Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their KathNiel loveteam this month. To express their love for and gratefulness to their solid fans, the reel-to-real couple created a documentary to look back on their beautiful and magical journey.
On September 25, the "KathNiel: Isang Dekada" documentary was released on Kathryn's YouTube channel. Old, new, and casual fans alike will surely find the video inspiring, heartwarming, and tear-jerking, as Kathryn and Daniel waxed nostalgic about each of their humble beginnings and their unbelievably amazing experiences with their KathNiel family supporting them every step of the way.
The video is one hour and 32 minutes long. It thoughtfully summarized 10 years of Kathryn and Daniel's journey as individual artists, a loveteam, and a real-life couple一through their own eyes, the perspective of their loved ones and industry friends, and of course, the points of view of their fans. If you aren't their fan yet, you will be after watching it.
The documentary highlighted both their struggles and achievements, their dreams and the reality they now live in, as well as their growth and drive to keep evolving. In the spotlight is KathNiel the tandem not just on-cam but also off-cam, and KathNiel not just a fandom but a family.
Kathryn says of her partnership with Daniel, "We grew together sa lahat ng mga ginagawa, sa lahat ng mga projects, parang iba 'yung feeling 'pag may kasama ka. And mas secure 'yung feeling ko because DJ was there. And parang doble 'yung saya pag kayong dalawa. Siguro pinili namin nainvest-an 'yung isat-isa and best decision ever. It’s really worth it kasi hindi ako magiging ganito if not for Deej and sana ganu'n din ako sa kanya kasi nagtulungan kaming dalawa. Hindi lang s'ya basta loveteam, partnership talaga. And malaking part si DJ sa journey na 'yun kasi s'ya 'yung nagpa-feel sa'kin parati na you are enough. 'Di ka kailangan ma-conscious sa mga ganyang bagay and aside from my mom of course, automatic naman 'yung pamilya sa growth, si DJ is really a big part of my personal growth."
Daniel, on the other hand, didn't shy away from declaring his love for Kathryn. He says, "Ang relationship namin ni Kathryn ay hindi perpekto, okay? Hindi lang s'ya hahaha masaya dba, love love love. Hindi lang ganu'n diba. Maraming nangyari at ako nagkakamali. Siya may pagkakamali, inayos namin pareho. Pinili namin 'yung love above all. Partner ko na ito eh. Partner ko na itong taong ito. Hindi ko kakayaning mawala sakin 'yun. Pero sa'kin kasi, hindi ko na kayang bitawan itong taong ito. And dahil sa mga ganu'ng bagay hindi mo napapansin, nag-gro-grow na rin kayo. Ang ganda nu'ng companionship. I'm just very lucky to have her as my partner in life. At masaya ako na binigay sakin ng Diyos 'yung isang ganitong kabuting tao. Hindi lang siya kundi 'yung pamilya nya para ako ay magabayan din… 'yun naman ang hinahanap ko sa isang tao eh, 'yung tao na maapektuhan ang buhay ko at babaguhin ako sa magandang paraan at 'yun 'yung binigay sa'kin."
Following the release of the "KathNiel: Isang Dekada" documentary, ABS-CBN announced details about the much-awaited comeback series of Kathryn and Daniel titled 2G2BT (2 Good 2 Be True). The rom-com series, to be directed by Mae Cruz Alviar, will start taping in October. Kathryn and Daniel last appeared in the online series The House Arrest of Us, and their previous teleseryes were 2017's La Luna Sangre and 2015's Pangako Sa'Yo. But their last rom-com was way back in 2013 with Got to Believe, that's why their upcoming series is all the more exciting.
Scroll through the gallery below to read what we loved from the "KathNiel: Isang Dekada" documentary:
By Metro.StyleMay 13 2022, 4:12 AM
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It took us back to the humble beginnings of Kathryn and Daniel.
Kathryn and Daniel have different stories of how they started out in showbiz. She started younger, appearing in a TV commercial as young as six years old and debuting on TV in 2003 via a stint on the teleserye “It Might Be You.” Meanwhile, Daniel’s career began in 2010 when he appeared in the youth-oriented show “Gimik 2010.” But one thing they do have in common is that they both worked hard to get to where they are today. In the documentary, Kathryn’s mom Min Bernardo, Daniel’s mom Karla Estrada, and Daniel’s uncle Armand Cruz were interviewed to share stories about the young Kathryn and Daniel. Karla said that Daniel was a shy boy yet he was playful and jolly. On the contrary, Min shared that Kathryn was very active and talkative, that she loved entertaining people, and that there were no dull moments with her.
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It showed us the evolution of Kathryn and Daniel’s KathNiel loveteam into a lasting partnership.
The documentary is a trip down memory lane, especially for the KathNiel fans who have been with them from the beginning. This beginning of KathNiel was marked by the youth-oriented show “Growing Up,” which premiered on September 4, 2011. On meeting each other for the first time, Kathryn laughs, “First impression ko sa kanya was ang puti ng makeup n'ya… Very manly pero hindi s’ya ’yung tipo na makita mo, magiging crush mo s’ya.” Daniel, on the other hand, thought Kathryn was “very polite.” He says, “Sobrang polite lang si Kathryn. Sobrang bait na welcoming,” considering that Kathryn had already established herself as a child star then. Kathryn adds, “Hindi kami agad nag-jibe… Pero nu’ng mga middle part ng ‘Growing Up,’ du’n na siguro, may isang conversation tapos boom, pasok! Swak pala kami! Parehong jologs. Naging kaibigan ko si DJ talaga.”
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It revealed details about the reel-to-real relationship of the two.
Kathryn and Daniel opened up about their on-cam partnership that translated into a romantic relationship off-cam. They shared that they’ve been a couple for nine years already, and that their love story began while they were working on the TV series “Princess and I.” To be exact, they became boyfriend-girlfriend on May 25, 2012. Mark Salamat and Mark Coleta, both longtime friends of Kathryn and Daniel, were part of the documentary, and they revealed details about how Daniel courted Kathryn and how sweet the two really are behind the scenes. Mark Coleta even shared that the tough-looking Daniel would always turn into a “malambing” guy whenever Kathryn was around. “One year ’yun na ligawan and then text text,” reveals Kathryn. “Simulang-simula pa lang ng ‘Princess and I,’ naging kami na. So grabe ’yung selosan kasi s’yempre may partner ako na dawala nu’n tapos bata kami.” It's hard to maintain a relationship, more so in showbiz, but Kathryn and Daniel feel grateful to have found a great partner in each other. They have each other, and that's all that really matters.
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It proved how much they deserve the love and adulation they’ve been getting.
KathNiel is, no doubt, one of the best loveteams ever in local showbiz. Together, they make magic. But what’s great about them is that, individually, they’re both talented, hardworking, and professionals. They work hard for every project they’re blessed with, and that can be seen in their unparalleled on-screen chemistry. There to share anecdotes about the team-up of Kathryn and Daniel were Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina (who first directed them in the series "Got to Believe"), writer Carmi Raymundo, and Star Cinema producer John Leo Garcia. Direk Cathy shares, “These kids deserve the adulation that they get, and may ibubuga ang dalawang ito. The versatility of the two were put to a test in ‘She’s Dating the Gangster’ and yeah, to me, with flying colors nila nagawa naman.” Carmi talked about how the lead characters of and the “one great love” story in the movie “She’s Dating the Gangster” mirrored that of Kathryn and Daniel’s own love story; she says, “Nakakakilig kasi sila talaga. Parang ang natural talaga nu’ng kilig kasi 'diba grabe si Daniel mag-pronounce, mag-declare talaga kung gaano s’ya kasigurado na gusto n’ya itong si Kathryn at that time… Even up to now, when you hear KathNiel, when you see KathNiel, you know na, ay pangmatagalan. Sila rin parang great love.” On top of these, Kathryn and Daniel remain humble despite their many achievements.
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It trained the spotlight on KathNiel fans who are a huge part of the journey of Kathryn and Daniel.
“KathNiel: Isang Dekada” is Kathryn and Daniel’s gift to KathNiels. To them, KathNiel isn’t just a fandom, it’s family. And this documentary is to pay tribute to the ever loyal, supportive and solid KathNiels. “’Yung KathNiel, etong fans namin ni Deej, eto ’yung fans na wala ka nang hihilingin pa. Sila na ’yung bahala sa’yo,” Kathryn says. Daniel, too, has nothing but praises for their fans, saying, “Akala mo sila ’yung nai-inspire, pero masho-shock ka kasi ako na ’yung nai-inspire. Minsan ako na ’yung nahihiya. ‘My god, ang galing n’yo, iba na ’yung effect na binibigay n’yo.” He talked about how it inspires him to do more whenever he sees KathNiels organizing initiatives to support their advocacies. Several KathNiel fans were interviewed to share why they love Kathryn and Daniel and how being their fan has been a huge part of their own journeys. Longtime KathNiel fan Tita Vilma Garcia said, “Hindi ko pa sila nami-meet ng personal pero tingin ko agad mabubuti silang tao. Kasi ’diba, ang sabi nu’ng matatanda, hindi lahat ng magagaling na tao mabuti. Pero ang mabubuting tao, magiging magaling. So ’yun agad ang tingin ko sa kanila. Mabuti silang tao… KathNiel ang nagpapahaba sa’kin, sa buhay ko. Napapasaya nila ako.” To end the documentary, Kathryn and Daniel were asked to describe KathNiel. She says, “The fandom or the family that made the impossible possible.” He says, “KathNiel is a group of people who want to make a difference, an impact.”
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Lead and gallery photos from @bernardokath and Kathryn Bernardo's YouTube channel