I Was A Photographer At The 2019 ABS-CBN Ball; Here's What It Was Like Inside

Including the cutest candid photos of your favorite celebs.
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By now, you've probably seen several photos of your favorite stars striking a pose at the second annual ABS-CBN Ball red carpet. But have you ever wondered what goes on before that perfect shot is taken? Cosmopolitan takes you behind the scenes of what is arguably one of the biggest nights of the year!

4:30 p.m.

I arrived at the venue. This year, the ABS-CBN Ball was held at Shangri-La at the Fort in BGC. Already, there was a line forming by the registration booth. 

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5:00 p.m. 

It's registration time. Official photographers stationed at the red carpet were given blue bands while media representatives got orange bands and were led to the press room. 

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5:10 p.m. 

Made sure I dressed appropriately; I may be working behind the scenes, but ball pa rin ito

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5:20 p.m.

I arrived early, as one always should, and scored a really good spot at the red carpet. Every photographer knows na mahirap umalis kapag nahanap mo na yung angle na gusto mo. Wala naman 'tong reserved seating, haha!

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5:25 p.m.

We were briefed about what's allowed and what's not: No livestreaming, strictly only photos. And 'wag makipagchismisan sa mga kakilalang artists. Keep it professional!

6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Once the celebs start walking, it's complete chaos, lalo na 'pag sunud-sunod na sila. May chance talaga na when they reach the second half of the carpet, tuluy-tuloy na yung lakad nila. So there isn't a lot of time to think, you just have to trust yourself and keep clicking! 

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All in all, I think I took more than 3,000 photos in the span of three to four hours. Maraming photos na hindi na-po-post kasi they're not glam enough. Pero sa totoo lang, those are some of the best moments. 

Here are Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla getting ready to smize for the camera.

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Actually, there was no shortage of sweetness on the red carpet last night. 

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil

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Andrea Brillantes and Seth Fedelin

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Leila Alcasid and Curtismith

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Sobrang cute rin nung twinning moment ni Cristine Reyes with her daughter, Amarah

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Here's an adorable shot of Scarlet Snow Belo, of course. She suddenly got shy when she was told to pose solo, CUUUTE!

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A personal favorite was when Pepe Herrera's spidey senses tingled, lol! Bigla siyang gumanito

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The red carpet photographers also loved Ylona Garcia because she was so game! 

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But I'm pretty sure 'eto na yung nanalo sa lahat ng candid shots ng ABS-CBN Ball this year.

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