Apart from the attendees and the ensembles, fans tuned in for the stunners who luckily take home the coveted special awards during the night. Among them were Kathryn Bernardo who took home the Pond’s Brightest Star of the Night while Julia Barretto was hailed as the Pond’s Bell of the Ball. Pinoy Big Brother Lucky 7 Housemates and Star Magic Ball first-timers Kisses Delavin and Marco Gallo, meanwhile, bagged the Cornetto Tip-to-Top (Best Dressed) award, while real life sweethearts Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano received the Oppo Couple of the Night award.
In keeping with the tradition, the ball paid tribute to a moving force in the entertainment industry—this year it was Star Creatives’ Chief Operating Officer Malou Santos. The highlight of the momentous occasion was the surprise recognition for Star Magic’s father, Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan, for his incalculable contribution to the showbiz industry and for his matchless mentoring and support to the Star Magic talents then and now.
To cap off the tribute, Mr. M, who enjoys gazing and discovering stars figuratively and literally, received a telescope from his Star Magic Babies Claudine Barretto and Kristine Hermosa, while ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer Charo Santos gave a brief speech to honor the man of the hour.
Like MNS, Mr. M also received the Magnum Icon Award for his unquestionable role in the Kapamilya network, in shaping generations of fine performers and in pushing Star Magic to be a frontrunner in the talent management field.