Would you believe that it has already been a decade since the formidable KathNiel tandem was born? And to join Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, as well as their throngs of fervent shippers, in this milestone, Star Cinema revisited their blockbuster hit “She’s Dating the Gangster” in the recently-launched “Secret Movie Files” series on its YouTube channel.
As we mark their 10th anniversary as an off-screen loveteam this 2021, let’s look back on their remarkable journey in this episode of Kapamilya Snaps that contains some of the photos that best capture their 10 years!
Kathryn – a bankable young actress who’s able to prove her versatility through her stints in Goin’ Bulilit and Kapamilya teleseryes – and Daniel – a scion of one of the most prominent clans in Philippine showbiz, was first paired to one another in the 2011 weekly teen series Growing Up. Their aid shippers surely know that they were originally not the first choice to be each other’s on-screen partner, but their chemistry was truly undeniable.
Thus, a slew of teleserye and movie projects were entrusted to them in the previous years, which further propelled them to becoming the hottest loveteam of their generation. Those were Princess and I (2013), “24/7 In Love” (2012), “Sisterkas” (2012), Got To Believe (2013), “Must Be…Love” (2013), “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay” (2013), “She’s Dating the Gangster” (2014), “Crazy Beautiful You” (2015), Pangako Sa ‘Yo (2015), “Barcelona: A Love Untold” (2016), “Can't Help Falling in Love” (2017), La Luna Sangre (2017), and “The Hows Of Us” (2018).
Because of the continuous success of their team-up, the were bestowed the “Teen King and Teen Queen” and eventually became “King and Queen of Hearts”.
But apart from their on-screen appearances, Kathryn and Daniel have also served us with kilig vibes in real life! They attended their first-ever Star Magic Ball together in 2012 and went on to be each other’s constant arm candies in the succeeding years.
Even though they’d been spotted a number of times being romantic with one another in the previous years, the two consistently refused to spill anything about the real score them, until the Grand Media Day for their box-office hit “The Hows of Us” was held in 2018.
After dodging all questions about their relationship for a long time, the two finally admitted that they’re already a couple in real-life for more than five years during that time. DJ spoke about how being a “malupit na boyfriend” is a 24-hour job, explaining that being too comfortable is not completely okay as it could equate to not exerting effort anymore for your partner and your relationship.
More than the kilig, it’s actually being at each other’s side through hard times and unleashing the better version of one another that made it possible for them to last this long. DJ stated, “Kailangan mo lang hanapin ‘yong mas malalim na rason kung bakit mo ba mahal ‘yong tao”, while Kathryn commented, “Kung hindi mo nakikita ‘yong future doon sa isang tao, bakit ka pa magi-stay?”
Ever since their admission, KathNiel has apparently become prouder in sharing their love to the world through the photos and videos they upload on social media. Despite being together almost everyday because of work, they still choose to hang out either with just the two of them or with their family and friends.
They certainly enjoy each other’s company as they go on holiday and vacation trips in-and-out of the country, as well as go on dates and random shenanigans together. Besides, apart from opening their respective businesses, the couple were also able to put up a barbershop.
Fans got to witness Kathryn and Daniel grow in front of the cameras for the past 10 years. And without a doubt, we know that they’re going to have 10 or more years to go!
So, Kapamilya, which of these KathNiel moments is your favorite?