From DonBelle to KathNiel, these couples brought unmatched elegance, glamour, and romance to the ABS-CBN Ball red carpet!
The ABS-CBN Ball 2023 for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Foundation was a night of magic as it celebrated stories of gratitude and togetherness. The theme was “Forever Grateful,” in honor of the ball’s grand return after three years and the shutdown that changed the trajectory of the media giant’s service. It also paved the way for new movements in media such as collaborations and partnerships, as shown in the arrival of GMA executives on the red carpet and the pairing of BFFs Darren Espanto and Cassy Legaspi. In a show of gratefulness and community, the Ball signified new beginnings in more ways than one.
Among the roster of stars, executives, and industry leaders that walked the red carpet, these young stars proved the power and popularity of this new generation of professionals making names for themselves in the industry both as individuals and as pairs. Successful in their own right, each couple—whether partners, loveteams, friends, or all of the above—went above and beyond to embody the night’s splendor in a variety of styles and bedazzlements.
DONBELLE (DONNY PANGILINAN & BELLE MARIANO)
Power Couple of the Night and People’s Choice: Stars of the Night awardees Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano were picture-perfect at the ABS-CBN Ball, totally embodying the glittering magic of the night. Donny wore an all-black embroidered Louis Vuitton suit while Belle was a vision in a gold sparkling gown by Michael Leyva.
DARREN ESPANTO & CASSY LEGASPI
Singer-songwriter Darren Espanto and actress Cassy Legaspi made wishes come true as they arrived together at the ABS-CBN Ball. The pair served classic black tie elegance in black and white Francis Libiran and Bvlgari jewelry.
KODREA (KOBIE BROWN & ANDI ABAYA)
Former Pinoy Big Brother contestants Kobie Brown and Andrea “Andi” Abaya, affectionately called KoDrea, walked the carpet in a bespoke, bejeweled Ehrran Montoya suit and a silver Russel May gown, respectively.
FRANSETH (FRANCINE DIAZ & SETH FEDELIN)
The young superstar couple of Francine Diaz and Seth Fedelin stunned on the red carpet as Francine paired a bedazzled gold gown by Val Taguba with long wavy hair and wispy bangs and Seth donned a suit with his now-signature sunglasses.
VIBRENT (VIVOREE & BRENT MANALO)
Vivoree Esclito and Brent Manalo made bold choices with their contrasting outfits. Vivoree wore a custom sheer, sequined, and feathered Lauren Vito gown with LVNA by Drake Dustin jewelry, while Brent donned a structured white Joey Samson suit with Tiffany and Co. jewelry.
LOINIE (LOISA ANDALIO & RONNIE ALONTE)
Actors and performers Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte, or LoiNie, served couple realness. Loisa wore a fitted gown with a corset-like top and hip cut-outs designed by Bonita Penaranda, while Ronnie paired a Dior tux with a velvet bowtie, cummerbund, and white Balenciaga sunglasses.
KDLEX (KD ESTRADA & ALEXA ILACAD)
Young stars KD Estrada and Alexa Ilacad mixed classic and modern as KD wore a Traje de Boda by Shirley Arambulo-Lustado suit while Alexa wore a fitted, chandelier-like lime green halter gown by Mak Tumang.
MARIS RACAL & RICO BLANCO
The people’s spirit queen Maris Racal took glam to whole ‘nother level as her gold sequined gown was flanked by giant blue sleeves and and a matching blue overskirt. Her partner Rico Blanco looked sharp in a J.E. & Company tuxedo suit.
KATHNIEL (KATHRYN BERNARDO & DANIEL PADILLA)
The ever-iconic KathNiel graced the red carpet with pure elegance, as usual. Kathryn Bernardo wore a daring and modern bejeweled Mark Bumgarner gown with a trendy wavy bob with bangs while Daniel Padilla donned an elaborate black kimono over a classic suit with a vest.