Hot off the heels of Paris Fashion Week, Coleen Garcia made it just in time for the ABS-CBN Ball last September 29—and brought with her some serious fashion and beauty sensibilities! She practically stole the show (and heart of hubby Billy Crawford) in her body hugging, liquid gold bustier dress made by Patricia Santos.
For makeup, Pong Niu gave Coleen a bit of contrast by applying blue eyeshadow all around her eye (to match the ribbon of support to the ABS-CBN Bantay Bata Children's Village), while keeping the rest of her face barely-there bare. Her hairstylist and confidant Renz Pangilinan put the actress’ hair extensions in a tight ponytail. Gone were the full bangs and ombre strands she sported only days before!
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But there's more to her lewk story than what was televised. Below, Coleen shares the chaos that ensued hours before she arrived.
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So I flew from Paris to Bangkok, had one meal in the plane, got food poisoning, did not sleep AT ALL & kept vomiting on the way back. It was so bad. Once I landed in BKK, I didn’t have much time but I was STRUGGLING to not pass out while walking in the airport! First time & I was ALONE! ?? My vision was a blur, my body felt like it was melting & my head was spinning so bad, so I went straight to the nearest restroom & collapsed in the cubicle before continuing to throw up what was left of my guts. I inched my way to the lounge & the same thing happened until I heard my name being called, so with all my energy, I ran to the gate. I ended up missing my flight by 1 MINUTE & it made me cry in the airport out of frustration—and those who know me know that I don’t usually cry! I was able to change my flight at no additional cost, but it meant that I would arrive in MNL by 7pm instead of the original time which was 11am. Our call time was at 6pm. I still hadn’t fit my gown & I had no idea how I was gonna make it in time. I was able to rest & recover in the lounge before rushing like there’s no tomorrow once I landed in MNL. On top of that, I was told that one of my bags got left behind. All of this after Paris, where I had multiple events per day. ?? The reason why I’m sharing this is bec I’m blessed to know wonderful people who gladly came through when I needed it most. @lovipoe ended up fitting my dress for me (tho I can’t believe we have the same waist line cause hello just look at her! But then again, food poisoning...) and @kylieverzosa & @mica initially offered up their room in Shang before Tita Cory heard what was going on & stepped in to save the day. It really saved me so much time & trouble! I could not thank you girls enough, you are all true friends! And thank you, Tita Cory! ?? Thanks @adrianneconcept, @billycrawford, @starmagic_portia, Tito Chavit, & everyone who assisted me in NAIA. It really took this many people lol ?? Whatever it is, I’m just happy that I made it to the ball in one piece & enjoyed the rest of the night with good company. ?? I cannot tell you enough how happy I was to be there! Hahaha #ABSCBNBall2018 #TatakStarMagic
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Photographs courtesy of Star Magic, Magic Liwanag, Adrienne Concepcion, Pong Niu, and Renz Pangilinan