Vice Ganda didn’t let pass a comment that criticized him for wearing a designer gown at the ABS-CBN Ball, a charity event that benefits the Kapamilya network’s children’s welfare organization, Bantay Bata 163.
On Instagram on Sunday, the film superstar shared a photo of him in a dazzling silver outfit, captioned: “My unkabogable couture gown for the Bantay Bata program of the ABS-CBN Ball 2018 made by the fantastic Furne One.”
The comedian wore a different gown, by Michael Cinco, on the red carpet.
One of the comments on Vice Ganda’s Instagram post brought up the expenses of the ball and of its guests, in light of the event’s charitable efforts.
The follower wrote: “Kung na-donate na lang sana mga pinagpagawa ng mga gown, ‘yung ginastos sa Makati Shang, sana mas madami fund napunta sa Bantay Bata. Just saying. No hate.”
Vice Ganda replied: “At kung tumulong ka rin sana kesa magbunganga at mang nega baka nakadagdag ka sa mga nalikom na pera. Just saying. No hate.”
With the tagline “Share the Love,” ABS-CBN Ball was organized to raise funds and bring attention to the programs of Bantay Bata 163, specifically the re-launch of its Children’s Village in Norzagaray, Bulacan.
On the red carpet — watched and seen by millions through television and social media — stars had blue ribbons pinned on their outfits. The color is the international symbol for the fight against child abuse, according to Bantay Bata 163 program director Jing Castañeda.
Aside from the fund-raising efforts of the ABS-CBN Ball, Castañeda has said Bantay Bata 163 would also benefit from the buzz surrounding the annual event, which is regarded as the biggest gathering of stars in local showbiz.
“The mere fact that we are the beneficiary, it’s a huge help in generating awareness for our advocacy, which is prevention of child abuse,” she said.
Established in 1997, Bantay Bata 163 works to protect and ensure the welfare of children, also through medical and educational assistance. Since its inception, the organization has helped more than a million Filipino children.