Since its inception in 2006, the Star Magic Ball has been regarded as the biggest gathering of celebrities annually — and it looks to only get grander as it evolves this year into the more encompassing ABS-CBN Ball.
With hundreds of guests — among them screen veterans, showbiz newcomers, and A-list idols — the past balls saw the unfolding of love stories. Rumored couples arriving together effectively confirmed their status, first-time dates sparked speculation of a romance, and long-time sweethearts generated “kilig” among their fans.
Such was the case for four former couples whose photo booth snaps at the 2009 Star Magic Ball regularly makes the rounds online, usually attached to the “hugot” era meme that declares, “Walang forever!”
The photo shows (top row, L-R) Sam Milby, Billy Crawford, Nikki Gil, Derek Ramsay, Shaina Magdayao, John Prats, (bottom row, L-R), Anne Curtis, Bea Alonzo, and Raymond Gutierrez.
As many showbiz fans would remember, all of them — except for Alonzo and Gutierrez — were in a relationship with another artist in that photo. The pairings go: Crawford and Gil, Ramsay and Panganiban, Magdayao and Prats, and Milby and Curtis.
All four couples are no longer together.
Here’s what happened to them, love life-wise, after those viral snaps were taken:
Billy Crawford and Nikki Gil
After five years together, Crawford and Gil broke up in 2013. They are now both married. Gil tied the knot with businessman BJ Albert in November 2015. They welcomed their first child in 2017. Crawford, meanwhile, exchanged vows with actress Coleen Garcia in April 2018.
Angelica Panganiban and Derek Ramsay
The former “Maging Sino Ka Man” co-stars ended their six-year relationship in February 2012. Both became involved romantically with others following the separation. Ramsay, who dated actress Cristine Reyes for a time, is now in a relationship with wellness enthusiast Joanne Villablanca. Panganiban, on the other hand, had a three-year relationship with actor John Lloyd Cruz that ended in March 2016. She is currently single, and is now being romantically linked with her ex-boyfriend, actor Carlo Aquino.
Anne Curtis and Sam Milby
The ex-couple dubbed “SamAnne” had a tumultuous four-year relationship that ended for good in 2011. The two managed to become friends, and even co-starred in several projects, after the breakup. Milby, who dated model Mari Jasmine for a time, is currently single, while Curtis is now married to restaurateur and vlogger Erwan Heussaff.
Shaina Magdayao and John Prats
Facebook Page: John Prats and Shaina Magdayao
Together for two years, Magdayao and Prats called it quits in December 2009, just a few months after the Star Magic Ball that year. Magdayao then had a two-year relationship with actor John Lloyd Cruz, which ended in 2012. Since then, she has been romantically linked with actor Piolo Pascual, although they’ve never confirmed being a couple. Prats, meanwhile, dated two other celebrities — Rachelle Ann Go and Bianca Manalo — before his relationship with actress Isabel Oli, whom he married in May 2016 and with whom he’s now expecting a second child.