Designers: Mitch Dulce (Anne Curtis), Vania Romoff (Leila Alcasid), Ezra Santos (Michelle Gumabao), and Chynna Mamawal (Arielle Roces).
CREATIVITY IN DIVERSITY
These modern Maria Claras made heads turn with their unique designs and ensemble.
Designers: Ezra Santos (Pia Wurtzbach), Neric Beltran (Mylene Dizon), Popo Go (Pokwang), Patricia Pascual (Nikki Valdez), Jef Albea (Teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy), Melaine Yu (Janine Berdin), Cheetah Rivera (Meryll Soriano), and Junjun Cambe (Rio Locsin).
FUN, FEARLESS FILIPINAS
These Pinays presented a new take on power dressing by putting on elegant slacks instead of opting for the traditional skirts.
Designers: Mikee Andrei (Vina Morales), Mark Bumgarner (Jodi Sta. Maria), Armando Marco (Andre Brouilette), Happy Andrada (Lou Yanong), Dimples Romana (Bessie Besana), Eva Revilloza (Melai Cantiveros), Rei Escario (K Brosas), Neric Beltran (Angel Aquino), and Andrea Tetangco (Denise Laurel).
THE CRAZY COURAGEOUS IN FILIPINIANA
These celebrities took the risk of wearing out-of-this-world designs that left the audience in awe.
Designers: Andrei David (Awra Briguela), Enan Almando (Juliana Pariscova Segovia), Edwin Uy (Jackque Gonzaga), Frederick Berches (Krissha Viaje) and Ernest Lingad (Kiara Takahashi).
SEÑORITA’S SULTRY SLITS
These señoras and señoritas made it totally okay to show some skin while covered in Filipiniana couture.
Designers: Michael Leva (Nadine Lustre), Julianne Syjuco (Maris Racal and Mica Javier), Amanda Jazz (Loisa Andalio), Pablo Cabahug (Maxine Medina), Jojo Macapinlac (Eisel Serrano), Oliver Tolentino (Jayda Avanzado), Rosbert Villar (Rufa Mae Quinto), Ushi Sato (Sue Ramirez), Patricia Santos (Bela Padilla), Joe San Antonio (Michelle Vito), Anthony Ramirez (Arci Muñoz)
THE LIVING FILIPINIANA FAIRY TALE
Just like Cinderella, Aurora, and your other Disney princesses, these Maria Claras held on to their voluminous skirts as they graced the red carpet with their Prince Charmings.
Designers: Neric Beltran (Francine Diaz), Michael Leyva (Andrea Brillantes), Boy Kastner (Precious Lara Quigaman), Julianne Syjuco (Heaven Peralejo), and Nat Manilag (Moira Dela Torre).
BARONGS WITH NO BOUNDARIES
These stars transformed their simple, stylish barongs with their playful clothing accessories, into their own modern take.
Designers: Joey Samson (Marco Gumabao), Chris Nick Delos Reyes (Tim Yap), Carl Jan Cruz (Raymond Gutierrez), Paul Cabral (Hayden Kho), Kalid Ra (Eric Quizon), and Odelon Simpao (Fifth Pagotan).
THE UNCONVENTIONAL GINOOS
Marrying the colors, styles, and accessories made these men stood out as they walk the red carpet.
Designers: Joey Espiritu (Gerald Anderson), John Paul Dizon (Kean Cipriano), Princess Tan (Empoy), Maison Glarino (Joseph Marco), Jhay Layson (Vhong Navarro), Odelon Simpao (Rafael Rosell)
CRUSHING THE CURVES
Who says you can’t show off your curves while donning a traditional outfit? These girls prove you wrong with their colorful and curvy ensembles!
Designers: Michael Cinco (Kathryn Bernardo), Carry Santiago (Kylie Verzosa), Paulo Lazaro (Chantal Videla), Ador Feliciano (Ganiel Krishnan), Mara Chua (Jane Oineza), Happy Andrada (Maika Rivera), and Ryan Abla Uzon (Alexa Ilacad).
THE FILIPINAS’ MAGIC TOUCH
These women of all ages evoked magic in their Filipiniana outfit—from playful patterns to beautiful layers. No doubt, they made ABS-CBN Ball more magical.
Designers: Cary Santiago (Beauty Gonzales), Benj Leguiab IV (Kim Chiu), Vania Romoff (Shaina Magdayao), Micahel Leyva (Janella Salvador), Francis Libiran (Charo Santos-Concio, Gretchen Fullido, and Maricar Reyes), and Jearson Demamivas (Eula Valdez).
SETTING THE SLEEVES DOWN
Maria Claras can also go to parties without their traditional butterfly sleeves. Thanks to these women for giving their own take in modern Filipiniana couture.
Designers: Jot Losa (Kisses Delavin), Yong Davalos (Judy Ann Santos), AJ Javier (Kylie Padilla), Rian Fernandez (Barbie Imperial), Vania Romoff (Jane De Leon), Paul Cabral (Maricel Soriano), Mark Bumgarner (Coleen Garcia), Gabbie Sarenas (Ria Atayde), Michael Leyva (Yam Concepcion), Adin Lara (Lala Vinzon), Anthony Ramirez (Elisse Joson), and Fay Reyes (Sunshine Cruz).
BEDAZZLING IN BEADS
These stars wore shining, shimmering, splendid Filipinianas to attend the highly-anticipated ball. It wasn’t only their eyes that were shining that night, but also their get-ups.
Designers: Patricia Santos (Liza Soberano), Neric Beltran (Cristine Reyes), Michael Leyva (Ylona Garcia), Furne One (Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber),
BONGGA KA, 'DAY!
These celebs arrived at the ball with their show-stopping Filipiniana modern sleeves, topped with their oozing confidence.
Designers: Neric Beltran (Vice Ganda), Mark Bumgarner (Sarah Lahbati), Vania Romoff (Ruffa Gutierrez), Puey Quiñones (Maja Salvador and Karylle), Jo Rubio (Bianca Manalo), Martin Bautista (Kaye Abad), Carl Jan Cruz (Kim Jones), and Marc Rancy (Miles Ocampo).
BELLE OF THE BALL
Bea Alonzo bagged Metro’s Best Dressed title with her total package of a dress. She looked stunning and powerful in her Jun Escario creation with her semi-revealing floral, dark gown which had everyone’s jaws dropping.
Designer: Jun Escario
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