Attendees to the ABS-CBN Ball 2019 passed by the Bantay Bata 163 booth at the Shangri-La at the Fort to support the social welfare program’s Bantay Edukasyon initiative.
Celebrities posed in the booth designed like a library to represent the education advocacy espoused by the Ball. They would bear the 163 heart icon, which symbolizes the dedication and love the late Bantay Bata founder Gina Lopez gave disadvantaged children.
Selfless Kapamilya celebrities flashed the 163 heart icon, as well as placards bearing the messages “Make A Child’s Dream Come True” and “I Love BB 163” “Every Child Deserves Quality Education.” They include the love teams Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, Nadine Lustre and James Reid, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, Maris Racal and Inigo Pascual, Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte, Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, and Kim Chiu and Xian Lim. In addition, acclaimed actors and entertainers threw their support for the initiative. They are Vice Ganda, Piolo Pascual, Anne Curtis, Janella Salvador, Pilar Pilapil, Dante Rivero, Cristine Reyes and daughter Amarah, Richard Yap, Adrian Alandy, Gary Valenciano, Joey Marquez, Albert Martinez, Ayen Munji-Laurel and husband Franco Laurel, Ian Veneracion, Arnel Pineda, Ronaldo Valdez, Mylene Dizon, Gloria Diaz, Isabelle Daza, Iza Calzado, Cherry Pie Picache, Meryll Soriano, Eric Quizon, Raymond Bagatsing, Rufa Mae Quinto, John Arcilla, Stephanie Robles, Jin Macapagal, and the Santiago brothers Rowell, Randy, Raymart, Junjun and his son Ryle, as well as top Regal Films honchos Mother Lily Monteverde and Roselle Monteverde-Teo.
Top ABS-CBN executives also dropped by the booth to back the initiative. Among them were President and CEO Carlo Katigbak, Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Cory V. Vidanes, ABS-CBN Publishing Head Ernie Lopez, News and Public Affairs Chief Ging Reyes, Chief Content Officer and MMK host Charo Santos-Concio, and former President and CEO Freddie M. Garcia. News and Current Affairs personalities Bernadette Sembrano, Karen Davila and Ces Drilon have also championed the cause by appearing in the booth.