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Kathryn Bernardo
Kathryn Bernardo at the Candy Style Awards, May 2013.jpg
Bernardo at the Candy Style Awards,
Rockwell Tent in Makati, May 10, 2013
Born Kathryn Chandria Bernardo
(1996-03-26) March 26, 1996 (age 19)
Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Actress, Singer, Endorser, Model,[1] Recording Artist [2]
Years active 2003 (2003)–present
Agent Star Magic 2003 (2003)–present
Star Music 2014 (2014)–present [3]
ASAP Artists 2012 (2012)–present[4]
Known for Mara Clara, Growing Up, Princess and I, Got to Believe, Pangako Sa 'yo
Religion Iglesia ni Cristo [5]

Kathryn Chandria Manuel Bernardo (born March 26, 1996 in Cabanatuan City, Philippines), known as Kathryn Bernardo, is a Filipina actress.[6] She is best known for her role as Mara in the primetime Filipino drama Mara Clara.[7] Bernardo has been a contract artist of Star Magic and ABS-CBN since 2010[8] and most recently starred as Ana Bartolome in the 2011 drama film Way Back Home.[8] She also played the main protagonist Mikay in the primetime series Princess and I. Known as the "Teen Queen" of Philippine showbiz, 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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Kathryn Chandria Manuel Bernardo was born on March 26, 1996 in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. She is the youngest of four children and the daughter of Teodore C. Bernardo and Luzviminda M. Bernardo. Bernardo studied at OB Montessori Center Inc. before her acting debut in 2003. She was home schooled, and currently attends Enderun Colleges, Taguig, where she studies marketing.[10][11][12]


Acting 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.


In 2010, Bernardo received dramatic roles, the first being young Victoria on ABS-CBN's Magkaribal and young Jenny on GMA's Endless Love. Coincidentally, both premiered on June 28, 2010.[13]

Bernardo's breakthrough role was her as Mara David/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.[14]

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.[15] The show premiered strongly, ranking at number 2 overall on the afternoon block of primetime television.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] Her performance received positive reviews. In a review for, 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."[20]


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.[21] 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.[22]

The show garnered unprecedented ratings and appraisal as the number one primetime show in September 2012, opening more doors for Bernardo's shining career. In August 2013, 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.[23]

Together with Padilla, they both starred in a Filipino romantic-comedy movie entitled 24/7 in love that was released on November 21, 2012. She then starred alongside comedian Vice Ganda together with Daniel Padilla in the 2012 MMFF entry, Sisterakas;[24] 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 March 13.[25][26]

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.[27][28]


Bernardo and Padilla 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 Kathryn 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 (August 3, 2014), the movie reportedly grossed PHP 230 million (US $5,476,190).[29][30]

Music career[edit]

Bernardo has been involved in numerous singing ventures, such as her guest appearances for Daniel Padilla’s concert "DOS" and her participation in the soundtrack albums of her primetime television shows.

Bernardo recorded her first solo material "Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon" as part of the soundtrack for Princess and I in 2012 and was originally sung by Lea Salonga. In 2013, she recorded a cover of David Pomeranz's "Got to Believe in Magic" with Padilla for their primetime television Got 2 Believe.

In 2014, she began to venture into music by recording various original songs and releasing her first studio album titled Kathryn. A duet with Padilla titled was used as the theme song for ABS-CBN's Summer Station. Bernardo also released her first solo original song titled "Ikaw Na Nga Yata", which was used in the local airing of the Korean series Pretty Man.[31][32] On November 6, she released the lead single to her debut album titled "You Don't Know Me" which was written by Marion Aunor and is about a blooming relationship that fails to take off because of the lack of effort of one of those involved to genuinely get to know the other.[33] The album was released on November 30 under Star Music, consisting of eleven songs in total.[34][35]

Bernardo cites American pop stars Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande as her musical inspirations; she further said she considers local pop sensation Sarah Geronimo and singer Yeng Constantino her idols.



Year Album Title Artist Details Certification Ref.
2014 Kathryn Herself
  • Release date: November 26, 2014
  • Producer: Jonathan Manalo
  • Recording Label: Star Music
Platinum [36][37][38]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Details Ref.
2014 PinaSmile with Daniel Padilla [39]
You Don’t Know Me Herself December 24, 2014 [34]
Mr. Dj March 8, 2015

MV appearances[edit]


Year Track Artist Details Ref.
2012 Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon Herself
2013 Pagdating ng Panahon [44]
Got to Believe in Magic with Daniel Padilla
2014 Ikaw Na Nga Yata Herself [32]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2003 It Might Be You Young Cielo San Carlos ABS-CBN [45]
2004 Krystala Bulinggit [46]
2005 Vietnam Rose Young Carina Mojica dela Cerna [45]
2005-2008 Goin' Bulilit Herself
2006 Gulong ng Palad Mimi Sandoval
Komiks Presents: Agua Bendita Agua Cristi / Bendita Cristi [47]
Komiks Presents: Bandanang Itim Juliana
Super Inggo Maya Guevarra [48]
2007 Pangarap na Bituin Chorva Ayala Gomez
Prinsesa ng Banyera Mayumi Burgos
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bracelet Zorayda
2009 Your Song Presents: You Know It's Christmas Stephanie
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Blusa Nympha
Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa Maya Guevarra
2010 Endless Love Young Jenny Dizon / Jenny Cruz GMA
Magkaribal Victoria Valera / Anna Abella ABS-CBN [45]
Mara Clara Mara David / Mara del Valle [45]
2011 Wansapanataym: Apir Disapir Jenny Season 2, Episode 42
Growing Up Mikaella "Ella" Dimalanta / Cassandra
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Ensaymada Dang Season 20, Episode 5 [49]
Princess and I Maria Mikaela "Mikay" Maghirang-Dela Rosa /
Princess Areeyah Wangchuk-Rinpoche
2013 Got to Believe Cristina Carlotta "Chichay" Tampipi - Manansala [45][51]
2014 Be Careful With My Heart Young Felicidad [52]
Wansapanataym: Puppy ko si Papi Iris Season 5, Episode 225 [53]
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Parol Daisy Ravelo Season 21, Episode 204 [54]
Pangako Sa ’Yo Ynamorata "Yna" Macaspac [55][56]


Year Title Role Studio Notes Ref.
2004 Gagamboy Tsoknat MAQ Productions
& Regal Entertainment
2005 Nasaan Ka Man Pilar Star Cinema
2006 Tatlong Baraha Inah Valiente Violett Films [57][58]
2008 Supahpapalicious Special Guest Star Cinema [59]
2011 Way Back Home Joanna Santiago / Ana Bartolome
Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 Lucy Regal Entertainment, Inc.
& Regal Multimedia, Inc.
Part 2: Parola
2012 24/7 in Love Jane Dela Cuesta Star Cinema
Sisterakas Katherine "Kathy" Maningas Star Cinema & Viva Films
2013 Must Be... Love Patricia "Patchot" Espinosa Star Cinema [60]
Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay Leni dela Torre Star Cinema & Regal Films [61]
2014 She's Dating the Gangster Athena Dizon / Kelay Dizon Star Cinema & Summit Media [62]
2015 Crazy Beautiful You Jacqueline "Jackie" Serrano Star Cinema [63]



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  2. ^ "‘Princess and I’ Stars Release "Love Songs from Princess and I" Album". June 16, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Kathryn Bernardo Official Star Music Artist Profile.
  4. ^ Kathryn Bernardo Official ASAP Artist Profile.
  5. ^ "Being an Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) member, Kathryn Bernardo shared that she can only commit to a relationship if the person is also a member of her church.". March 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Featured Actress : Kathryn Bernardo". GEOtayo Philippines. Geotayo Philippines. 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
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  43. ^ DANIEL PADILLA - Simpleng Tulad Mo (Official MV). ABS-CBN Star Music. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  44. ^ Got to Believe Official Sountrack Album on iTunes.
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  47. ^ List of Komiks episodes
  48. ^ Where on earth is Super Inggo's Maya? ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  49. ^ List of Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes#Season 20
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  53. ^ List of Wansapanataym episodes
  54. ^ Kathryn Bernardo I MMK 3 January 2015 Teaser. ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  55. ^ Pangako Sa'yo 2015 Remake Teaser. ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
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  63. ^ Crazy Beautiful You Official Page on Star Cinema.

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