Beauty and Fashion

Fashion Pieces During the

ABS-CBN Ball That Had

Special Meanings

by Sherry Tadeja, September 20, 2019 3:39pm

Art by Dani Elevazo

Beauty and Fashion

Fashion Pieces During the ABS-CBN Ball That Had Special Meanings

by Sherry Tadeja, September 20, 2019 3:39pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
 

This year's ABS-CBN Ball has once again become the talk of the town and social media—not just because of glitz and glamour but also of the "Modern Filipiniana" theme that brought forward the stars' (and their designers') nationalistic side. Most of the stars walked on the red carpet donned in couture with pieces that have meaning or pays homage to the local scene. 

Their overall look didn't disappoint. Here are our favorites:

Francis Magundayao

Francis Magundayao's palay-inspired custom couture coat was the talk of social media. According to designer Paolo Baltazar, Francis wanted a design to honor the hardworking local farmers.

The designer shared he came up with minimalist couture embellished with actual rice grains for the true 3D effect. And as a "cherry on top," he added the colors of the Philippine flag in the right arm. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Zaijian Jaranilla

The "May Bukas Pa" child star donned a Piña Cocoon Coat Barong by Budi Mallari. According to the designer, the church design was handpainted and pays homage to the church in Bacolor Pampanga, where the teleserye took place. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Coleen Garcia 

Coleen Garcia truly channeled a fierce, modern Filipina in her red, high slit gown by Mark Bumgarner. The designer himself shared the intricate pattern (embellished with Swarovski crystals) is an ode to the Pintados of the Visayas. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Joshua Garcia

No one can never go wrong with black, and Joshua Garcia proved an all-black barong ensemble could do just that. Designed by Joey Espiritu, the coat-cut barong is hand made with piña cocoon fabric from Batangas. Espiritu said the ensemble pays tribute to the star's Batangueño roots, all the while representing the modern Filipino gentleman. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kylie Verzosa

The Beauty Queen who wore an all-black mermaid style gown was designed by Cary Santiago, who said to the intricate details of the gown was inspired by tribal tattoos. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Jane Oineza

Jane Oineza channeled the local mythology for her sexy, body fit gown. Designed by Mara Chua, the all-black couture was inspired by the Visayan goddess of the Underworld, Magwayen. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Andrea Brillantes

The "Kadenang Ginto" teen star didn't just wear one nor two but three gowns during the ball. Among the three, Andrea's custom coral ball gown by Michael Leyva was the most meaningful. 

According to stylist Eldz Mejia on Instagram, the teen star didn't back down to the coral color (said to make Pinoy's kayumanggi skin darker) rather celebrated hers by wearing it. They then filled the gown with pearl-like designs symbolizing the "Pearl of the Orient.”

 
 
 
 
 
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Mimiyuuuh

The rising social media star has turned heads during the ball not just because of his quirky personality but also of the blue campy couture he donned. Designed by Carl Jan Cruz, the ensemble is aptly named ‘basahan organanza’. Yes, straightforward basahan couture—no more, no less. 

 
 
 
 
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Over the past ABS-CBN balls, we’ve seen stars get on the glamour parade—custom couture, luxury brands, and known designers for their looks. But with a Filipino theme like this year, it brought forth a creative, sentimental (maybe even an emotional side) both of the stars and their designers. It celebrated the local scene like never before! And if there’s more of these next year, we’re all here for it.

 

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