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#MetroStyleWatch: All The Creative, Non-Terno Outfits That Stood Out At The 2019 ABS-CBN Ball

There's more to Filipiniana than the traditional terno—check out how some Kapamilya stars interpreted the Modern Filipiniana dress code!

Last weekend, the brightest stars in the industry gathered at the ABS-CBN Ball to raise funds for Bantay Bata 163. And in celebration of 65 years of serving the Filipino people, the dress code of the evening was Modern Filipiniana!

While there was an abundance of women who dazzled in terno ensembles that featured the classic butterfly sleeves, there was also a number of ladies who stood out in creative reinterpretations of the traditional Filipiniana! From contemporary baro't saya-inspired dresses to Barong Tagalog numbers, we've listed down the top 10 women who dropped jaws in out-of-the-box Modern Filipiniana outfits. For your dose of style inspo, scroll ahead!

Sarah Lahbati in Mark Bumgarner 

Sarah looked elegant as ever in a modern trade de mestiza piece by Mark Bumgarner. Her oversized puff sleeves stole the show!

Maricar Reyes-Poon in Francis Libiran

The actress, author, and entrepreneur made a style statement when she entered the ballroom with light pink hair, in a gorgeous sage jumpsuit made of abaca—one of the Philippines' most vital crops.


Elisse Joson in Anthony Ramirez

Elisse was a lovely damsel in a Barong Tagalog-inspired dress. She also wore orange lipstick for a sultry, powerful touch!

Alex Gonzaga in Joe San Antonio

The actress, vlogger, and Oppo ambassador dazzled in an embellished baro't saya. So chic!


Kim Jones in Carl Jan Cruz

Our 2019 Metro Most Stylish Woman was the epitome of effortlessly cool with sleek hair and a contemporary piña number. 


Heaven Peralejo in Julianne Syjuco

The teen actress donned a dainty, age-appropriate ball gown inspired by the abaniko. "This accessory was used by women to communicate messages to one another. Fanning the fan rapidly can mean displeasure while covering it on a lady’s chest can mean modesty," the actress quipped.

Janella Salvador in Michael Leyva

Janella Salvador exuded sophistication in this simple yet elegant Maria Clara dress. We're in love with the classy, minimalist silhouette!

Barbie Imperial in Rian Fernandez

Maria Clara meets Barbie in this hot pink, Swarovski-embellished Filipiniana!


Tootsy Angara in Rajo Laurel

The society personality wore a tapis-inspired dress made from metallic leather woven in Mindanao. 

Bianca Gonzales in Rajo Laurel

Finally, Metro Channel host Bianca was statuesque in a coral gown inspired by the work of our National Artist Arturo Luz.

Photography by Magic Liwanag for Metro.Style