Eight months into dating Be Bench model search winner Carl Guevara, Kris Bernal got her most memorable dream date yet on her 24th birthday last May 17.
The StarStruck Season 4 winner was surprised by the Kapuso hunk with a three-day trip to Singapore, making Kris the happiest birthday girl.
A couple of days after her trip, Kris told the press on Monday, May 20, at her birthday charity in Boys Town, Marikina, how moved she was by her suitor’s gift.
“Siyempre nagulat ako. Naiyak pa nga ako, e,” the Coffee Prince star initially said.
“Kasi alam mo, ever since kasi, dream ko na parang makasama ko sa ibang lugar yung special na tao sa akin.
“Pero laging hindi natutuloy. Ngayon lang.
“Ngayon lang natuloy tapos siya pa gumawa nung paraan.”
According to Kris, Carl must have known all along what her dream date was. The young actress also relayed how the heartthrob made her feel like a princess.
“Nakakatuwa kasi siya nag-asikaso lahat…
“Hindi niya ako pinayagan maglabas ng sentimo,” she giddily added.
Kris and Carl roamed the city with Kris’s older brother. The three visited Singapore’s landmarks including the Orchard Road, where they stayed at; the Marina Bay; Clark Quay; and China Town.
The most memorable spot for Kris was at the Singapore Flyer where she and Carl waited for her birthday.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS. Carl’s sweet gesture does not change their “exclusively dating” status, said Kris.
“Wag muna. Masaya naman siya kung ano yung status namin ngayon, e.”
Kris has yet to acquiesce to an official boyfriend-girlfriend relationship because she believes that they are fine the way they are at the moment.
She pointed out, “Ayaw ko kasi ng pinagbabawalan ako or parang wala na akong freedom gawin yung mga gusto kong gawin.
“Tapos sabi niya, okay naman siya sa gano’ng set-up…
“Basta gusto niya lang masaya ako. Gusto niya lang na napapasaya niya ako.”
GOAL: PEAK OF CAREER. Asked about her birthday wish, Kris first told that she would rather wish for her family’s and fans’ happiness and good health.
She said she is content and happy with what she has right now.
Later, Kris revealed her further goals in life.
“Dito sa career ko, hindi ko pa naman nararating yung peak nung career ko, pero sana, yun ang wish ko, na maabot ko din.”
What would make Kris personally say that she has reached the peak of her showbiz career?
The young actress said, “Siguro pag nakakuha na ako ng award. Dun ko siguro mararamdaman na ito na yun, na yun na, okay na ako.
“Basta magka-award lang ako, masaya na ako.
“Para lang may napatunayan ako sa sarili ko at napasaya ko yung mga tao.”
DREAM PROJECT. To attain her goal, Kris said that she would need a break—perhaps a movie project that would test her versatility as an actress.
“Gusto ko lang magkaro’n ng isang break or project or film na makikita nilang iba yung character.
“Gusto ko gumawa ng hindi lang ako pa-sweet, yung talagang may challenge, yung matsa-challenge rin talaga ako.
“Hindi lang puro iyakan pero yung makikita nila na kaya ko palang mag-ganito, mag-ganyan—yung mga iba’t ibang characters para maging versatile din ako.”
Kris mentioned that she is game for anything—be it a horror or action film.
“Gusto ko rin subukan yung intense yung drama, ganun.
“Ang dami ko talagang gustong subukan.
“Hindi ko pa alam kung ano pa yung puwede kong gawin. Gusto ko pa i-discover yun, kung ano pa kaya ko.”
Like any young actress in the entertainment circuit now, Kris dreams of working with the likes of Superstar Nora Aunor, Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos, and Megastar Sharon Cuneta.
“Siyempre sila po yung mga tinitingala ko talaga.
“Pagdating sa pag-arte, sila talaga yung gusto ko.
“Pinapanood ko talaga yung mga lumang movies nila para makakuha ako ng tips.
“Marami akong nakukuha sa kanila, kahit hindi ko pa sila nakikilala.”
ROMANTIC COMEDY WITH CARL. Lastly, when asked if she would be willing to do a project with Carl, Kris said it would initially make them feel awkward.
She took it back, saying, “Actually, para sa trabaho, gagawin ko naman.
“Alam kong nakakailang or parang mahihiya kami, pero kung para sa trabaho, sige, go. Tatanggapin ko.”
Maybe a romantic comedy would be apt for the yet-to-be couple.
To this Kris agreed, “Maganda sa amin yun kasi kumportable na rin kami sa isa’t isa.
“Gamay na namin yung personality ng isa’t isa.”