GMA Gala 2023: Where Dreams Meet Excellence and Style

Content Editor
July 28, 2023

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Once again, GMA Network, a prominent broadcasting company, brought together its most shining stars, executives, media partners, and collaborators for the highly successful "GMA Gala 2023." The grand event took place on July 22 at The Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.


With the title of the local showbiz's most significant event of the year, the GMA Gala 2023 also marked the celebration of the Kapuso Network's 73rd anniversary. Over 500 artists and distinguished guests graced the occasion, elegantly parading on the opulent red carpet in their stylish gowns and suits.


Raising the Bar: GMA Gala 2023's Triumphs and Milestones


The GMA Gala 2023 proved to be a significant success, managing to raise P1 million for the GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF). Graciously accepting the donation on behalf of the foundation was Ms. Rikki Escudero-Catibog, the Executive Vice President and COO of GMAKF.


During the event, the audience was treated to exceptional performances by a lineup of talented artists. Sparkle artists such as Thea Astley, Rita Daniela, Timmy Albert, Selina Griffin, Princess Aliyah, Gaea Mischa, Liana Castillo, John Rex Baculfo, and the renowned Asia's Limitless Star, Ms. Julie Anne San Jose, delivered captivating acts.


The night also featured the recognition and honoring of some of the brightest stars of the Network. Kapuso Primetime King and Queen, Dingdong Dantes, and Marian Rivera were lauded as the Couple of the Night. The lead stars of "The Cheating Game," Julie Anne San Jose, and Rayver Cruz, were celebrated as the Sparkle Love Team of the Night.


Marian Rivera and Dindong Dantes (Left) | Rayver Cruz and Julie Ann San Jose (Right)
Images from GMA Network and the Philippine Star


In addition, Ruru Madrid and Bianca Umali were awarded Male and Female "Young Star of the Night," respectively. The audience also cheered for Asia's Multimedia Star, Alden Richards, as he received the Sparkle Star of the Night (Male) award, while Heart Evangelista was named Sparkle Star of the Night (Female).


Biana Umali and Ruru Madrid (Left), Alden Richards (Center), Heart Evangelista (Right)
Images from Nice Print Photo, Sparkle GMA Artist Center, and Heart Evangelista


The TikTok Crowd Favorite of the Night award in the Male and Female categories went to Pambansang Ginoo David Licauco and Magandang Dilag lead star, Herlene Budol. Meanwhile, Kapuso Primetime Princess, Barbie Forteza, was honored with the Avignon Radiant Beauty of The Night, and Sparkle star Gabbi Garcia was presented with the LazBeauty Look of the Night award.


(From Left to Right) David Licauco, Herlene Budol, Barbie Forteza, and Gabbi Garcia
Images from Nice Print Photo, PEP.PH, and Gabbi Garcia


Jillian Ward, the star of "Abot Kamay na Pangarap," was shining brightly as she received two awards: the Premier Star of the Night award and The Sparkling Smile of the Night award.


Image from GMA Network


Prominent Kapamilya artist Anne Curtis was recognized as the FRONTROW Luxxe Royalty award, while Kyline Alcantara was acknowledged with the Luxxe White Face of the Night award.


Anne Curtis (Left) and (Kyline Alcantara (Right)
Images from Preview and the GMA Network


Another highlight of the night was Andrea Torres winning the Discover Your Travel Sparkle with PAL Photo contest, showcasing her exceptional photoshoot at the Philippine Airlines’ booth.


Image from Nice Print Photo


Lastly, the Gala celebrated the love of newly engaged couple Bea Alonzo and Dominic Roque, as they were chosen as the Sparkling Couple of the Night, adding warmth and joy to the memorable event.


Image from GMA Network


Sartorial Excellence: The Top 10 Fashionable Stars at GMA Gala 2023


Of course, we're not going to stan those who went trending for the wrong reasons - especially for wearing jewelry that is actually excavated funerary death masks from ancient burial sites - we're going to cite the celebrities that really shined without the backlash. 


That said, here are the (in our opinion) 7 best dressed celebrities that rocked the GMA Gala 2023.


Barbie Forteza 


Image from Nice Print Photo


On the red carpet, pulling off pastels can be a challenge, but Barbie Forteza effortlessly mastered the art. Wearing a form-fitting baby blue ball gown designed by Ehrran Montoya, she proved that when done right, pastels can be a head-turning choice. The dress was not only flattering, but also exuded a sense of sophistication and maturity while maintaining a youthful charm.


Marian Rivera 


Image from Preview


Marian Rivera, known for her timeless beauty, looked stunning in a white strappy gown designed by Danielle Frankel. The dress featured subtle plissé detailing and a graceful tulle train, making her a true vision on the occasion. Its simplicity and elegance made it stand out prominently amidst the crowd, leaving no one unaffected by its beauty.


Heart Evangelista


Image from Inquirer


Heart Evangelista once again proved her fashion prowess by fearlessly embracing the most adventurous designs and making them shine on the red carpet. For this year's gala, she confidently chose a '60s-inspired Schiaparelli frock adorned with dazzling paillettes, while the bodice showcased the brand's signature nipple detail. Her choice was bold, exuding a fierce and fabulous aura that left everyone in awe of her fashion-forward statement.


Vice Ganda


Image from Fashion PULIS


Vice Ganda truly knows how to steal the spotlight with a "showstopping" appearance! The comedian and TV host left no holds barred as they opted for a hyperglamorous ensemble, donning a crystal-encrusted gown designed by Neric Beltran. The look was accentuated with a striking white feather boa and vavavoom blonde hair, making a bold and unforgettable statement at the event.


Bea Alonzo


Image from Nice Print Photo


Hand-in-hand with her fiancé Dominic Roque, the newly engaged style maven graced the red carpet in a captivating fashion, donning a corseted dress from AZ Factory. The timeless silhouette of the dress beautifully accentuated her curves, adding to her elegance. To complement the stunning ivory ensemble, she carried a beaded purse that perfectly matched her exquisite jewelry from Bulgari, completing the striking and sophisticated look.


Anne Curtis


Image from GMA Network


Anne Curtis's admiration for Audrey Hepburn is well known, and she seized the chance to channel her favorite Hollywood icon on this special occasion. Her outfit choice perfectly embodied the spirit of Audrey Hepburn, as she opted for a minimalist Saint Laurent column dress that exuded elegance and sophistication. To complete the look, she adorned herself with exquisite jewelry from Tiffany & Co., and the clip-on bangs added a touch of vintage charm, reminiscent of the iconic character Sabrina portrayed by Audrey Hepburn.


Jasmine Curtis 


Image from Preview


It's official: Mermaid-core is poised to become the next major trend alongside Barbiecore, and Jasmine's ensemble serves as compelling evidence! The actress left everyone in awe with her choice of a metallic mesh creation crafted by Michael Leyva. The outfit's iridescent allure, combined with its sensuality and commanding presence, truly made a powerful fashion statement.


A Night of Glitz, Glamour, and Triumph: Recap of GMA Gala 2023


The GMA Gala 2023 was a night of glitz, glamour, and triumphs, bringing together GMA Network's brightest stars, executives, and collaborators. The red carpet showcased impeccable fashion choices, with celebrities donning bold and innovative styles that left a lasting impression on the fashion world. The event also recognized exceptional talent within the Network, with awards honoring artists' hard work and dedication to their craft. With its resounding success, the gala highlighted GMA Network's commitment to providing top-notch entertainment and its stars' ability to captivate audiences across the nation, leaving an unforgettable mark in the world of showbiz.