Kathryn Bernardo admits religion is one of the reasons why she cannot have a relationship yet with onscreen partner and special friend Daniel Padilla. Kathryn is an Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) member while Daniel is Catholic.
“Minsan kino-convince ko siya na magpa-Doktrina siya. Pero for me, yung sa religion, kung gusto ng tao, madali iyon magawan ng paraan. Like si Mama ko, Iglesia siya, yung Papa ko Catholic pero nagpaconvert siya because of Mama,” Kathryn said during the press conference for her 18th birthday celebration on March 29 (her real birthday is March 26).
As INC member, Kathryn shared that she cannot have a relationship with someone who is not a member of her church.
Kathryn added, “Si DJ (Daniel), alam ko naman may takot siya sa Taas. Importante sa akin na naniniwala (sa Diyos).”
The Kapamilya actress admits they sometimes get to talk about their religion, but she doesn’t pressure Daniel into converting into the same faith.
“Sinasabi ko iyon sa kanya pero ayaw ko naman pilitin kasi yung mga tao may kanya-kanyang perception sa religion. Ako rin naman, importante si God, bahala ka kung ano ang paniniwalaan mo.”
Kathryn revealed that a guy who converts to INC for her sake has an edge over other suitors.
“Religion malaking factor siya sa ating lahat. For me, kung mahal mo ang tao, tatanggapin mo kung ano yung tao na iyon like kung ako, kung ganoon ako, kailangang tanggapin ako ng tao.”
Kathryn added that conversion to her religion is a long process and that she once invited Daniel to attend their worship service.
“Kasi ilang buwan na doktrina, tapos ilang months na kailangan mong sumamba.”
Is she willing to sacrifice love for religion?
“Unahin muna natin si God ngayon bago ang lahat. Ang hirap ng tanong na iyan, basta ayaw kong magsalita ng tapos,” she said.
18 roses, 18 candles
The former Goin’ Bulilit star will hold her grand debut on March 29 at The Blue Leaf Filipinas. She will wear gowns by Francis Libiran and Vania Romoff and will be escorted by Daniel.
Among those who will be part of 18 Roses are Enrique Gil, Khalil Ramos, Dominic Ochoa, Joshua Dionisio, Steven Fermo, John Manalo and Neil Coleta. The 18 Candles participants are her friends and mentors, including Julia Montes, Miles Ocampo, Manilyn Reynes, Gretchen Barretto and Kris Aquino.
“More on sa mga nakasama ko sa Goin Bulilit, sa Got to Believe. So, sila talaga yung mga nagging parte ng buhay ko,” Kathryn said.
Kathryn’s birthday celebration will be aired on April 6 in ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best.