Kapamilya Snaps: Shining moments of KathNiel at the Ball through the years

They may have come from different backgrounds and started their careers in separate timelines, but the universe still had its mysterious way of making the paths of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla intertwine.

While Kathryn started out young as an adorable child star, Daniel set his foot in the industry when he was already a teenager. They eventually got paired with each other for the first time in the 2011 weekly teen drama series Growing Up, then in their first-ever teleserye together Princess and I, which gave birth to their loveteam called “KathNiel.”

And since then, we truly can’t get enough of their tandem as we love to see them together on television shows, movies, social media, and other affairs, such as the Star Magic Ball and ABS-CBN Ball through the years.

As we look forward on seeing them again on the red carpet of the forthcoming ABS-CBN Ball 2023 happening on September 30, let’s reminisce about their much-awaited stints in the annual gala in this Kapamilya Snaps feature!

Prior to his television debut in the weekly teen drama Gimik 2010, Daniel already attended his first Star Magic Ball in 2009, in which he charmed us in a classic tuxedo. Kathryn, on the other hand, had her maiden appearance in 2010, wherein she paraded on the red carpet in an asymmetric sheath dress with an exaggerated silver and black bow. That same year, he also showed up in a gray suit and matched it with a colorful dress scarf.

In 2011, he channeled the inner rockstar in him by strutting in an all-leather black tuxedo. Meanwhile, she sashayed down the red carpet like a true princess in her patterned blush mermaid gown.

It was in 2012 when they finally graced the Star Magic Ball together, the same year when they top-billed their first-ever teleserye as loveteam, Princess and I. And just like their characters Mikay and Gino, they looked like true royalties in their chosen ensembles. Kath came in a bedazzled white sweetheart gown, while DJ in a classic three-piece black tuxedo and cool specs.

The following year, KathNiel earned the title “Teen King and Queen of Hearts” with their hit series Got To Believe.Living up to their monikers, the two made sure to look majestic in their 2013 stint. Our beloved Chichay put on a beaded pink number, while our adorable Joaquin donned a checkered three-piece suit.

They then looked like a perfect Hollywood couple in 2014 as they perfectly nailed the Old Hollywood Glam motif. The actress stunned in a sparkling gown with feathery skirt and bold red lips, which the actor complemented by marching in a red suit and black cane prop.

Through their impressive portrayals of iconic lovers Yna Macaspac and Angelo Buenavista in the successful remake of Pangako Sa ‘Yo in 2015, the on-and-offscreen sweethearts continued to prove that they are indeed one of the biggest love teams in the local entertainment scene. Seemingly, they marked this new feat by gracing the star-studded affair in matching white garbs. Kath was dressed in a white number with long sleeves and cut-outs, while DJ was cladded in an all-white suit with a black corsage.

After blinding us in their immaculately white ensembles, the two then made heads turn in their captivating black outfits the following year. She slayed in a shimmering black tube gown with a thigh-high slit, while he got us stupefied in a black open collar suit.

As they marked their return on primetime in 2017 via the action-fantasy series La Luna Sangre, the young power couple dominated the red carpet in fabulous numbers. Her deific beauty indeed stood out in a heavily-embellished ball gown, while he appeared princely in a plum velvet jacket and tinted shades.

For the inaugural edition of ABS-CBN Ball in 2018, KathNiel indeed took their style game to the next level. Kathryn looked simple and feisty in an asymmetrical form-fitting white maxi dress that bared her sexy back, while Daniel was dripping in finesse in a black and gold suit and tie.

And in 2019, the blockbuster pair perfectly embodied the Modern Filipiniana theme. The Asia’s Superstar sashayed down the red carpet in a bejeweled fuchsia terno dress with a sweetheart neckline and long train. Putting a dash of contemporaneity in her look was her full bangs and sultry makeup. Meanwhile, the Supreme Idol captivated us in a unique barong that he topped off with a patterned blue suit and a pair of peculiar shades.

Which of these Ball appearances of KathNiel is/are your favorite/s, Kapamilya?

Are you excited as us to see how Kathryn and Daniel will rock this year’s ABS-CBN Ball happening 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.