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.

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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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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Cinema’s “She’s Dating the Gangster”

MOVIE REVIEW: Star Cinema’s “She’s Dating the Gangster”

Do not expect She’s Dating the Gangster to be all light and fluffy. It has its share of dramatic highlights and it is bittersweet if I may say so.


I am not even a Kathniel fan to begin with but the two carry the film so effortlessly in terms of chemistry, in inducing kilig, and in tackling the emotional and serious points in the movie.

Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta only share limited screen time but their chemistry is magic and the scene they share together is really just heart-tugging. It got me teary-eyed. Probably because there is a reunion I am longing to happen in my life that’s not bound to happen in the not-so-distant future. *sobs

This movie has a solid story to tell, is a well-acted piece, and has the kilig that only director Cathy Garcia-Molina can execute and make the audience wallow in.

Memorable and capable of making me smile, curse, and hold back tears, She’s Dating the Gangster is a satisfying 9/10 in my book.

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