MANILA, Philippines – Ever since he was first paired onscreen with Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla has grown to regard the young actress with utmost importance.
According to the Kapamilya heartthrob, the same may also be the case for his "Princess and I" leading lady.
"Sa bawat araw, sa unti-unting mga nangyayari, talagang mas nagiging tight 'yung samahan namin Kathryn," Padilla told "Showbiz Inside Report" in an interview aired Saturday.
"Kumbaga, mas nakikilala namin ang isa't-isa. Dati, normal na magkaibigan, ngayon iniisip na po namin ang isa't-isa kahit 'di pa naman kami. O kahit hindi pa naman ho kami, binibigyan na ho namin ng importansya [ang isa't-isa]," the young actor added.
Quizzed on the status of his relationship with Bernardo, with whom he was first paired in 2011 via the teen series "Growing Up". Padilla said they remain close friends.
He added that he cannot speak for the future of his relationship with Bernardo. He said he leaves it to the young actress to steer their friendship in a direction she deems fit.
"Siguro ho ngayon, sobrang close kaming magkaibigan. Nagkakaintindihan po kami," he said.
"Hindi ko po alam, dahil syempre na sa babae po ang sagot. Syempre, lalaki po tayo -- ano po bang karapatan natin para sabihin? Tayo lang ang mag-aabang, sila na po bahala magmaneho," Padilla added.