Regarded as the biggest gathering of stars in local showbiz, the Star Magic Ball, over the years, has become the inevitable venue of ex-couples crossing paths, in some cases with their respective new lovers.
With its evolution as the more encompassing ABS-CBN Ball this year, the web of past and present romance, perceived “rivalries,” and apparent switch of partners, is bound to get bigger.
Leading up to the September 29 event, here’s a look-back at former couples who shared the same room as they attended last year’s event — the 2017 Star Magic Ball:
ANGELICA PANGANIBAN & JOHN LLOYD CRUZ
Together for more than three years, the two were reported to have broken up in January 2016. At the time of the 2017 Star Magic Ball, Cruz was already being romantically linked with his current girlfriend, Ellen Adarna, with whom he recently welcomed a child. Panganiban remains single.
SHAINA MAGDAYAO & JOHN LLOYD CRUZ
Magdayao and Cruz broke up in early 2012. The actress has been romantically linked with actor Piolo Pascual since, but neither has confirmed being officially together. Cruz, meanwhile, is a new dad to his “panganay” with actress Ellen Adarna.
SHAINA MAGDAYAO & JOHN PRATS
Together for two years, Magdayao and Prats called it quits in 2009. Prats is now married to actress Isabel Oli, who was his date to the 2017 ball; while Magdayao remains single, despite being romantically linked with actor Piolo Pascual.
HEART EVANGELISTA & JOHN PRATS
Evangelista and Prats, who were teenagers when they dated in 2000, arrived at the 2017 ball with their respective spouses — Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, and actress Isabel Oli.
HEART EVANGELISTA & JERICHO ROSALES
Evangelista and Rosales broke up in 2008. The actress is now married to Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, her date to the 2017 ball; while Rosales is married to model-host Kim Jones.
KRISTINE HERMOSA & JERICHO ROSALES
One the most successful “love teams” in local showbiz, Hermosa and Rosales also became lovers in real life. Hermosa is now married to actor Oyo Boy Sotto, with whom she arrived at the 2017 ball; while Rosales is married to model-host Kim Jones.
HEART EVANGELISTA & DANIEL MATSUNAGA
The former couple, who broke up in 2012, were spotted greeting each other at the 2017 ball. Evangelista is now married to Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, while Matsunaga is reportedly dating a Polish model.
ERICH GONZALES & DANIEL MATSUNAGA
The former couple ended their two-year relationship at start of 2017, which the actress confirmed in February. Gonzales went solo to the 2017 ball, while Matsunaga arrived with his sister, Vanessa.
MAJA SALVADOR & GERALD ANDERSON
Salvador and Anderson broke up in early 2015. The actress arrived solo at the 2017 ball, while the actor had as date his current girlfriend, actress Bea Alonzo.
KIM CHIU & GERALD ANDERSON
The former love team dubbed “Kimerald” broke up in 2010. Chiu is rumored to be dating onscreen partner Xian Lim, her escort at the 2017 ball; while Anderson is now in a relationship with actress Bea Alonzo.