'Award-worthy' stars' at the Star Magic Ball

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2008 03:54 PM | Updated as of Jul 02 2008 11:54 PM

By RACHELLE SIAZON and MANILA SANTOS
ABS-CBN.com


This year’s Star Magic Ball held last June 30 at the Isla Ballroom of the Shangri-la EdsaPlaza hotel was a glitzy affair full of your favorite celebrities in their best gowns and suits. But not all the highlights were found during the program proper. Here are some of the other celebrities we found to be award worthy.

Early Bird Award - PBB Teens


PBB Teens Robi, Alex, Linda, Kevin, Ejay and Valerie all share in the distinction for being at the venue even before some of the press arrived. They were one of the first couples to walk down the red carpet and were immediately flanked by the paparazzi at the end of the line.

Goddess of the Night award – Kristine Hermosa

Make no mistake, no one else but Kristine Hermosa can make a stunning entrance with such a commanding presence. The screen goddess may have arrived dateless, but was seen happily talking to exes Diether Ocampo and Jericho Rosales later during the party.

Goddess-in-the-Making award – Gaby De La Merced

When the PBB racing goddess walked down the red carpet in a Grecian gown held only by a gold brooch, everyone couldn’t help but admire the understated elegance she exuded. Gaby also showed a different side with a very sexy detail on the side of her dress. “I didn’t realize na ganun pala ka-revealing yung gilid ko until I wore it na!” Gaby said.

Grand Entrance Award - Pokwang

No one else but Pokwang can trip on the red carpet and still manage to get up in good humor and pizzazz. The comedienne was overheard joking that her elaborate theatrical makeup was done in just 10 minutes flat and that she just stole the curtains from her house in order to make the long trail of her dress.

Better Late Than Never award – Jericho Rosales

Opting to skip the red carpet (and the prying cameras), Jericho quietly slipped into the ballroom after the lights dimmed and the program started. He immediately went up to ABS-CBN executives for a quick greeting before heading off to hang out with old friends like Diether Ocampo and Kaye Abad.

Mr. Clean Award – Jason Abalos and Ping Medina

Although these two dashing gentlemen both admittedly feel more comfortable wearing jeans and sneakers, they definitely clean up well in a tuxedo and suit. Jason, who says he doesn’t usually get the chance to wear a tuxedo everyday, was excited for the chance to dress up in formal wear for a change.

Model Son Award – Piolo Pascual

While everyone was eagerly anticipating who would be the lucky girl that Piolo gets to escort that night, it turned out that the dashing matinee idol decided to make his beloved mom as his date for the night, even making sure to include her in his interviews and photo ops. The heartthrob was also seen being very attentive to his mom all throughout the night.

Party Animal award – Dino Imperial

Even before the show proper, Dino Imperial was already seen enjoying the free champagne and drinks at the cocktails. He was seen chatting excitedly with the rest of his Astigs castmates and his arm around co-star Isabel Blaesi. Dino, who is also an events promoter and emcee, admits he was excited when asked to take the microphone and introduce some guests.

Busy Boy award – John Lloyd Cruz

In between photo ops and talking to other celebs, the "A Very Special Love" star was constantly seen on his cellphone, either texting or talking to someone. We don’t have to guess who the girl on the other end of the line is.

Chika time award – Ai Ai Delas Alas and John Lapus


Old friends and colleagues Ai Ai and John were obviously excited when they saw each other in the ballroom, with Ai Ai even transferring to John’s table to be able to chat and laugh with him for a long time.

Sweet surprise award – Geoff Eifenmann and Maja Salvador

If these shots taken during the event were any indication, we’d have thought that good friends Geoff and Maja were a new item. Although they are not and have never been linked, the former First Day High co-stars displayed familiarity with each other that shows just how close they’ve become over the years. They also shared that they will be starring in a new series sometime soon.

Unbeatable Tandem award – Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson

It’s no wonder why My Girl has been topping the primetime charts lately because Kim and Gerald’s onscreen chemistry even translates into real life. They were simply inseparable during the program, as if they don’t often see each other on the set of their hit romantic comedy series.

Classy Lady award – Jodi Sta. Maria

If she’s not happily married and had a beautiful kid by now, lots of guys would surely try to win over the heart of Jodi who simply exudes an air of elegance about her. Perhaps that’s what motherhood and a blissful marriage do to a person. It almost makes you wonder if you should take the plunge too just to achieve that grown-up sophistication.

Very Special Friendship award – Shaina Magdayao and John Prats

It’s still not clear whether Shaina and John are now an official couple or still at the courtship stage. Even when they showed up together at the ball, Shaina insisted that they came as ‘partners’ and nothing more than that. So the ring from John which she was seen wearing recently is just a symbol of friendship or what?

What you see is what you get award – Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano

Both are not Star Magic artists but nevertheless, they honored the event with their presence. But since they came together, people couldn’t help but wonder what the real score between them is.Luis however kept mum about it and chose to let everyone draw their own conclusion from their closeness.

Flashy Ride Award – Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago

Even before walking down the red carpet, Claudine was already besieged by cameramen in front of the hotel as she arrived in a luxury car with husband Raymart. But more important than making a good impression was their chance to party with friends, a rare treat with their busy schedules. In fact, the two immediately hit the dance floor with Empoy and the rest of the Star Magic artists right after the program proper.