Monday, August 31, 2009

ABS-CBN Holds 3rd Star Magic Ball

Continuing a grand tradition that started three years ago, ABS-CBN once again organized a Star Magic Ball to mark the 17th anniversary of its talent management and development arm on August 30 at the Rizal Ballroom of Shangri-La Makati.

Photographers lined the red carpet as dozens of celebrities wearing formal gowns and suits paraded before them. They kept snapping their photos as the stars made their way up the grand staircase leading to the Rizal Ballroom. There were photo booths set up in the lobby of the Rizal Ballroom where stars could have their candid photos taken while waiting for the program to start. Wine glasses were offered to the celebrities as they reached the end of the red carpet. And the venue was decorated with photos of marble statues reminiscent of classical Greek sculpture.

By 9:45 pm, event hosts Piolo Pascual, Bea Alonzo, and John Lloyd Cruz started giving away the coveted trophies to the stars whose fashion styles were exceptional that night. They are:

Couples of the Night: Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion tied with Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson

Most Stylish Star of the Night: John Lloyd Cruz

Most Elegant Award: Bea Alonzo

Most Glamorous Person of the Night: Anne Curtis

Classic Chic Pair: Billy Crawford and Nikki Gil

Classic Chic Couple: Zanjoe Marudo and Mariel Rodriguez

Best Dressed Couple of the Night: Maja Salvador and Rayver Cruz

Fashion Forward: Yeng Constantino

Among the couples spotted that night were Claudine Barretto and husband Raymart Santiago, Rica Peralejo and fianc� Joseph Bonifacio, John Estrada and fianc�e Priscilla Meirelles. Real-life couples Angelica Panganiban and Derek Ramsey, Diether Ocampo and Rima Ostwani, as well as Mariel Roriguez and Zanjoe Marudo who hardly separated from each other that night.

Loveteam couples Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, Melissa Ricks and Matt Evans, and Shaina Magdayao and John Prats also appeared on the red carpet together.

For the first time, Gretchen was able to attend a Star Magic Ball and she talked about an upcoming teleserye with her sister Claudine. Later that night, Gretchen was seated together with Pops Fernandez; Ruffa Gutierrez dropped by their table to say hello. Ruffa was accompanied by her brother Raymond Gutierrez, one of the hosts of GMA-7's talk show Showbiz Central.

Another first-timer at the Star Magic Ball was Maricar Reyes, who refused to talk about Hayden Kho and the issues surrounding his sex-video scandal.

Kristine Hermosa and Oyo Sotto walked the red carpet while holding hands, causing a flurry of excitement among photographers. Later on, Kristine separated from her date to grant a photo op with her ex-boyfriend Jericho Rosales.

Another ex-couple, Sam Milby and Anne Curtis, also arrived at the event together, fueling speculations that they might have gotten back together.

Rafael Rosell showed up with his date, Aze Sasaki, who was FHM's Girlfriend of the Year in 2004. The two clarified that they are just friends.

Mother Lily Monteverde attended the celebrity event with her daughter Roselle Monteverde-Teo and talent manager Arnold Vegafria. Also in attendance were Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager, Robinsons Retail Group; Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Summit Media President; and Jo-Ann Maglipon, YES! and PEP editor-in-chief.

Keren Pascual organized the third Star Magic Ball.

Watch the video below:

Video courtesy of TV Patrol World

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