MANILA, Philippines -- Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla return with their second major team-up on television as a simple girl with big dreams and a rich boy from a broken family.
Aired Friday during ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block, the first trailer for "Got to Believe" traces the childhood of the characters portrayed by the well-loved tandem dubbed "Kathniel" by their fans.
As children, Chichay (Bernardo) and Joaquin (Padilla) form an unlikely friendship when he stumbles upon a circus where the high-spirited girl works along with her parents (Manilyn Reynes, Benjie Paras).
Coming from a family caught in conflict, with parents (Carmina Villaroel, Ian Veneracion) on the verge of separation, Joaquin finds comfort and happiness in Chichay's world.
The children's relationship grows with their shared fascination for "magic," as progress seems made between Joaquin's parents when they arrive together at the circus seemingly at Chichay's will.
Tragedy strikes, however, when a stray bullet hits Joaquin in the head amid high spirits during New Year festivities. While the boy survives, he grows up to live with the bullet not removed from the "silent spot" it was lodged in.
The accident cuts short the friendship between Chichay and Joaquin, but as fate would have it, the two, as teenagers, literally bump into each other at the same place they first met.
Set for a July premiere, "Got To Believe" will be part of a Primetime Bida line-up alongside the Judy Ann Santos comeback soap "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala," the Coco Martin-starrer "Juan dela Cruz," and another upcoming series starring Julia Montes, "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala."
The two new programs are expected to replace the Angelica Panganiban drama "Apoy sa Dagat" and the South Korean series "Missing You," which are both on their last week on air.
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina ("One More Chance," "It Takes a Man and a Woman"), "Got to Believe" is seen as the follow-up to Padilla and Bernardo's first "teleserye" success as a tandem, "Princess and I."