Where will KathNiel be five years from now?

by Nikko Tuazon
Sep 13, 2021
Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla
Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, famously known as KathNiel, celebrate the 10th year of their love team that started when they were teenagers. Now in their 20s, what now? She said: "It scares us, but nae-excite din kasi iba na naman yung mundo, iba na naman yung matututunan namin."
PHOTO/S: @bernardokath, @supremo_dp on Instagram

Kathryn Bernardo, 25, and Daniel Padilla, 26, have reached another milestone as one of the most enduring love teams in the country.

On Saturday, September 4, 2021, Kathryn and Daniel, tagged together as KathNiel, marked the 10th year of their love team that started in the teen-oriented series Growing Up of ABS-CBN.

How they've been able to make it last through all the turmoil in showbiz and their own transition from being teens to young adults, the couple said it's all about teamwork.

Kathryn said, "Kami ni Deej, simula naman dati hanggang ngayon, siguro yun yung hindi nagbabago, tulungan kaming dalawa.

"Of course, additional bonus talaga na couple talaga kami in real life.

"Pero iba rin kasi yung partnership namin when it comes to work, kung paano kami kapag nasa shoot, sa script, kung gaano kami ka-meticulous sa mga ganoong bagay.

"So siguro, isa yun sa mga secrets na... Hindi naman secret pero yun yung formula para mag-work ang isang bagay. Kailangan gusto ng pareho.

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"So sa lahat ng mga ginagawa namin, tinatanong namin yung opinion ng isa't isa 'tapos tulungan."

To which Daniel added, "Sacrifices, maraming sacrifices yung sampung taon na yun.

"Jusko, with time, time namin para sa isa't isa, time namin para sa pamilya, time namin para sa mga kaibigan, you know, kasama lahat yun, e.

"Hindi naman siya smooth sailing the whole time. Maraming mga pagsubok.

"Pero ang importante, e, nalalagpasan namin yung mga pagsubok na ibinibigay sa amin, 'di ba?"

What then is the best thing that can be said about their love team?

Daniel answered, "Best thing sa relationship namin is masaya kaming magkasama sa trabaho at masaya rin kaming hindi magkasama sa trabaho.

"Alam mo yun? Gets mo? Kahit magkasama kaming dalawa, okay kami dun. At kahit sa personal naming oras, okay din kami dun, you know.

"Suwerte rin kami, suwerte rin kami sa ganun naming sitwasyon so, yeah... We get to experience...

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"Hindi naman lahat ng couple same din yung love team mo on cam."

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) inteviewed Kathniel via Zoom last August 17, 2021.

ADULTING

Both in their mid-20s, Kathryn and Daniel admtted feeling the pressure brought on somehow by "adulting."

She said, "Hindi siya quarter-life crisis for us, mas naramdaman lang namin na, 'Oh my god, tumatanda na tayo.'

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"Mas adulting siya na nakaka-excite siya in a way kasi alam namin na, of course, andiyan yung parents namin to guide us.

"Pero ngayon mo napi-feel na, 'Okay, hindi forever na ganito so ano yung next na plano mo? Anong gagawin natin in the next five years?'

"Kailangan mas maging open lang kami sa idea na mas malapit sa 26 na siya, ako 25 na. So mas pinaplano mo lang siguro kung ano yung sa future.

"It scares us, but nae-excite din kami at the same time kasi iba na naman yung mundo, iba na naman yung matututunan namin.

"'Tapos sabay namin matututunan yung mga bagay na yun. So more of ganun lang yung napi-feel namin ngayon."

Daniel amplified, "Okay lang naman ma-pressure. Huwag lang tayo mag-panic, di ba? Kasi lahat naman tayo may timing, e.

"Iba-iba naman timing natin bilang tao. So just do your thing, huwag ka magmadali. Darating din ang time mo. Basta put the work in it, sigurado gagana yun."

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FIVE YEARS FROM NOW

How do they see themselves five years from now?

Kathryn offered, "Siguro more of yung sa pagiging stable namin. Financially, emotionally, lahat kasi...

"Ang dami naming gusto gawin, ang dami ko pang gusto gawin.

"So ngayon talaga yung time i-prepare yung sarili ko in the future.

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"Gusto namin magka-beach house. Gusto namin... ako, may gusto akong itayo na business.

"So ang daming nasa listahan ko ngayon, pero more of prineprepare ko lang muna yung sarili ko kung paano yun gagawin.

"And, as in, naghahanda kami kasi siyempre, nagpapagawa din ako ng house ngayon. Hindi naman biro magpagawa ng bahay."

Although she did not say it directly, but it was clear that part of their plans is their future together.

Kathyyn continued, "And then, in the next few years, ibang house naman yun, for the family na.

"I guess, I don't know kung paano kami ni DJ nun in the next few years kasi hindi na kami bata nun.

"So ano lang, napag-uusapan siya, but ayaw namin siya masyado isipin kasi bahala na, go with the flow kami kung ano mangyayari. Basta handa kami kung ano man."

On October 14, 2020, during the digital media conference of The House Arrest of Us, Kathryn said she wanted to get married "before 30."

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In Kathryn's vlog dated February 14, 2021, Daniel opened up about having marriage plans.

He said then, "Pag ready na tayo, pero may pinag-usapan na tayo na dapat, di ba? Hindi na tayo dapat ma-late pa dun.

"Mahirap pag pinagsisihan mo. Tandaan mo hindi na babalik ang oras."

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Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, famously known as KathNiel, celebrate the 10th year of their love team that started when they were teenagers. Now in their 20s, what now? She said: "It scares us, but nae-excite din kasi iba na naman yung mundo, iba na naman yung matututunan namin."
PHOTO/S: @bernardokath, @supremo_dp on Instagram
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