For Kathryn Bernardo, she owes it to ABS-CBN and the KathNiel fans that she and Daniel Padilla are still highly regarded despite an absence of four years from television.
“So many things happened but then here we are, still creating and trying to bring smiles sa mga faces ng mga tao (to the faces of the people), especially sa mga (to the) Filipinos kahit diyan sa abroad (including those who are abroad),” Bernardo said during the online press conference for their new series “2 Good 2 Be True,” last Friday, May 6.
Bernardo is grateful for the network for trusting their tandem again, and for producing a show for KathNiel even in the face of many challenges, such as being denied a franchise by the government in 2020.
“Siguro nagpapasalamat lang kami unang-una sa kumpanya sa lahat ng pinagdaanan nila. Sumusugal pa rin sila sa amin. Alam naman namin na hindi biro na mag-produce ngayon given the situation. Parang double the expenses kasi ang daming tasks, ang daming rules to follow, the safety protocols, but here we are. They made it possible,” she said.
(Perhaps we need to express our thanks first and foremost to the company, [despite] everything they went through. They still take risks for us. We know that it is not a joke to produce during these times given the situation. It is like the expenses are doubled because there are so many tasks, so many rules to follow such as the safety protocols. But here we are. [ABS-CBN] made it possible.)
More importantly, Bernardo spoke about her gratitude to KathNiel fans who did not give up on her and Padilla.
“We wanna thank the fans for standing by our side. Kahit ang daming nangyari ay nandiyan sila (Even though many things happened, they are all still there). They patiently waited para mabigyan sila ng ganitong proyekto (so they would be presented this project),” Bernardo said.
“Hindi lang sila sa amin tumindig. Tumindig din sila sa kumpanya lalo na noong pinakakailangan sila,” she stressed. (The fans stood up not just for me and Padilla, but also for ABS-CBN, especially when they were most needed.)
“2 Good 2 Be True,” produced by RGE Unit, also stars Gloria Diaz, Irma Adlawan, Gelli de Belen, Romnick Sarmenta, Cris Villanueva and Smokey Manaloto. Also joining the cast are Matt Evans, Jenny Miller, Yves Flores, Gillian Vicencio, Bianca de Vera, Pamu Pamorada, Hyubs Azarcon, Via Antonio and Alyssa Muhlach.
The series will premiere first on May 13, or 72 hours before its premiere on Netflix, and on May 14 or 48 hours before its broadcast premiere on the iWantTFC app (iOs and Android) and iwanttfc.com. Its broadcast TV premiere will be on May 16 via Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, Jeepney TV, Cinemo, TFC IPTV and TV5. JB