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Mike De Leon says that showbiz is the “opium of the people”

Mike De Leon says that showbiz is the “opium of the people”

  • Director Mike De Leon criticized the ABS-CBN Ball.
  • He said that showbiz is the new drug of the people.

Veteran film director Mike De Leon slammed the recently concluded ABS-CBN Ball and the showbiz industry in general.

In the official Facebook page of ‘Citizen Jake,’ his latest movie, he expressed his strong opposition to the grand event of the Kapamilya network.

He uploaded a photo of ‘It’s Showtime’ hosts Vice Ganda and Ryan Bang, asking the question “Who really needs the ABS-CBN ball?”

Many people will not like this question but I have to ask it- In these dark times of murder and hunger, who really needs the ABS-CBN ball? Bread and Cricuses again a la Imelda Marcos.

In his caption, he called the showbiz industry the new “opium of the people,” replacing religion. He said that he became upset as events like the ABS-CBN Ball had been the people’s priority instead of our social and political predicament.

Bato-bato sa langit… ang tamaan… At salamat sa lahat ng mga nag-comment. It should now become even more clear to thinking Filipinos that religion is no longer the opium of the people, it is showbiz. People now become more upset by a legitimate question about priorities (like this ball) than the politcal helhole we all find ourselves in presently. We are truly a damaged people. Kaawa-awang Pilipinas…

A few netizens clarified that the event was for a cause. They also said that the ball was privately funded.

It was a fund raising event at the same time for abused children.

Direk kaya love na love kita eh! U got that spunk to speak out… ❤️
Kaso privately funded po iyan hindi government funds…

Why can’t people be happy that aside from providing glitz & glamour, the ABS-CBN Ball’s intent is to raise funds for Bantay Bata? WHY?!

Others said that the ball has nothing to do with social issues and people sometimes use it for their own enjoyment.

This Ball has nothing to do with the current situation of our country and besides, ABS-CBN is doing this thing not just for entertainment but also to raise funds for the benifit of Bantay Bata…

Actually, social issues are there and will always be there as we live life in this world. To stop our daily activities and enjoyments just because of these negative social realities, I think will lead to pessimism and push people to lose hope. Why don’t we put on light and share more our blessings towards giving hope for the hopeless. Let us stop hurting each other. Let us love and let peace flourish in our country and in the whole world.

It can be remembered that De Leon’s latest movie ‘Citizen Jake’ was plagued by issues such as his feud with Atom Araullo.

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Maymay Entrata’s prize from ABS-CBN Ball to be donated to charity

Maymay Entrata’s prize from ABS-CBN Ball to be donated to charity

  • MayMay Entrata won the Belo Beautiful Award at the recent ABS-CBN Ball. 
  • The cash prize will be donated to the star’s chosen charity.

The first ever ABS-CBN Ball was held on September 29 and the buzz hasn’t died down yet!

There were notable winners of the special awards. one of whom is MayMay Entrata, who won the Belo Beautiful Award which was awarded to the most beautiful star of the night.

MayMay took to Instagram to post her sincere thanks for the award and a check worth ₱100,000.

But the award isn’t for the young actress, but to those who are more in need.

Isa sa mga pinapasalamatan ko po ng sobra ay itinahanghal sa pinaka unang Belo beautiful star winner. Dahil maibabahagi ko ang award nato sa mas nangangailangan ng tulong kaysa sakin. Kaya Shout out ako sa lahat ng bumuto at sumuporta sa award nato dahil isa sainyo, di nyo alam kung panu nyo mababago ang buhay ng iba, nabago nyo na sakin pero hanggang ngayon patuloy parin kayong nagpapabago at binigyang kulay ang mgat taong nawawalan ng pag-asa lalo na sa mga bata. Kaya mahal na mahal ko kayo Mayward Family, Team May & Ed. Saludo ako sa napakabusilak nyong puso. Kahit sino magiging proud sainyo. At ma swerte ako na kayo ang naging suporta ko sa lahat ng to. Mahal ko kayo ❤️

Ps. Hindi ko matatanggap ang blessing nato kundi dahil din po sainyo Dr. @victoria_belo , @belobeauty Fam, Ms. @cristallebelo , @Ms. @florenzaguilar

Aside from MayMay, the Exes Baggage stars Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino won the Couple of the Night Award.

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Why was Sharon Cuneta absent at the ABS-CBN Ball?

Why was Sharon Cuneta absent at the ABS-CBN Ball?

  • Sharon Cuneta explained why she was absent at ABS-CBN’s biggest gathering of the year.
  • She said that she was exhausted from her sold-out concert the night before and didn’t have the energy to prepare for the ball.

Even though she had an invitation, Megastar Sharon Cuneta didn’t make it to the first ever ABS-CBN Ball held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on September 29.

In her Instagram post last weekend, Sharon said that everything was ready for her appearance at the ball, including her gown and the glam team that will help her prepare.

But unfortunately, she wasn’t able to make it because of tiredness and body ache after her 40th anniversary concert in Araneta Coliseum the day before the event. She explained that it was her decision not to attend.

My beautiful gown by @jotlosa was ready, glam team @mariano.peachy @jeffreyaromin were ready. The star who was invited to the ABS-CBN BALL thought last night that she was definitely gonna be ready to go. Until she woke up this afternoon and her whoooole boooodyyyy was aching sooooo much that she couldn’t walk straight- cos she forgot she wanted to go to the Ball after singing, standing, dancing, moving for hours on stage last night! So girl is gonna eat her first (again, yes, FIRST) meal today when room service arrives, then conk out and sleep, hopefully long enough to recover for work tomorrow (Yes, tomorrow and everyday after!)! Have fun, all my Kapamilya! I love you! God bless you all. ❤️❤️❤️

Aside from the megastar, her daughter, KC Concepcion, was also invited to the event.

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JaDine looking forward to the ABS-CBN Ball

JaDine looking forward to the ABS-CBN Ball

  • James Reid and Nadine Lustre shared their excitement for the upcoming ABS-CBN Ball.
  • The couple said that there is no competition for them as the night is for them to have fun.

It’s nearly time for the ABS-CBN Ball and the fans aren’t the only ones excited about the grand Kapamilya gathering.

Among those thrilled to be attending the event is real-life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre. It will be the pair’s first time to attend the ball as it used to be exclusive only to Star Magic talents.

They shared that they are ready to have fun with other ABS-CBN artists as they are going to sport matching black outfits.

Well known designer Michael Cinco was the one that made James’ suit while Nadine’s dress is made by Dubai-based designer Garimon Roferos.

The actress shared that she’s really enthusiastic about going to the Ball. “I’m so excited, because I wanna dress up.” 

As they will be joining an estimated 500 artists attending the event, they were asked if they ever think of it as a “competition” of who will stand out the most.

James shared that since it’s their first time, the ball is really for them to enjoy and not mind what people will think. “The ball is really for us…and not what other people think.”

“We’re just there to look great and have fun,” Nadine added.

Other attendees will be Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, MayMay Entrata and Edward Barber, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, among others.

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Attendance check! Who are the love teams attending the ABS-CBN Ball?

Attendance check! Who are the love teams attending the ABS-CBN Ball?

  • The ABS-CBN Ball is just around the corner.
  • Here are the couples that are either confirmed or rumored to attend the grand event.

The much awaited ABS-CBN Ball is just around the corner, and just like any other big gathering in the entertainment industry, fans and viewers alike are looking forward to the attendees and their outfits.

So who are the ones guaranteed to make an appearance at the event?

Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez

Will Ogie bring Regine on this year’s ABS-CBN Ball? Regine’s attendance will surely fire-up her rumored transfer to ABS-CBN.

Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban 

Carlo and Angelica have been one of the most talked about pairs recently since they’ve reunited for their movie Exes Baggage. Aside from their numerous television guestings and appearances, you will also see them at the ABS-CBN Ball.

Yassi Pressman and Coco Martin

You can watch them every single night in the top rating teleserye FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano but aside from that, you will soon see them glam it up at the red carpet of the ABS-CBN Ball.

Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber

One of the top trending pairs of this generation, MayWard, will also grace the red carpet of the ABS-CBN Ball. Maymay shared photos of the moment Edward asked her to be his date at the event.

Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres-Gomez

A couple with an amazing and heartwarming backstory. She was a fan and he was her idol. They have been married for 20 years now. Witness Lucy and Richard at the ABS-CBN Ball!

Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos

Another blissfully married couple is expected at the ball!

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla

After the success of their latest movie ‘The Hows of Us,’ their schedule has been full-packed. KathNiel, however, will surely not miss the first ever ABS-CBN Ball.

Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona

The pair is rumored to attend the ABS-CBN Ball amid a controversy.

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil

The ‘Bagani’ stars are ready to shine some more in this year’s big event.

James Reid and Nadine Lustre

It’s confirmed! James and Nadine will be at the ABS-CBN Ball. It was recently revealed that James will wear a suit by well-known, Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco. This is the first time that the real-life couple will attend the said event as it was previously exclusive to Star Magic talents.

Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto

Fans of JoshLia are looking forward to the pair’s presence at the ABS-CBN Ball.

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