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KATHNIEL DECADE: 2012 with Kathryn and Daniel

2012 was a busy and fruitful year for KathNiel! #10YearsOfKathNiel #TheHowsOfKathNiel #KathNielAt10

Patricia Matalog
Patricia Matalog

8/26/2021 in News
KATHNIEL DECADE: 2012 with Kathryn and Daniel

After the success of their team-up from "Growing Up," 2012 got more fruitful for Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

With the finale of their Sunday teen-oriented series came a new project (after project after project) that definitely sealed the success of their love team. Today, we're looking back at the year of many firsts for KathNiel, aka the year 2012:

KathNiel goes to primetime with "Princess and I"

KathNiel's huge success in "Growing Up" made them land their first primetime series together, "Princess and I." They starred alongside Enrique Gil and Khalil Ramos, where Kathryn's role Mikay had to choose among the three guys: Kiko (Khalil), Gino (Daniel), or Prince Jao (Enrique). Of course, we all know who the endgame was, as we tuned in throughout its successful 10-month run 💙

The series also featured a soundtrack album with songs performed by the stars themselves, including Kathryn's "Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon" and Daniel's "Hinahanap-hanap Kita."

Daniel releases his iconic single "Hinahanap-hanap Kita" and first self-titled mini-album

It was in 2012 when we first saw Daniel's musical side. He gave us the gem that is "Hinahanap-hanap Kita," a rendition of the Rivermaya hit that totally drove his fans (and us!) crazy.

In May that year, he also released his self-titled debut mini-album "Daniel Padilla," which sold more than 8,000 copies in less than a week, and was certified platinum in less than three months.

KathNiel graces the Star Magic Ball 2012 together

The Star Magic Ball is definitely magical for Kathryn and Daniel. The two graced the Ball for the first time together at the Star Magic Ball 2012 and have been each other's partner since. Kathryn came looking all angelic wearing a beaded white ball gown, while Daniel was dashing in a black tuxedo.

And with their perfect looks combined, the two bagged the Breakout Style Award that night!

KathNiel stars in "24/7 In Love"

Star Magic marked its 20th anniversary with a film composed of an ensemble cast and love teams, including the breakthrough team-up of KathNiel. In the movie, Kathryn played Jane, who is a die-hard fan of Daniel's character Billy. "24/7 In Love" gave us one of the cutest perspectives of young love, along with the most kilig and perfect ending.

KathNiel joins MMFF 2012

KathNiel gave the perfect balance of kilig in the riot story of "Sisterakas" starring Vice Ganda, Ai-Ai delas Alas, and Kris Aquino. It was the first time their team-up became part of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2012, and the movie went on to earn a whopping P393 million gross in the box-office.

Witness more of KathNiel's growth in our next features as we get closer to their 10th anniversary! 💙

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