For some, 2011 was just a typical year. But for Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, it was the year that changed their lives forever.
Before they became the phenomenal love team they are today, they were babies trying to make names for themselves in the industry. Kathryn had breakthrough television roles as Maya in "Super Inggo" and as Mara in the remake of "Mara Clara," while Daniel had just kickstarted his showbiz career through "Gimik 2010."
And in anticipation of KathNiel's 10th anniversary as a love team, let's start the celebration by looking back at their humble beginnings:
Kathryn in "Way Back Home"
Kathryn was still riding high from the success of "Mara Clara" when she and Julia Montes topbilled the family drama "Way Back Home," which premiered in August 2011. Kathryn, who was 15 at the time, proved that she can go toe-to-toe with veteran actors on the big screen. Daniel attended the movie's premiere.
The start of "Growing Up"
Come September, the Sunday afternoon teen-oriented series debuted on television with Kathryn playing Ella Dimalanta and Daniel as Patrick Rivero. It also starred Julia Montes, Diego Loyzaga, Kiray Celis, Neil Coleta, EJ Jallorina, among others.
Sparks flew between Kathryn and Daniel despite being paired for the first time — it was then that the love team KathNiel was born, with several fans shipping them hard during the run of "Growing Up."
KathNiel in ABS-CBN's 2011 station ID "Ulan"
They also landed their first ABS-CBN station ID appearance as a love team in "Ulan," where they showcased more of their kilig chemistry!
Kathryn joins MMFF 2011
Kathryn joined the Metro Manila Film Festival 2011 for the first time with "Shake, Rattle, and Roll 13" under the story "Parola" where she starred alongside Louise Delos Reyes.
Watch out for more of KathNiel as we get closer to their anniversary! 💙
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