The ABS-CBN Ball, formerly called the Star Magic Ball, is a well-anticipated annual event of celebrities and fans alike. Here, artists from the biggest network show off their own rendition of the yearly dress concept. This year, they have to put their own modern spin to the national garb Filipiniana. No doubt, it is a very creative way to showcase our rich culture to the world!
Surely, we have seen handsome male celebrities that rocked their barongs but what we'll be focusing on in this article is the stunning ladies who slayed the red carpet with their gowns inspired by the Maria Clara aesthetic. However, if we mention all of them one-by-one, it would take us a whole day, so we will be lowering our number to just 10 gorgeous female celebrities whose modern Filipiniana gowns we admired the most.
Hailed as the Best Dressed Female at the ABS-CBN Ball 2019, Bea Alonzo wore a black venus-cut gown with an asymmetrical sleeve designed by Jun Escario. According to the actress, her Filipiniana is a "modern rendition of the Balintawak dress."
Actress Liza Soberano slayed the red carpet with a classy, white column-cut gown made by the well-known designer Patricia Santos. She said that her dress was conceptualized with the traditional Barong Tagalog in mind, which explains why her gown had those intricate details.
Anne Curtis wore a masterpiece created by Mich Dulce. The oversized sheer Filipiniana gown with butterfly sleeves gives off the classic meets modern vibe. Plus, her quirky headpiece matched the overall style.
One of the most anticipated female celebrities to grace the red carpet, Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo didn't disappoint her avid fans. Successfully flaunting her curves, she wore a fuchsia pink terno complete with T'nalak prints by Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco.
Nadine Lustre's outfit to the ABS-CBN Ball 2019 showcased her passion and bravery well. Her fierce persona mirrored in her all-red, body-hugging gown designed by Michael Leyva. We all love the glittery red textile and thigh-high slit of her dress that flaunted her sexy physique.
Wearing an elegant drop-sleeved ivory gown, Sarah Lahbati proved to be a complete stunner. Her beautiful Filipiniana gown was made by Mark Bumgarner. She and her partner Richard Gutierrez were hailed as the Couple of the Night.
Donned in a shimmering gold-fringed two-piece gown created by Michael Leyva, Ylona Garcia shone throughout the event. Her golden ensemble portrayed both Filipino and Western fashion. When combined, the traditional elements of those two offer that classic and royal look.
Marydale Entrata, commonly known as Maymay Entrata, bagged the Belle of the Ball award from the recently-concluded ABS-CBN Ball 2019. She arrived at the event wearing a detailed column gown designed by the Dubai-based Filipino fashion designer Furne One.
Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa proved to be a head-turner at the ABS-CBN Ball 2019. She looked stunning in her black Cary Santiago Filipiniana complete with intricate designs which appeared like tribal tattoos on her skin.
As much as we love her character Romina in the hit afternoon series Kadenang Ginto, we also adore her gray Cary Santiago terno. The avian detail on her gown, which symbolizes freedom, became the highlight of her overall look.
The most prestigious event has already come to a close but the celebrities' eye-catching gowns will stay in our minds for long, well, just until the next ABS-CBN Ball!