Kathryn Bernardo: I’m still in the journey of being my best self

Charmie Joy Pagulong - The Philippine Star
Kathryn Bernardo: I�m still in the journey of being my best self
The Century Tuna Superbods 2024 ‘Best You Ever’ Top 36 finalists.

MANILA, Philippines — Kathryn Bernardo looked sizzling hot in a red ensemble as she made her debut walk as Century Tuna Superbods’ newest ambassador at the official launch of its “Best You Ever” campaign, held recently at Whitespace Manila, Makati City.

She flaunted her toned physique at the event together with the 36 Century Tuna Superbods finalists this year.

The STAR and another media outlet asked Kathryn in an interview about her fitness journey and her advice for those aspiring to get a healthier lifestyle.

Kathryn, who started working out at 16, shared that she takes pleasure in doing physical exercises and considered it as her “me time.”

“I really enjoy working out so maybe throughout the years, it just evolved kung ano yung workout na gagawin ko. I’ve tried different workouts, and for this in particular, they hired a coach for me, his name is Mauro Lumba. Actually, he was the winner for 2014 Superbods.”

The canned tuna brand also hired a nutritionist for Kathryn since she had limited time to prepare for the show. “And then naging open din ako with, I think it’s called functional training. So usually I do tennis for cardio, then I do pilates for the abs and with this, Mauro introduced me to functional training and a little bit of lifting just to gain some muscles, especially for my lower body,” she revealed.

(From left) Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and chief operating officer Greg Banzon; senior product manager Mardi Dator; Kathryn; vice president and general manager for branded tuna division Carlo Endaya; and marketing manager of Century Tuna and Vita Coco Bea Ballesca-Martinez.

“And I really enjoy this. So like the lesson in all of these, is just to be open with any workout and then whatever works for you, you continue doing it.  So as for me, I really enjoy doing it so nagtuloy-tuloy ako kay Mau even though our shoot has already ended.”

She added that her next goal is to be more fit for the Superbods finals night happening on July 9. “So, I have more time to prepare for that because I’m still in the journey of being my best self so we’ll get there. It takes some time.”

Kathryn Bernardo shows her fit and fab form as she leads the Century Tuna Superbods 2024 ‘Best You Ever’ launch.

The Kapamilya actress maintained that she felt empowered to be part of the the “Best You Ever” campaign, an advocacy that promotes self-love and self-improvement. It celebrates the journeys, personal growth, and overall wellness of every Filipino as they become the best versions of themselves.

“Like what I said in my (Instagram) post, it has always been my dream to be part of this family. No joke. That’s why when they reached out to my team in January, this year, I got really, really, excited. And tonight I’m just really, really thankful. Thank you very much to our bosses, to my Century Tuna family for making this dream come true,” she said.

“And of course, I admire the brand because of their commitment in promoting healthy habits such as having a healthy lifestyle and having the right diet. So ever since talaga, when I see their campaigns, it’s just so inspiring. And now it feels so surreal that I’m now part of that campaign.”

For Kathryn, “finding the best version of yourself comes with transformation.”

She explained, “So every day, we try to be better. We try to be our best. And I think that is just aligned with what Century Tuna represents, you know, to be brave enough to challenge yourselves and to chase for our goals, including our body goals.”

So when the endorsement was offered to her, despite the limited time to prepare, she accepted it right away.

“I knew that I was committed. I gave my 100 percent even though I only had limited time to prepare. And I’m just glad that they are very supportive of me and (they) gave me that extra motivation that I needed, especially with the limited time. I’m like, ‘No, I have to make this proud and I want to inspire more women, especially once they see this campaign.’ So that became my motivation.”

Alden Richards, Bea Alonzo, Pia Wurtzbach, and many others, are among the previous brand endorsers.

Superbods Inka Magnaye and Jeff Ong received the Media Choice Awards at the VIP Night.

The finalists are Aaron Davis, Angel Mallari, Brooke Barredo, Carlo Adorador, Chrystel Mae Correos, Clare Dacanay, Derick Hibaler, Enzo Bonoan, Hazel Ortiz, Imelda Schweighart, Jasmin Ariola, Jerico Ejercito and Jessica Marasigan.

Other finalists are Jether Palomo John Jenric Saldivar, John Paulo Dela Cruz, Jose Vicente Sobrevilla, Joshua David Spider Webb, Julia Sucgang-Bonoan, Justine Felizarta, Keylyn Trajano, Kris Guevarra, Lea Macapagal, Mariah Nicole Valdez and Mia Ayesa.

Completing the list are Michael Ver Comaling, Monique de los Santos, Morena Carlos, Naelah Alshorbaji, Naia Ching, Nikko Nackaerts, Patrick Patawaran, Teodora Marie Reiss and Tony de Oteyza.

The finalists will join a series of digital and onsite challenges that will be uploaded on Century Tuna Superbods’ Facebook page leading up to the finals night. The Superbods 2024 Male and Female Grand Winners will each receive P500,000, tax-free, while the runners-up will receive P200,000, tax-free.

“We are on our ninth season and this year, we have a solid set of Superbods who, together with Kathryn, we believe will epitomize what it is to be a Superbod and what we stand for in Century Tuna. Our common factor in choosing this year’s Superbods is those who we believe will uplift and inspire others in their fitness journeys,” noted Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and general manager for Branded Tuna Business Carlo Endaya.

Meanwhile, Kathryn was “super grateful” for her Best Actress nomination at the 72nd Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and the 47th Gawad Urian awards for her performance in the dark comedy “A Very Good Girl.”

“Actually, when I saw the nomination, it didn’t sink in to me until the PR director messaged me, our producer and then dun lang siya slowly nag-sink in sa akin,” recalled Kathryn.

“And oh my god, I think that’s the first for me. So I’m not expecting anything. Actually, I didn’t expect the nomination so I’m just really grateful. And win or lose, the other nominees also deserved it.”

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