What's the best way to turn 26?
The ABS-CBN actress celebrated her 26th birthday on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the Isla Amara Resort in El Nido, Palawan.
Kath's boyfriend Daniel Padilla led the pack of their close celebrity friends, including Ria Atayde, Alora Sasam, Joshua Garcia, Zanjoe Marudo, and Kyle Echarri.
To mark her special day, Kathryn took to Instagram with a photo of herself clad in a white bikini from a sultry cover shoot she did with photographer Charisma Lico for Preview.
The Kapamilya star wrote in the caption of her post (published as is), "As I turn 26, I celebrate everything that made me who I am today. I celebrate my body, which I’ve learned to fully embrace in my journey to self-love.
"I celebrate the people who helped me grow—those who love me and continue to make life worth living, and those who don't but continue to make me stronger and more resilient.
"I celebrate courage, being vulnerable, and the choice to stand up no matter what life throws at me. I celebrate joy, finding happiness in the simplest things, and laughing at the silliest jokes.
"I celebrate the challenges and struggles that ultimately shaped me to become a better person.
"And lastly, I celebrate my voice, being able to stand up for the things i believe in and speak up for myself unfiltered."
In a separate post, Kathryn set the Internet abuzz as she showed off her sun-kissed skin and toned figure in a teal two-piece swimsuit.
KATHNIEL'S SWEET MOMENTS
Kathryn's birthday celebration wasn't short of kilig moments with Daniel.
During her birthday dinner, Daniel surprised Kathryn with a cake.
Kath's go-to hairstylist John Valle was able to capture through Instagram Reels the couple's sweetness.
John also shared a video of Daniel serenading Kath with Bamboo's song "Truth."
Of course, the actor also took to Instagram to greet his girlfriend on her special day.
The Kapamilya actor shared some of their never-before-seen photos from his phone's camera roll, and quoted the lyrics of Green Day’s "Last Night on Earth" to greet Kathryn on her birthday.
His caption read (published as is): "I text a postcard sent to you, Did it go through?
"Sending all my love to you, You are the moonlight of my life, Every night, Giving all my love to you...
"My beating heart belongs to you, I walked for miles 'til I found you, I'm here to honor you, If I lose everything in the fire, I'm sending all my love to you...
"Happy Birthday [emoji]”
Another sweet moment of the couple was captured by Kath's best friend Alora, who posted it on Instagram last March 30, 2022, as they feasted on a delightful menu of seafood and fruits.
"Pero Kath di ba picture muna? Respeto naman," Alora teased in the caption of her post.
Celebrities such as Marian Rivera, Bea Alonzo, Ivana Alawi, Ruffa Gutierrez, Angelica Panganiban, and Ina Raymundo, among others, also greeted Kathryn on her special day.
The beach getaway actually served as a triple celebration for Kathryn's fellow Aries babies Ria and Alora.
Alora celebrated her 33rd birthday on March 27, 2022, a day after Kathryn's birthday. Ria, on the other hand, celebrated her 30th birthday last March 23, 2022.
In an Instagram post on March 31, 2022, Alora wrote, "Successful triple birthday celebration, loves! Ang tanong, how to top this? [emoji]"
Alora uploaded another Instagram post to thank her besties for making her birthday extra special.
She wrote, "I owe every butil of happiness I felt in El Nido to these two good souls.
"I’m too invested and attached with this friendship. I’m scared to lose you, loves."