As promised, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla made our Saturday night extra special with the premiere of their documentary “KathNiel: Isang Dekada” in celebration of their 10th anniversary as a love team.
At the beginning of the 90-minute film, a video montage of the reel-to-real life tandem warmed our hearts. From there, a sequence of interviews began. Kathryn’s mom Min Bernardo and Daniel’s mom Karla Estrada both opened up about their children’s respective beginnings in showbiz. Thanks to their candidness, we got to learn about the moments that changed the course of Kathryn and Daniel’s lives.
“I held onto that faith na makita lang tong anak ko sa TV, may maniniwala bukod sa akin. Noong panahon na sinasabi ko sa kanya, ‘Sige na, anak. Try mo lang, try mo lang, try mo lang.’ May kasama kasing paniniwala yun na alam ko na mayroong magandang mangyayari sa kanya,” Karla spoke about having faith in her son.
Mommy Min, on the other hand, talked about Kathryn’s innate entertaining abilities: “Noong bata pa siya, ang hilig niya lang talaga, parang lumakad-lakad, umarte. Kasi nagagaya siya sa mga ate niya before. Entertainer siya kasi medyo hindi siya nahihiya. Kumbaga walang dull moment sa kanya.”
Then as the documentary treated us to previously untold anecdotes from esteemed mentors, heartfelt testimonials from long-time fans, and one-on-one’s with the celebrated couple themselves, it became clearer and clearer what we have known all along: KathNiel is a love team like no other.
Now that they’ve reached this 10-year milestone, Kathryn and Daniel naturally reflected on their journeys as artists.
“Noong tinitignan ko yung mga lumang videos namin nung bago lang kami ni Deej, grabe pala yung pinagdaanan namin. Of course nung bata ka pinapangarap mo to be a successful artist. I never thought that I will get to experience that and be part of this love team,” Kathryn said with humility.
Daniel held similar feelings towards their success: “Isipin mo, saan ba kami galing dati at nasaan na kami ngayon. Ako hanggang ngayon talagang, ‘Wow, man. Thank you, Lord. At thank you sa binigay niyo sa amin.”
Indeed, it is quite moving to see how far they’ve come, not only in their careers but also in their committed relationship. Kathryn and Daniel didn’t shy away from revealing that side of their partnership.
“May mga pros and cons siya [being a real-life couple]. Mahirap ‘pag nag-aaway kayo pero pagdating niyo sa camera or sa mall show, bawal malaman ng tao na may problema kayo. Tapos isa sa cons, ‘yung private life niyo, parang hindi kayo makakaalis agad kasi ang daming mata sa inyo eh. Hindi kayo regular couple na hindi inaantay na magkamali kayo ng mga tao,” Kathryn shared her thoughts.
“Pero ‘yung good thing dun is, we grew together. Sa lahat ng mga projects, iba ‘yung feeling kapag may kasama ka. And mas secure ‘yung feeling ko because DJ was there and parang doble yung saya pag kayong dalawa,” she added.
One of the more poignant parts of the documentary was when Kathryn called her relationship with Daniel “the best decision ever.”
“Pinili namin na invest-an yung isa’t isa, and best decision ever. It’s really worth it kasi hindi ako magiging ganito if not for Deej, and sana ganun din ako sa kanya kasi nagtulungan kaming dalawa,” Kathryn said. “Hindi lang siya basta love team, partnership talaga. And malaking part si DJ sa journey ko na yun kasi siya yung nagpafeel sa akin parati na ‘You are enough.’”
For Daniel, perfection is too big of a word to describe their relationship, pointing to the fact that it’s love that has strengthened them through the ups and downs. Something that all the more makes them a profoundly relatable couple.
“Relationship namin ni Kathryn ay hindi perpekto. Ako, nagkamali. Siya, may pagkakamali. Inayos namin pareho. Pinili namin yung love above all. Eto na yung, partner ko na ‘to eh. Hindi ko kakayaning mawala sa akin yun,” Daniel said.
“Ang ganda ng companionship. I'm just very lucky to have her as my partner in life. At masaya ako na binigay sa akin ng Diyos yung ganitong kabuting tao. Hindi lang siya, kundi ‘yung pamilya niya,” he added with evident sincerity.
To KathNiels, the documentary truly showed what it’s like to stand by a love team like KathNiel from then to now: completely worth it.
It’s been a wonderful ten years, KathNiel! Here’s to ten more!
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