KathNiel reaches New Heights in the Past Year

KathNiel reaches New Heights in the Past Year

  • Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla’s achieved milestones in 2018.
  • They have broken records via their movie The Hows of Us and had projects that made impact overseas. 

There were 125 films shown last year. And most of them were from film festivals like Sinag Maynila, Cine Filipino, Cinemalaya, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, TOFARM Film Festival, Cinema One Originals, QCinema, and the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival.

Despite a number of film festivals, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo‘s The Hows of Us topped the highest grossing film in 2018.

In fact, It was the only Filipino movie that has reached the eight hundred million mark in the Philippine box-office which beaten the previous holder of the top spot, John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo‘s A Second Chance.

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The movie also held premieres in Indonesia and Vietnam. It was Star Cinema‘s first time to do so in Jakarta.

KathNiel were not just rocking the box-office but the world of fashion as well. They were the cover of METRO Magazine‘s August 2018 issue.

They have been part of ABS-CBN’s line of representatives in the Thailand Network Trade Launch, which is the country’s largest media event. They attended the trade show with Maja Salvador and Jericho Rosales.

READ: BOX-OFFICE CHAMPS: How did KathNiel movies gross through the years?


The couple has also won the Favorite Foreign TV Actor and Actress award in the Face of the Year Awards in Vietnam.

La Luna Sangre was acquired by MKCS Global became the platform for the show to be aired in Myanmar. She’s Dating the Gangster was also acquired by a Spanish movie channel called Cinelatino.

Last but not the least, aside from the success of their careers, 2018 has also been the mark of the confirmation of Bernardo and Padilla’s real-life romance of more than five years.

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Cinemalaya replaces ‘Citizen Jake’ screening with ‘Beast Mode’

Cinemalaya replaces ‘Citizen Jake’ screening with ‘Beast Mode’

  • Citizen Jake got pulled out from the 2018 Cinemalaya Film Festival.
  • CCP artistic director and vice president Chris Millado told Rappler that the producers did not give any reason for the pullout.

The organizers of the 2018 Cinemalaya Film Festival announced the screening cancellation of Mike de Leon‘s movie ‘Citizen Jake’.

A statement was released in Cinemalaya‘s Facebook page without any explanation. It wrote that the movie is going to be replaced with a free screening of the documentary ‘Beast Mode’ about Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos‘s social experiment.

Manuel Mesina III’s Beastmode, A Social Experiment will be screened in place of Mike de Leon’s Citizen Jake, under the indie nation section. Those who already bought tickets may have them exchanged for another film. For further inquiries, please call the CCP box office at 8323704.

In an article on Rappler, it is said that the Citizen Jake‘s producers were the ones who pulled out the film and according to Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) artistic director and vice president Chris Millado stated that they did not give any reason for the pullout.

It can be remembered that the movie made news when de Leon expressed his disappointment toward Atom Araullo, the lead star of the film.

Araullo played the role of a journalist named Jake Herrera, who is an estranged son of a powerful senator.

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Abra and Loonie emerge Kings of Fliptop, debut on first Cinemalaya film

Abra and Loonie emerge Kings of Fliptop, debut on first Cinemalaya film

  • Cinemalaya 2017 starts today
  • Respeto lead Abra and Loonie encourages everyone to watch Cinemalaya 2017

Abra and Loonie are already household names when it comes to rapping. From an underground ‘thing’, the duo put stardom to the battle we currently know as Fliptop. On the other hand, the music video expert Tren Monteras II has another plan to elevate the Fliptop world into a much higher notch.

Respeto Cinemalaya


Respeto, a full-length film under Cinemalaya 2017, is definitely a must-watch–and rap superstars Abra and Loonie, who both earned career in the underground and mainstream scene, take their first lead role in the movie.

Respeto Cinemalaya

The film is a tribute to the underground ‘subculture’. It revolves around the story of an aspiring hip-hop rapper and a grumpy veteran. The two bumped into each other during a riot between the police and illegal settlers. Later on, both Abra and Loonie’s characters compelled to interact with each other’s atrocities–healing the wounds of the past and having new hopes in writing their creative verses.

Abra in horizon

Respeto Cinemalaya

With all the things that are happening in our country right now, Abra is hopeful that ‘Respeto’ will do justice to the community he belongs; that it will change the negative stigma it provokes. We can recall that the rapper’s humble beginning as a YouTube star, years after and success came pouring in, Abra is still grateful to the community who accepted him for whoever he is.

“Yung maganda sa film na ‘to, makikita mo na it doesn’t matter. Kaya mong maging malupit,” he said in an interview with Rogue Philippines.

Watch the full teaser here:

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