Kathryn shared that the project has allowed her to discover a deep appreciation for healthcare workers
Kathryn Bernardo has shown appreciation to important people in her life as she received her award at the Seoul International Drama Awards.
Kathryn dedicated her win to the cast and crew of her teleserye, “2 Good 2 Be True,” for making the TV show possible, and to their fans for the support during her acceptance speech for her Outstanding Asian Star trophy at Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA) 2023.
During the awarding ceremony held Thursday, September 21, 2023, in Seoul, South Korea, Kathryn shared how she initially felt upon hearing about her nomination.
“When I initially found out about this nomination and recognition for my craft by such an esteemed award-giving body, that in itself was already a win for me. By being here tonight, a person to receive this award, along with my fellow awardees from Asia, I feel overwhelmed and it still feels surreal,” she said in her speech.
She also acknowledged that the feat was not just hers but also that of the people who made their project a success.
“Please allow me to thank our brilliant directors behind ‘2 Good 2 Be True’, Direk Mae Cruz-Alviar and Direk Paco Sta. Maria, to our writers headed by Ninang Mel [del Rosario], and to our brilliant co-actors Mr. Daniel Padilla and Mr. Ronaldo Valdez, and to the whole team behind ‘2 Good 2 Be True.’
“I’d like to share this award with all of you,” she said.
Kathryn continued, “And to my fans from the Philippines, this is for you, you guys are a gem and we appreciate each and every one of you.”
Appreciating healthcare workers
Kathryn recounted that “2 Good 2 Be True” became the ideal platform to highlight the struggles of people with Alzheimer’s disease and the hard work of healthcare workers.
“It’s always been more than just sharing about a love story to our audience, but also spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and educating people about those who struggle with it, and how we can offer them the best support they need,” the actress said.
“This project made me appreciate our nurses and our healthcare workers so it was really more than just another TV show for me,” she added.
“2 Good 2 Be True” was lauded for including scenes like proper Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and FAST method and has helped viewers navigate health emergencies. FAST (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time) has been used by the National Stroke Association, American Heart Association, and others to educate the public on detecting stroke symptoms.
Hoping that the award would provide more avenues for Filipino talents to take on the international stage, she said, “‘2 Good To Be True’ is the first-ever team-up of ABS-CBN and Netflix, and I hope we continue to produce world-class projects, not just for Filipinos but for the whole world to see.”
She concluded her speech by saying, “I am so proud and humbled to be on this stage representing Filipino talent and being a Filipino. This means so much to me. Thank you so much and from the bottom of my heart, maraming-maraming salamat po.”
In 2022, Kathryn’s fellow Star Magic artist Belle Mariano personally received her award as Outstanding Asian Star from the SDA as one of the five honorees in the region.
Founded in 2006, the SDA is said to be the only international drama festival in South Korea that puts the spotlight on drama trends across the globe.
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