KathNiel, Barbie Forteza Among The Filipino Nominees At Seoul Drama Awards 2023


Five Filipino stars are nominated with South Korean superstars like Song Joong-Ki and Song Hye-Kyo in one of the coveted categories at the annual television festival.

2022 proved to be a promising and vibrant year for Philippine television. From historic teleseryes that got the Netflix treatment to a hit Gen Z reinterpretation of a Filipino classic, local TV has had quite its much-welcome reinvigoration. And some of the heroes of these shows are getting their respective dues as well as they get international recognition for their job well done. Just like in the 2023 Seoul International Drama Awards where some of the hottest Filipino stars, including box office queen Kathryn Bernardo and ever-versatile Barbie Forteza, have gotten some well-deserved nods.

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This great news came after the Seoul International Drama Awards posted the announcement of nominees earlier this week. Kathryn Bernardo and Barbie Forteza join fellow Pinoy stars Daniel Padilla, Julie Anne San Jose, and Dennis Trillo as nominees for the Outstanding Asian Star prize, which is part of the award-giving body’s International Invitation Category.

They are among the list of 12 stellar nominees selected by the Seoul Drama Awards Organizing Committee that include the hottest stars from South Korea like Song Joong-ki, Lee Je-hoon, Yoon-ah, Park Eun-bin and Song Hye-kyo. Other big names from China, Thailand, Japan, and Taiwan are also part of the starry list.

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla Kathniel Seoul Drama Awards 2023

Launched in 2006, the Seoul International Drama Awards, also known as SDA, is an annual international drama festival that celebrates the best of television content worldwide. It aims to discover and introduce “hidden masterpieces from all over the world, from Turkish epic to South American telenovelas, to Scandinavian noir to Asian family soap operas.” 

Now in its 18th anniversary, SDA is participated by 50 countries and hands out awards that not only recognize the best shows but also the creatives behind it as well. One of them is the Outstanding Asian Star accolade, where up to six Asian celebrities are selected by global fan voting. In 2022, Belle Mariano became the first Filipina to win the said recognition.

Barbie Forteza, Dennis Trillo, Julie Anne San Jose Seoul Drama Awards 2023

Last year, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla starred in 2 Good 2 Be True, their much-awaited KathNiel comeback project. It was the first Filipino series to premiere simultaneously on free television and on Netflix. In the last two months, Kathryn and Daniel, who are also celebrating their 11th year together, revealed via their ABS-CBN Films’ New Movie Alert announcements their return to the big screen, unveiling their exciting individual movies and much-awaited project together.

Meanwhile, Barbie Forteza, Julie Anne San Jose, and Dennis Trillo received praises and accolades for playing the leads of GMA Network’s acclaimed Gen Z-oriented history fantaserye, Maria Clara at Ibarra. Barbie is also currently shooting a new movie with her BarDa partner David Licauco in South Korea. On the other hand, Dennis currentlt plays Ned Armstrong in Voltes V: Legacy, a proudly Pinoy adaptation of the famed mecha series. Julie Anne San Jose also took part in the historic megaseries, becoming the first Filipino to sing the Voltes V theme song.

We know that these talented Pinoys are already outstanding stars in her own right but if you want to see them repping the country hard while slaying the SDA’s red carpet in Seoul, then you can vote for them via the voting platform service Idolchamp until June 15, 2023.

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