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Star Cinema’s ‘The Hows of Us’ expresses gratitude for winning the Camera Obscura award

  • ‘The Hows of Us’ won the Camera Obscura award
  • KathNiel, together with the team, expressed their gratitude to everyone who supported the film
  • Star Cinema’s blockbuster film hit Php915-million in worldwide patronage

The 2018 Philippine romantic drama film ‘The Hows of Us,’ directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, won the Camera Obscura award of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) last February 10.

The film marked Garcia-Molina’s second collaboration with Bernardo and Padilla after the 2014 film “She’s Dating the Gangster.”

The film is the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time, grossing more than ₱601 million domestically in 20 days, beating Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad’s ₱571M box-office gross.

It is also the first Filipino film to breach the ₱600 million mark locally. The Hows of Us made $2.675 million (₱144 million), and counting, from overseas screenings. It also broke multiple records in the Philippines, including being the first locally produced movie to reach $11 million (₱600 million) in domestic box office earnings, which it achieved in 20 days. And just recently, the film breached the ₱915 million mark worldwide.

During the event, the crowd was questioning the absence of Daniel Padilla. The only ones present were Kathryn Bernardo, director Olive Lamasan (executive of Star Cinema) and Carmi Raymundo (scriptwriter). When asked about her partner’s absence, she replied. “Kasi po, out of town siya ngayon. Hindi kakayanin para makauwi na. So, ako muna ngayon…”

Kathryn Bernardo was very overwhelmed by the award that she expressed how nervous she was going to the event, stating that it is her first time attending such a prestigious awarding ceremony.

“Ahhm, actually kinakabahan po ako na pumunta dito, kasi, first time kong pupunta sa ganito. At para ma-recognize yung pelikula namin, napakalaking bagay po sa amin, kaya maraming-marami pong salamat.”

Kathryn in her acceptance speech showed how grateful she was and her team for the opportunity and she expressed that the award is for everyone who helped build the success of the film.

“Ahhm, hindi niyo po alam kung gaano kami kasaya lahat sa ibinigay ninyong karangalan para sa pelikula namin. Ito pong award na ito, ahhm, gusto po namin siyang i-share sa napakaraming tao na tumulong sa amin para mabuo ang The Hows of Us. Unang-una, wala po dito pero talagang nagpapasalamat po siya—si Mr. Daniel Padilla…”

READ: KathNiel’s “The Hows of Us” gross earnings now at par with Vice Ganda’s box-office standing

Some also expressed their sentiments regarding the achievement that KathNiel’s ‘The Hows Of Us’ met.

On a statement by Noel Ferrer he said, “Deserving naman ng recognition ang The Hows Of Us. No contest, ito talaga ang biggest moneymaker of all time ngayon sa local movies (hindi adjusted sa inflation).”

Netizens were also claiming as to why the FDCP needed to give the film a cash prize, knowing that they already gained so much from being a box office hit; stating that the FDCP should have given the money to movie producers who needs much of the financial assistance.

A statement from Gorgy Rula said, “Ang Guillermo Mendoza Foundation lang ang award-giving body na nagbibigay ng parangal sa naghi-hit na pelikula. Ngayon, pati ang FDCP, nagbibigay na rin. Ang weird din minsan isipin na pati ang naghi-hit na pelikula ay may award na. Nakikitang mangilan-ngilan lang talaga ang mga pelikula nating kumikita nang husto. Sana this year, marami na at simulan na sana ito ng Alone/Together nina Enrique Gil at Liza Soberano.”

Anyhow, the film’s story is of a young couple, Primo (Padilla) and George (Bernardo), who have to answer and fix the “hows” of their relationship. It got many netizens’ heart which help make it the highest-grossing movie to date.


Written by Rochelle Pamotongan

One who envisions a message and a connection with readers. She always feel that she can do better and that her best piece is yet to be written.

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