The long wait is over! This year’s YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars special issue is out, and on the cover are Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, no less!

One of the hottest love teams in Philippine showbiz today, Kathryn and Daniel, known by their uni-name KathNiel, are more than thrilled to be on the cover of this annual special issue of YES! Magazine.

Kathryn, who is gracing the cover for the second time (her first was in July 2013, when she shared the cover with Julia Montes, her co-star in that year’s Mara Clara remake), feels that her 2017 cover appearance is extra special because she’s sharing it with her special someone: Daniel.

“Akala ko nga hindi cover ’to,” she says. “Akala ko kasi nga, once ka lang puwede. And I’m very thankful, kasi ngayon, I’m sharing this cover with DJ, and ’yon, malaking bagay. So I’m thankful sa YES! talaga.

The power duo, who posed for ace photographer Mark Nicdao, also shared with YES! some details about their “relationship,” which only close friends are privy to. Daniel says that his way of making Kathryn go into kilig mode is through “asaran.”

“Paano ko siya pakiligin? Inaasar ko lang siya,” he says, laughing. “Bina-bad-trip ko lang siya. Gano’n ang kulitan namin, bad-tripan lang kami ng bad-tripan. Para may something lang lagi.”

Kathryn knows that Daniel’s “pang-aasar” is a form of “paglalambing.” The La Luna Sangre star explains: “Alam namin ’yong timpla ng isa’t isa. Magkaibang-magkaiba kami ni DJ off-cam, pero pag magkasama kami, nagbe-blend pa rin kami. Siguro ’yon ’yong pinaka-secret do’n is huwag kang magtago sa mga tao. Kasi, kung ano ’yong nakikita nila sa camera, gano’n din kami kakulit off-cam.”

Despite their public display of affection, the two have never admitted that they’re a real-life couple.

Daniel tells YES! there’s no need for such admission: “Kitang-kita naman na. Parang ano pa ba’ng kailangang sabihin? Wala na. Hindi na kailangang magsalita pa. Masyado nang klaro ’yong mensahe na ipinaparating namin.”

Kathryn, for her part, says that she prefers to keep certain matters of her very public life private: “Kasi public figures kami, so parang lahat naman, alam na ng tao. Very private ako na tao, so may mga bagay na ayokong ibigay lahat ng details. Ayoko na i-explain. Basta bahala na kung ano’ng isipin, pero ’yon ang importante sa akin.”

Who else made it to this year’s YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars? Find out in YES! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Stars 2017 special issue, featuring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla on the cover, now available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide. The digital edition will be out soon via the YES! app on Apple Newsstand, Buqo, Zinio, and Magzter.

Special thanks to the sponsors of this special issue: Bellic, BYS, Ever Bilena, Generika, Goldilocks, Halo, Kojie San, Omni, IVI, Revlon, Silka, Steeltech, and Tough Mama.

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