I’m so excited to share with you the details of the first event I’ve legit gotten super-glammed up for since giving birth to Kai. You may know the ABS-CBN ball by it’s previous name, the Star Magic Ball. This is the event that has a guestlist of Star Magic artists and other special guests. This year, it’s expanded to invite all ABS-CBN talents and management.

However, just because we’re all getting dressed up doesn’t mean that there is no meaning to the event. This year’s ball will help Bantay Bata 163 in launching efforts to open the Bantay Bata 163 Children’s Village, which is an upcoming home in Bulacan for abused, exploited, and neglected children.

Last year’s Star Magic Ball theme was black and white. This year, everyone came in color!  

Knowing this theme in mind, I wanted something fun, cool, and effortlessly chic for the ball. I’ve never been a gown type of girl because I kind of feel stiff and uncomfortable sometimes. In fact, at the last Star Magic Ball, I wore a black off-shoulder ensemble with pants and a train! I was still pregnant with Kai here, so I didn’t want to feel pinched!

This year, I went for Halpern Studio, which is a London-based brand. Since we could come in color, I chose this sequin-covered cold shoulder short dress. It was very different in the sea of long gowns, especially with its striking red and fuschia color! I thought this was really fun to wear.


I had a few rings on my fingers and a simple pair of studs as well. To keep some essentials and an emergency lippie in one place, I brought a small back YSL sling.

To finish it off, I decided on a pair of black suede Charlotte Olympia shoes with an ankle tie. They were simple in comparison to my dress, but I really wanted the dress to be the highlight.  

My date for the evening also looked very very dapper! Chard decided on this Margiela suit with Dior shoes.

I do have to say that it takes a lot of work to make your favorite actors and actresses look red-carpet worthy, so I have to thank my amazing team for helping me get ready for this special night. My makeup was done by Lala Flores and my hair by Paul Nebres. My makeup was simple but striking for the ABS-CBN ball, with defined eyes and brows, and a neutral lip. My hair was styled 70s glam straight, with a couple of Versace pins to add contrast and to keep it from going everywhere!  

And of course, I have to thank Liz Uy and the StyLIZed team for the help in putting together the whole outfit. I was very much hands on with my look, but they gave great input as always.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my ABS-CBN ball ensemble! It was a fun evening. Now if you’ll excuse me, I am looking forward to spending the rest of my weekend with my family. 🙂