Daniel John Ford Padilla, known professionally as Daniel Padilla, is one of the most popular faces in the Philippines. Hes an actor, brand ambassador, and singer songwriter, who rose to fame after starring in the hit series “Princess and I” in 2012. At the young age of 26, the actor has already accomplished a remarkable career in the entertainment industry. Carrying his charming looks, comedic talent, and catchy tunes, he continues to be a crowd favorite and is one of the most sought after leading men in the country today.
Early Life and Childhood
Daniel Padilla was born on April 26, 1995 in Manila, Philippines to parents Karla Estrada and Rommel Padilla. He first gained recognition at the age of 14 when his mom and a talent manager, Joy Tambunting, sent videos of him singing.
He was born into a family of showbiz royalty, and since a young age, he already had the inclination to follow in their footsteps. Growing up, he wanted to be like his stepfather, actor Rommel Padilla, and his uncle and father Rustom Padilla.
Daniel was in high school when he was casted as the lead in “Gokada Go!” and “Gimik 2010”, two ABS-CBN sitcoms. However, his breakthrough role came in 2012 when he starred in the hit teleserye “Princess and I” as the charming prince Andrei.
In this drama series, he was partnered with child star Kathryn Bernardo, who is now his longtime partner. He continued to headline major TV series like “Got To Believe”, “Pangako Sa’Yo”, and “La Luna Sangre” with Bernardo.
Becoming a Recording Artist
Soon after his acting breakthrough, Daniel released his self-titled album “Daniel Padilla”, which contains four original tracks. Further to this, his single “Simpleng Tulad Mo” reached six times Platinum status in 2016 and was the most streamed artist in the same year.
He then gave us the singles “We Million Miles Away” and “Cant Help Falling in Love”, all of which still remain fan favorites, together with his various covers and collaborations with other recording artist.
Endorsements, Awards, and Accomplishments
Aside from his flourishing music career, Daniel has also been involved in various endorsements. He’s been featured in ad campaigns for Mc Donalds and Coca Cola, and in print ads for San Marino Corned Tuna.
He regularly appears in TV for the fast-food chain Jollibee and San Miguel Beer, and he was even endorsed by the Department of Tourism for their “It’s More Fun In The Philippines” campaign in 2011.
He has also been very successful in his awards nominations and wins. Daniel won the Best Male TV Performance, Top Male Recording Artist, Best Male Recording Artist of the Year awards at the Philippine Music Awards in 2014 and 2018 respectively.
He won the Best Scenestealer award at the 2nd Magpasikat Awards in 2013, and he also took home the Best Family TV Series award at the 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television in 2017.
Daniel and on-screen partner Kathryn Bernardo have been a couple since their TV series “Princess and I”, and the two have been working together since to be the highest-paid love team in local entertainment.
Aside from his blossoming relationship with Kathryn, he continues to be supported by his family and by his loyal fan base. He has over 24 million followers on Instagram and over 6 million subscribers on YouTube.
What’s Next for Daniel Padilla
Daniel Padilla has proven time and time again that he can do anything he puts his mind to, and as of today, he continues to be a sought after face in the entertainment industry.
He will soon be starring in an upcoming romantic dramedy with Kathryn Bernardo, and he is set to continue recording more music and collaborating with other recording artists.
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