Kathryn Bernardo

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Kathryn Bernardo
Kathryn Bernardo at the Candy Style Awards, May 2013.jpg
Bernardo at the Candy Style Awards, May 2013
Born Kathryn Chandria Manuel Bernardo
(1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 18)
Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Actress, Model,[1] Recording Artist,[2]
Years active 2003–present
Agent Star Magic (2003–present)
Known for Mara Clara (2010 TV series)
Princess and I
Got to Believe
Religion Iglesia ni Cristo[3]

Kathryn Chandria Manuel Bernardo, known as Kathryn Bernardo (born 26 March 1996 in Cabanatuan City, Philippines), is a Filipina actress.[4] She is best known for her role as Mara in the primetime Filipino drama Mara Clara.[5] Bernardo has been a contract artist of Star Magic and ABS-CBN since 2010 [6] and most recently starred as Ana Bartolome in the 2011 drama film Way Back Home.[6] She also played the main protagonist Mikay in the primetime series Princess and I. Known as the reigning "Teen Queen" of the Philippines due to her numerous successes and prominent beauty, FHM UK placed her on The Top 10 Hottest Nations In The World list, representing the country at fifth place alongside French-Filipina actress Solenn Heussaff in July 2014.[7]

Entertainment career[edit]


Bernardo began acting in 2003, appearing as the young Cielo on ABS-CBN's It Might Be You. She then continued to play different roles in other ABS-CBN shows such as Krystala, Super Inggo and Vietnam Rose before landing a permanent spot on the hit kiddie show Goin' Bulilit.

2010–11: Mara Clara / Growing Up[edit]

In 2010, Bernardo received dramatic roles, the first being Victoria on ABS-CBN's Magkaribal and Jenny on GMA's Endless Love. Coincidentally, both premiered on 28 June 2010.[8]

Bernardo's breakthrough role was her as Mara Davis/Mara Del Valle in the remake of 1992 television drama Mara Clara with her co-star and off-screen best friend Julia Montes. Since its premiere, the TV series remained a consistent leader in primetime ratings. Affirming its success, the show was nominated in the 2011 Banff World Media Festival's "Telenovelas & Soap Operas" category and marked Bernardo's future as a distinguished actress.[9]

After the primetime teleserye ended Bernardo soon began appearing in the Sunday afternoon teen show Growing Up. Re-partnering with Julia Montes, the show starred other up and coming ABS-CBN teen stars such as Kiray Celis, Diego Loyzaga and Daniel Padilla. On the show, Bernardo played the role of 15-year old Ella who lives with her single mother.[10] The show premiered strongly, ranking at number 2 overall on the afternoon block of primetime television.[11]

2012–13: Princess and I and Got to Believe[edit]

The actress starred in Princess and I, a romance/drama royalty-themed television series, following the success of Growing Up. With a cast flanked by Daniel Padilla as Gino Dela Rosa, Enrique Gil as Prince Jao and Bernardo as Mikay/Princess Areeyah, the teleserye is touted as one of the grandest, being the first Philippine show to be shot in Bhutan.[12] Aside from Padilla and Gil as Bernardo's leading men on the show, Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 former contestant Khalil Ramos played Mikay's unrequited lover and best friend Kiko. Other veteran actors like Gretchen Barretto and Albert Martinez joined the star-studded cast.[13]

The show garnered unprecedented ratings and appraisal as the number one primetime show in September 2012, opening many more doors for Bernardo's shining career. August 2013 saw she and Daniel Padilla announcing another television series: Got to Believe in which Bernardo plays Chichay Tampipi, a teenage girl who reunites with her childhood friend Joaquin Manansala (Padilla) after many years; Chichay falls for the rich boy despite their economic differences and family pasts, encountering difficult obstacles that put their love to the test. Got to Believe was also a primetime television hit, gathering 38.6% percent in ratings during the broadcast of the show's final episode and placing at #2 on Kantar Media's nationwide TV ranking list.[14]

Film career[edit]

Bernardo's film career started in 2004 with the movie Gagamboy. However, it was only in 2011 when she, together with her Mara Clara co-star Julia Montes, received a lead role in the movie Way Back Home.[15] The film opened at first place with an estimated PHP 18 million (US $428,571) in its first week that then surpassed other foreign film showings at the time, such as The Smurfs and Conan the Barbarian according to Box Office Mojo.[16]

In that same year, Bernardo was included in Regal Film's Metro Manila Film Festival entry Shake, Rattle & Roll 13. Bernardo took on the horror genre by snagging one of the lead roles of the film's second story called Parola.[17] Her performance received positive reviews. In a review for ClickTheCity.com, Philbert Dy praised Bernardo's acting: "A fantastic performance from Kathryn Bernardo ties it all together. It might just be one of the best things that has ever come out of Shake Rattle and Roll."[18] Together with Padilla, they both starred in a Filipino romantic-comedy movie entitled 24/7 in love that was released on 21 November 2012.

She then starred alongside comedian Vice Ganda together with Daniel Padilla in the 2012 MMFF entry, Sisterakas;[19] in the 1st quarter of 2013, Bernardo, with co-star Daniel Padilla, released her first solo project film from Star Cinema entitled Must Be... Love that was broadcast on 13 March.[20][21]

In December 2013, Bernardo and Padilla starred in the film (an entry for 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival) Pagpag (produced by Skylight Films and Regal Films) which was broadcast on Christmas Day.[22][23]

They once again headlined a movie adaptation of Bianca Bernardino's best-selling novel named She's Dating the Gangster as part of Star Cinema's 20th anniversary in July 2014. The movie was produced by Star Cinema, co-produced by Summit Media and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. This is the 5th movie in which Bernardo and Padilla are paired on the big screen after the success of their romantic comedy television series Got to Believe (which was also directed by Garcia-Molina). According to Star Cinema Advertising Manager Mico del Rosario the film was a financial success, gathering PHP 15 million (US $340,000) on its first day of showing. On its 4th week (3 August 2014), the movie reportedly grossed PHP 230 million (US $5,476,190).[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Kathryn is the daughter of Luzviminda "Min" Bernardo and and Teodore "Teddy" Bernardo. She went to Angelicum in her early years in school and decided to be home-schooled due to her acting career. She recently applied in Enderun Colleges and is currently a Marketing-major student there.[26]

She has been continuously involved with her on-screen love partner and actor/musician Daniel Padilla. Although she claimed their exclusive relationship is not yet official, Bernardo expresses that she is constantly grateful for whatever she has with Padilla, naming it special; Daniel also stated that "Kathryn is the only woman in his life", admitting they have a strong mutual understanding for one another.[27][28]



Year Title Role Network
2014 Be Careful With My Heart young Felicidad ABS-CBN
2013-2014 Got to Believe Cristina Carlota "Chichay" Tampipi
2012-2013 Princess and I Maria Mikaela "Mikay" Maghirang / Princess Areeyah Wangchuk
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ensaymada Dang
2011-2012 Growing Up Mikaella "Ella" Dimalanta
2011-present ASAP Main Host / Performer
2011 Wansapanataym : Apir Disapir Althea Fernandez
2010-2011 Mara Clara Mara David / Mara del Valle
2010 Magkaribal Young Anna Abella
Show Me Da Manny Young Version of Ella's Mother GMA Network
Endless Love Young Jenny
Shoutout! Herself ABS-CBN
2009-2010 Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa Maya
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Blusa Young Nympha
Your Song Presents: You know it's Christmas Stephanie
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bracelet Zorayda
2007-2008 Prinsesa ng Banyera Young Mayumi
2007 Pangarap na Bituin Young Chorva
2006-2007 Super Inggo Maya
2006 Komiks Presents: Bandanang Itim Juliana
Komiks Presents: Agua Bendita Young Agua / Bendita
Gulong ng Palad Young Mimi
2005-2008 Goin' Bulilit Herself (Fifth Batch Graduate)
2005 Vietnam Rose Young Carina
2004 Krystala Bulinggit
2003 It Might Be You Young Cielo San Carlos


Year Title Role Studio
2014 She's Dating the Gangster Athena Dizon / Kelay Dizon Star Cinema & Summit Media
2013 Pagpag Leni dela Torre Star Cinema, Regal Films, Skylight Films
Must Be... Love Patricia "Patchot" Espinosa Star Cinema
2012 Sisterakas Katherine "Kathy" Maningas Star Cinema and Viva Films
24/7 in Love Jane dela Cuesta Star Cinema
2011 Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 Lucy Regal Films
Way Back Home Anna Bartolome / Joanna Liesl S. Santiago Star Cinema
2008 Supahpapalicious Special Guest
2006 Tatlong Baraha[29] Child Viva Films
2005 Nasaan Ka Man Young Pilar Star Cinema
2004 Gagamboy Tsoknat Regal Films


Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2013 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Female Star of the Year[30] Won
Most Promising Love Team (with Daniel Padilla) Won
2014 Princess of Philippine Movies[31] Won


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