MANILA — There is no doubt Kathryn Bernardo is a superstar of her generation.
That status was cemented Tuesday with the announcement of the record-breaking gross of “Hello, Love, Goodbye,” her latest film with long-time collaborator Cathy Garcia-Molina.
The OFW drama has totaled P880,603,490 in worldwide earnings as of September 3, making it the highest grossing Philippine film of all time, according to producer Star Cinema.
It surpassed the record set by “The Hows of Us” — also a Star Cinema production starring Bernardo and directed by Garcia-Molina — which grossed over P800 million at the conclusion of its international run in 2018.
With the box-office milestone of “Hello, Love, Goodbye,” Bernardo and Garcia-Molina now hold the distinction of being the only Filipino actress and director with two films earning more than P800 million each.
Bernardo was in tears Tuesday, as she took her turn to give a speech during the thanksgiving party celebrating the success of “Hello, Love, Goodbye.”
The 23-year-old actress, whose acting career spans 16 years, admitted she had been apprehensive about taking on the project, noting it would be her first romance film without Padilla, her boyfriend of seven years and perennial leading man.
“Tinanong ko ‘yung sarili ko, ‘Ready na ba? Kaya ko na ba ‘to mag-isa, na wala si DJ (Padilla)?’” she said, recalling her hesitation to accept the role. “Ngayon, na-realize ko na kung hindi ko tinanggap ‘tong project na ‘to, iyon ‘yung biggest regret of my life.”
“Hello, Love, Goodbye” saw the first team-up of Bernardo and Alden Richards — a noteworthy pairing given their backgrounds. Aside from being homegrown talents of rival networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7, Bernardo and Richards are identified with two of the biggest love teams in local showbiz, KathNiel and AlDub.
Against their expectations, the untested tandem got overwhelmingly positive response, not only going by the movie’s box-office performance, but the goodwill built among their loyal fans, old and new.
“Hindi ko alam, grabe,” an ecstatic Bernardo said, when asked for her reaction to beating her own record. “Dito ko napatunayan na kapag minahal mo ‘yung project o ginagawa mo, babalik sa ‘yo. Kung ano ‘yung tinanim mo, aanihin mo talaga. Siguro, nag-reflect lang kung paano ‘yung pagmamahal na binigay namin sa bawat pelikula. I’m really thankful. [It’s] surreal. Hindi ko alam kung paano nangyayari ‘to ngayon.”