Daniel John Ford Padilla (born April 26, 1995), better known by his screen name Daniel Padilla, is a Filipino actor and recording artist. Padilla made his television debut with a supporting role in the soap opera Gimik 2010 (2010), before landing the lead role in Growing Up (2011). He is dubbed as the “Supreme Idol” by various media outlets for his irresistible charm, charisma and acting prowess.
Padilla has since starred in the Filipino hit television programs Princess and I (2012–2013), Got to Believe (2013–2014) and Pangako Sa ‘Yo (2015–2016). He made his feature film debut in a supporting role in 2012 before starring in the films She’s Dating the Gangster (2014), Crazy Beautiful You (2015), Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016) and Can’t Help Falling in Love (2017).
Padilla has released three double platinum albums in the Philippines including, self-titled mini album Daniel Padilla (2012), DJP (2013), I Heart You (2014), gold record album I Feel Good (2015), and compilation album DJ’ Greatest Hits (2016). He also held concerts including Daniel Live! (2013) DOS (2014), Most Wanted (2015) and DJ Classics: Back at the Araneta (2017).
Padilla has received awards in television, film, and music including FAMAS Award for Best Actor, PMPC Star Award for Movie Actor of the Year, Luna Awards for Best Actor, GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards for Box Office King, Awit Awards and has received three World Music Awards nominations in 2013.
Early life and career
Padilla was born as Daniel John Ford Padilla on April 26, 1995, in Manila, Philippines. He is the son of actors Rommel Padilla and actress-singer Carla Ford (screen name: Karla Estrada); he is of quarter White American descent from his mother’s side. His mother raised Padilla as a single parent. Padilla is the nephew of action star Robin Padilla and BB Gandanghari, and has seven half-siblings from his father’s side, including Matt Raprap Padilla, RJ Padilla, Roanna Padilla, and Red Padilla, and three younger half-siblings from his mother’s side, JC Padilla, Margaret Planas, and Carmella Tenorio. Padilla met his siblings from his father’s side in 2011 when he turned sixteen.
Padilla lived for a year in Tacloban and studied there (grade 4). In 2014 he registered as an AMA Education System’s student. Due to the tight schedule, he reportedly took the home study program of UST Angelicum College years back. Padilla finally shared his plans to go back to school after his mother, Karla Estrada, announced on Magandang Buhay that she wants all her children to finish their studies.
Padilla was discovered by the late talent manager Douglas Quijano who pushed him to audition on Star Magic. He was introduced to the media as a member of the Star Magic Circle 2013. At a press conference in 2013, Padilla said he never imagined ending up in entertainment, but he thinks that he is in show business for a more important reason since his family went through financial difficulties.
Padilla’s first acting job was in 2010, in a minor role in Gimik 2010, a remake of the hit 1990s Filipino youth-oriented show, in which he was paired with Julia Montes. When he joined Star Magic, he used the screen name Daniel Padilla, using the surname of his biological father. He was next cast as Patrick Rivero in the youth-oriented show, Growing Up, where he first worked with co-star Kathryn Bernardo. He and Bernardo paired again in the soap opera Princess and I (2012–2013), which became one of the most popular shows on ABS-CBN.
His film debut came in 2012 when he was selected to join Star Magic’s 20th anniversary ensemble cast movie as Billy Fernandez in 24/7 In Love (2012) with co-star Bernardo. They also had support roles in the film Sisterakas (2012).
Star Music released Padilla’s self-titled debut album, Daniel Padilla on May 28, 2012. The first commercial and digital single released from the album was ‘’Hinahanap-Hanap Kita’’ on April 20, 2012. The album sold more than 10,000 copies in less than a week. The album peaked at the No. 1 on the Odyssey Music & Video’s nationwide sales reports (overall). It went on to sell more than 30,000 copies and was certified double platinum on March 14, 2013.
In January 2013, Padilla interpreted a hit song for Himig Handog P-pop Love Songs (2013), “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat”. The music video hit No. 1 on the 2013 Pinoy Myx Year-End Countdown, and was listed among the top three Filipino Trending Music Videos of 2013. “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” won special awards at the Himig Handog finale night, including MOR Listener’s Choice, Tambayan 101.9 Listener’s Choice, Star Records CD Buyer’s Choice, and MYX Choice for Best Video.
On March 18, 2013, Padilla released “Kamusta Ka” as the lead single for his first full-length-studio album, DJP. DJP peaked at number 1 on Odyssey Music & Video’s nationwide sales reports (overall). DJP album went platinum in less than 24 hours, but listed on PARI, September 25, 2013, and went double platinum the next day. Padilla held his first headlining concert, “Daniel: Live!” on April 30, 2013, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. It is the first concert to be streamed live via Sky Cable’s pay per view services in the Philippines.
In 2013 he took on the role of Joaquin and Ryan Manansala on his second prime time soap opera with Bernardo, Got To Believe. The series finale holds the record as the highest rating final episode in 2014.” Padilla had finally made a breakthrough in feature films with Must Be… Love. In the same year Padilla also starred in his first horror film, Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay (2013). Both film made the Top 10 List of highest-grossing Filipino films in 2013.
In 2014, Padilla interpreted a song for the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs (2014), “Simpleng Tulad Mo”. He was one of the youngest interpreters in the competition. The music video debuted at number 2 and the next week hit No.1 for five weeks. Padilla and Yeng Constantino held a multi-national tour, Daniel Padilla Rocks with Yeng Constantino. It began in Dubai on April 10, 2014, continued to London and Rome, and ended in Milan on April 20, 2014, with four legs and shows in total. While his second studio album, I Heart You was released on April 14, 2014. The digital album peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Philippines chart, the physical album reached the No. 1 spot on Odyssey Music & Video’s nationwide sales reports. Less than a month after its release, I Heart You achieved platinum record status and was certified double platinum on May 8, 2015.
Padilla marked his 19th birthday with a second sold-out concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 30, 2014. “DOS” was another event at the Araneta Coliseum. It was streamed live on SkyCable Pay-Per-View. The concert also featured his own band Parking 5 before they disbanded in July 2014. He recorded single, “Unlimited And Free” as the theme song of ABS-CBN Mobile in 2014. On December 1, 2014, Padilla was given his own stars on the country’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Eastwood Walk of Fame, located at Eastwood City, Quezon City.
In 2014, Padilla made three films: the action film Sa Ngalan ng Ama Ina at mga Anak with the Padilla clan, his first historical, action drama; Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo; and the box office success, She’s Dating the Gangster, with his co-star Bernardo.
Parents and family
His parents are Rommel Padilla (father) and Carla Ford (screen name: Karla Estrada) [mother].
He is the son of actor, Rommel Padilla and singer- actress Carla Ford popularly known as Karla Estrada. He is the first son of his mother, Karla. His parents are not married. His friends call him by the nickname DJ. Daniel has a strong resemblance to his father’s brother, actor, Robin Padilla who became very famous because of his bad boy image. Daniel is often tagged with the same image like his uncle.
He has three younger siblings in mother side, named Jose Carlito Ford Padilla (JC), Margaret Ford Planas (Magui), Carmella Ford (Lelay). In father side, he has four siblings named, Ralph Matthew Padilla, Ronnel Antonio Padilla, Roanna Marie Padilla, and Red Padilla.
Wife and Children
Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo have been a couple for 11 years now although they were first paired onscreen in the 2011 teen series “Growing Up.” They have been dating since then.
Padilla has no kids for now.
Who is Kathryn Bernardo?
Kathryn Bernardo is a popular Filipino actress and singer. She has been dubbed “Asia’s Superstar” by several media outlets and is considered the Box Office Queen of her generation for being the only Filipino actress with two films earning more than P800 million each. Bernardo has also been listed as one of Asia-Pacific’s most influential celebrities on social media by Forbes Asia and as one of the Most Influential on Social Media by Metro Society. EdukCircle has also listed her as one of the Most Influential Celebrities of the Decade. Bernardo is best known for her roles in hit television series such as Mara Clara, Princess and I, Pangako Sa ‘Yo, and La Luna Sangre. She has also acted in blockbuster films like She’s Dating the Gangster, Crazy Beautiful You, Barcelona: A Love Untold, The Hows of Us, and Hello, Love, Goodbye.
Is Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla Married?
In a recent interview, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo talked about their future plans and whether they are ready to get married. While Garcia-Molina interjected that 27 is still young, Padilla considers marriage the “next chapter” of their relationship, especially since they have been together as a love team for ten years. Although they initially planned to get married at their current age, the couple confessed to still being unsure about their plans on tying the knot.
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