When Mara of "Mara Clara" met Daniel Ledesma of "Gimik 2010" seven years ago on the set of "Growing Up" as Ella and Patrick, who would have thought that their stars will collide like magic? (Only the goddess of love perhaps)
Since then, with every television drama, big-screen project, commercial and public appearance; the success of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla as a love team hit us, fans, like how the waves plow into the rocks.
Natural. Beautiful. EMOTIONAL.
And with every hit, the fan base grew bigger and bigger until it explodes into one of, if not, the biggest Filipino celebrity fandom, reaching international chapters like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, The Middle East, London, Spain, America, and more.
"Para kaming mga sundalo ni Kathryn," Daniel said in an exclusive chat with us. "Ito 'yung army namin. Lagi silang (fans) nandiyan para sa giyera."
"Nandiyan lagi sila para sumuporta, laging hindi kami iniiwan," Daniel added to which Kathryn agreed.
"Sobrang astig. At bilang sila rin, stand nila na 'nandito kami'. Hindi na lang kasi siya fandom, mas personal na 'yung relationship namin with them."
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And when asked how they bond with their fans, Primo answered, "Bumibisita sila sa set namin, lagi silang nandoon. 'Yung mga get-together din. Lagi lang kami nagse-spend ng time together, every time."
Daniel even recalled how he felt when they received a memorable gift from their fans several years ago: a cellphone.
"Panis sa akin 'yung mga tropa ko pag-uwi ko. Sobrang nakaka-miss. 'Yung group chat pa dun (BBM). Pero marami rin silang niregalo pa sa amin. Kahit minsan sinasabi na namin na hindi na kailangan."
Happy seventh anniversary, Kath, DJ, and to their super supportive fandom, KathNiels!
Always wear your blue heart wherever you go! Cheers to the past seven years and for more years to come!
Don’t forget to watch Kathryn and Daniel’s latest movie “The Hows of Us” in cinemas! You can buy your movie tickets here: Robinsons Movieworld, SM Cinema, and Sure Seats, and official merchandise at the ABS-CBN Store.
“The Hows of Us: How to Love and Unlove” is also now available on National Book Store!
Or you can order online to get your dose of inspiration on love and relationships. 💙
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International Day of Charity: Give love, give back a la Jackie (Kathryn) and Kiko (Daniel)
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