THROWBACK: How KathNiel’s Modern Filipiniana fashion at the ABS-CBN Ball 2019 left us awestruck

She’s been a well-loved actress ever since her child star days. He’s a scion of one of the well-known showbiz clans in the country. They may have come from different backgrounds and started out in the industry in different times, but the universe has its wondrous way of intertwining the paths of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

In an unexpected twist of fate, they got to work for the first time in 2011 via the weekly youth-oriented series Growing Up, in which their chemistry was initially noticed. That led to their unforgettable stint in Princess and I n 2012, where the KathNiel tandem was born and the sparks between them seemed to start flying. 

And from arriving at the Star Magic Ball solo and separately, they began to attend the annual gala together that same year and went on to do so until the latest staging of the ABS-CBN Ball in 2019.

As we all look forward to the highly anticipated return of the star-studded charity event this coming September 30, let us reminisce first how KathNiel got us wonderstruck by their majestic presence at the ABS-CBN Ball 2019 that was held at the grand ballroom of Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City on the night of September 14.

Kathniel

Kathniel

For their eighth Ball together, the box-office loveteam and real-life sweethearts indeed exuded regality and sophistication in their chosen Modern Filipiniana ensembles. Kathryn captivated us in a form-fitting fully-embellished fuchsia terno created by Filipino Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, which featured patterns inspired by the T’nalak weaving tradition of the T’boli tribe in South Cotabato.

Kathniel

In an Instagram post, the Asia’s Superstar shared the story behind her gown. “I originally requested to incorporate T’nalak prints to make the look very Filipino, and he did so without compromising the signature Michael Cinco aesthetic by mimicking the patterns using Swarovski crystals.”

Adding oomph to her look was the sweetheart mesh neckline of her stunning frock, her sultry makeup, and her medium-length mane with full bangs.

Kathryn might have tried various looks, cuts, silhouettes, and styles, but there’s one thing that never changed in the past years – her handsome arm candy Daniel!

To complement his beloved “bal,” the Supreme Idol strutted on the red carpet in a patterned blue suit made of indigenous fabric that he wore over an intricately-designed barong with a jusi scarf accent. He punctuated it with a round orange-tinted shades and multicolored pocket square.

Kathniel

But before enthralling us on the red carpet that year, it was revealed through a candid video shared on social media that KathNiel already spread kilig vibes behind the scenes. DJ was seen surprising Kath with a big bouquet of roses that matched her bedazzled terno, much to the delight of everyone who had witnessed it. And it seemed to be a KathNiel tradition before heading to the Ball every year, as he seemed to have done it as well in previous editions.

Kathniel

 Check out more of KathNiel’s ravishing red-carpet moments at the ABS-CBN Ball 2019 below:

Kathniel

Kathniel

Kathniel

Kathniel

With the ABS-CBN Ball 2023 fast-approaching, we couldn’t help but be thrilled to see Kathryn and Daniel parade on the red carpet together on September 30!

Apart from being a star-studded night of glitz and glamour, the upcoming ABS-CBN Ball 2023 will also put the spotlight on the stories of thanksgiving, togetherness, and hope shared by Kapamilya artists, employees, partners, and collaborators, who all share the vision of delivering stories that promote human good to our dear audiences. Moreover, it will also aim to raise funds for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Foundation.