Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo sing for fans during the 'Got to Believe' fair held on Sunday. Photo by Michael Bagtas for ABS-CBNnews.com
2 parties for teen star's 18th birthday
MANILA - Kathryn Bernado feels she is not yet ready to be in a committed relationship, saying there is still much to enjoy about being single -- and being of legal age.
The "Got to Believe" star, who is turning 18 on March 26, admitted that she still finds it too early to have a boyfriend. This, amid rumors romantically linking her with onscreen partner Daniel Padilla.
"'Di ba sinasabi nila pag 18, puwede ka na mag-boyfriend? Pero for me, depende pa rin 'yun, e. Puwede kang maging open sa mga tao. Wala namang masama doon. Pero I think it's too early for me to be in a relationship at 18.
"Kasi ang dami mo pang gagawin sa 18, 'di ba? Hindi mo naman kailangan makipag-commit, 'di ba? Puwede mo namang i-enjoy ang company ng isa't-isa kahit wala kayong talagang labels," she told ABS-CBN News' Marie Lozano.
Bernardo, who has been paired with Padilla since 2011, was nonetheless thrilled to share the teen actor's part in her belated birthday celebration on March 29.
"Sabi nila, escort ko si DJ (Padilla's nickname). Pero kahit saan naman escort ko si DJ, so of course sa debut, parang gano'n naman si DJ. Siya 'yung mag-a-assist sa akin and mag-aalalay siguro sa akin," she said, laughing. "And part siya of course ng program!"
Asked if she is hoping to see Padilla in a special number on her debut, a laughing Bernardo said, "I want him to sing! Ewan ko kung papayag siya. Parang nagpaparinig ako!"
The party, according to Bernardo, will only have "18 Roses" and "18 Candles" as part of the program, citing them as the most important. She explained that she wants to do away with the lengthy ceremonies in a traditional debut, "para mag-enjoy 'yung mga guest, hindi sila masyado ma-bore."
Preps for the big day
Bernardo has been hands-on with the preparations for her big day, picking details of the invitation, the table setting, and the party's theme -- vintage, with black, white and pink as motif.
The teen star said she is particularly excited to try on her gowns, which will be made by in-demand fashion designer Francis Libiran.
"Two changes lang kasi ako sa debut ko. Ayoko kasi 'yung... 'Di ba sa mga debut, four changes 'yung debutante. So kami, two changes lang. We made sure na 'yung isang gown na susuotin ko na 'yon, talagang something na maaalala mo. So with Tito Francis Libiran, very maganda 'yung collaboration namin, so excited ako!"
Bernardo is also marking the special occasion with a separate party with her avid supporters, who have been planning the event for two years now.
"Actually sa March, meron akong dalawang debut. 'Yung first in-arrange iyon ng mga fans. Parang two years nila pinag-ipunan, two years nila in-imagine. Ibibigay ko 'yung day na iyon sa kanila. Sila talaga 'yung nag-ayos ng everything."
The entire celebration, along with a behind-the-scenes look at how it was mounted, will be shown as a Sunday-night special on ABS-CBN -- a kind of telecast usually reserved for the network's most popular stars.
Bernardo started to earn a massive following in 2011, when she portrayed one of the titular characters in the 2010 "Mara Clara" remake. This followed a three-year stint as a mainstay on the kiddie gag show "Goin' Bulilit," which served to transition her from a 5-year-old child actress in "It Might Be You" to a sought-after teen star.
Dubbed the "Teen Queen," Bernardo is now one of the most visible leading ladies on television, arguably with the most passionate of fans among her contemporaries.
With a career on full swing -- a fourth film with Padilla is now in the works -- Bernardo said she only wishes to continue being happy as she turns 18.
"Gusto ko maging happy lang talaga. Feeling ko 'yung lang 'yung wish ko for my 18th birthday -- happiness lalo. Yeah, gusto ko lang maging masaya," she said.
"[I can find happiness in] my family, sa work ko, sa friends ko. Feeling ko kasi pag masaya ang isang tao, everything will follow, pag good vibes ka parati. Mas masarap salubungin mo 'yung year mo na ganyan."
Asked if she expects any big changes personally as she turns a year older, Bernardo said, "Siguro kung may transition man, hindi 'yung drastic, slowly pa rin. Ayoko kasi magmadali, e... Let's see kung ano'ng mangyayari sa akin after 18."