To find true love is rarity, much more in Tinseltown where relationships are deemed fleeting. But there are celebrity couples who stand the test of time to prove that ‘forever’ certainly exists – and they’re not scared to show their love and chemistry on the red carpet!
Launch the gallery and gush over these fashionable real-life lovers who graced the ABS-CBN Ball 2018!
Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati
Even before they got married (in 2020, at the height of the pandemic), Richard and Sarah have always been vocal about their intense feelings for each other. Thus, wherever they go, on the red carpet included, they tend to turn up the heat. The best-dressed duo kept the spark alive on the 2018 red carpet as Sarah donned a sequined pink mini-dress, and accentuated her straight tresses with a hair clip. Yup, she was ahead of the “Barbiecore” trend. Though he didn’t match his partner’s choice of color, Richard still complemented Sarah’s glam style in a classic suit and chic pair of shades.
Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama
The ever-candid Annabelle doesn’t shy away from sharing amusing stories of how she pursued Eddie. She used to be just an adoring fan of a superstar. She loved everything about him. And when they finally met, all thanks to her persistence, Eddie was likewise smitten by the fair beauty of Annabelle. After more than four decades, their admiration for each other just never fades, as fans witnessed when they arrived to the ABS-CBN Ball 2018.
Annabelle added true sparkle to Ball with her signature flamboyant jewelry, which elevated her classy black dress; while Eddie matched his wife’s elegance in a timeless black suit.
Luis Manzano and Jessy Mendiola
This couple can consider the Star Magic Ball as part of their love journey. It was in 2016 when Luis first asked Jessy to be his date to Ball, although they were still mum about their status at the time. Come 2018, the two walked the red carpet side by side again, this time, a lot more expressive about their confirmed relationship. We bet Jessy made Luis’ heart skip a beat when she appeared in a gold serpentina gown that highlighted her curves – sexy but classy!
Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao
Four years into their relationship, Zsa Zsa and Conrad attended the ABS-CBN Ball 2018, echoing each other’s simple elegance. The two walked together wearing their happiest smiles, in matching black numbers.
Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho
The doctor to the stars glowed on the red carpet as they proved that a pop of color wouldn’t hurt. Vicki brought sunny vibes in her Monique Lhuillier yellow V-neck garb, which Hayden complemented with a printed blue coat.
Dawn Zulueta and Anton Lagdameo
The power couple looked like teenagers in love when they strutted the red carpet in coordinated black outfits.
Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres
Lucy’s immaculate beauty lighted up the Ball with her blue satin attire, proving that she still got it! Her husband, Richard, was obviously captivated all over again, thus their romantic poses on the red carpet just came naturally. While not seen in the gallery, Richard and Lucy arrived with their unica hija, Juliana.
Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo
Judy Ann’s gorgeous emerald gown reminds us of her and Ryan’s love for each other – it’s evergreen. It was her first time to attend a ball that’s held among ABS-CBN artists, and what better way to mark this milestone than bring her handsome hubby with her. When interviewed on the red carpet, Judy Ann gushed about partying and dancing the night away since they normally spend their evenings watching series at home. The Ball was equal to date night for the Agoncillo couple!
Anne Curtis and Erwann Heussaff
That night marked the comeback of the one and only ‘Diyosa’ on the red-carpet event among Kapamilya stars! Anne, one of the most-awarded attendees since Star Magic Ball, pulled out all the stops to create the most dazzling look. She had her black ball gown custom-made by Monique Lhuillier, the same designer who created her wedding gown. As for the hair and accessories, she picked a sparkly headpiece and a pair of diamond earrings. Even her nails were freshly manicured with intricate dried-flower nail art design for the occasion.
Matching his wife’s effort to dress up, then-first-time attendee Erwan picked a black Tom Ford suit. Together, they stole our hearts!
Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli
For the first time, Matteo attended a Kapamilya ball with a date. He and Sarah made us witness their unmistakable affection and warmth towards each other in shimmering outfits.
Jay R and Mika Javier
Mika took a sartorial risk by wearing an ultra-high slit dress in the shade of emerald green, which perfectly contrasted her morena skin. She was, well-how-else-can-we-put-it, sexy from head to toe! It had only been a month since she said ‘yes’ to Jay R’s marriage proposal.
Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong
How many couples do you know have been in love for over 40 years and still look at each other like it’s the first time? It was a case of instant attraction for Christopher, who first knew about Sandy in a magazine feature story and knew that they are bound to be together. We hope to see this power couple spread romance in the next ABS-CBN Ball.
Kim Chiu and Xian Lim
Fairytale is what comes to our mind whenever we think of Kim and Xian’s love story, and of their outfits to the 2018 Ball too. Kim’s black ball gown by Michael Cinco is so garden-inspired, hand-painted with butterfly embellishments, while Xian’s suit features leave elements to complete their theme.
Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla
All eyes were on KathNiel as they rocked a simple yet elegant fashion style. Kathryn achieved that very sexy and classy look with her low-back white gown, nude makeup, and side ponytail; while Daniel pulled off a black-and-silver suit that calls to mind K-Pop fashion.
McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson
Elisse looked every inch a royalty in her blue gown, while McCoy was the perfect prince charming that night. More than their looks, McLisse delighted everyone with their ‘reconciliation’. To recall, the couple was said to have broken up months before the Ball. During the red-carpet interview, McCoy explained that they just bumped into each other that night and they didn’t actually plan to walk the red carpet together. The ABS-CBN Ball, as well as Star Magic Ball, truly witnessed McCoy and Elisse’s love story unfold.
Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte
At the ABS-CBN Ball 2018, Loisa shone like a star wearing a sparkly silver tube dress. She picked the perfect diamond accessories and styled her straight, long hair in a slicked center-part ‘do, keeping her aura polished and sexy. Her red-carpet style was simple yet impactful, the same adjectives to describe Ronnie’s stylish suit. Never the boring type, he added a bit of pizzazz to his look by wearing trendy specs as his best accessory.
Which couple do you wish to see at the ABS-CBN Ball 2023?
This year, the ABS-CBN Ball embarks on a new chapter that celebrates stories of gratitude and togetherness shared by the whole Kapamilya community – artists, employees, and collaborators.
Watch out for the grandest showbiz affair of the year! The ABS-CBN Ball 2023 happens on September 30 for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Foundation.