After releasing his online single “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita,” Daniel Padilla finally launched his debut album during his grand fans day on June 4 at the SM North SkyDome. The venue was filled with hardcore fans of the new teen heartthrob. Although Daniel has become used to doing mall shows all over the country, he was still flattered by the reception he got from his fans at the meet-and-greet which also served as the album’s official launch. “Nakakatuwa kasi yung mga fans kahit wala pa ako sumisigaw na sila. Pagkadating ko wala ng sigawan kasi sobrang pagod na sila (laughs). Siyempre natutuwa ako kasi nakakapagpasaya ako ng tao ng ganyan at saka parang mas gusto ko pa lalo yung makulit, yung masyadong maging energetic dahil sumisigaw sila. Sobrang masarap yung feeling. Ang balita ko may dumating ng 7 am dito, nag-aabang lang sa baba tapos yung iba medyo kanina pa rin naghihintay,” he said.
Two hours before the event, the seats were already full with fans. During the event, Daniel sang four songs from his album in between games with his fans and a surprise appearance by his parents Karla Estrada and Rommel Padilla who joined him onstage during the latter part of the presentation. Members of his band Parking 5 were also present to show their support for him. “Sobrang nakakatuwa kasi dumating din pati yung magulang ko at saka yung mga kaibigan ko andiyan para sumuporta. Nagulat ako kasi pati si erpats andun eh (laughs). Nahiya ako bigla, kasi wala talagang nakakakita sa aking kumakanta tapos ngayon may album pa, nabigla ako (laughs). Masaya siyempre kasi kahit hiwalay na sila, nagsasama pa rin as parang best friends kaya nakakatuwa kasi walang away-away, ganyan. Kaya lumaki din ako na hindi nag-rerebelde dahil bukas sa akin sila mama at papa. Kaya masyaang masaya ako,” he said.
Daniel said that although he has been playing the guitar for his band Parking 5 for the past two years, he never thought he would become a singer. The usually shy teen said even his parents never saw him sing while growing up. “Yun yung pinagtataka ko ngayon, napapaisip pa rin ako bakit naging singer ako bigla. Dati ayoko kumanta pero nagsimula ito nung kumanta ako ng first time ng live sa Gandang Gabi Vice ata. Dun napilitan ako kumanta tapos ngayon masarap pala. Feeling mo rock star na rock star ka (laughs). Dati kasi, nagpupunta kami ng Nueva Ecija tapos pinapakanta si mama. Nung una talagang gagawa ako ng paraan, lalayo na ako sa kotse namin pag may kakanta na kasi ayoko talagang kumakanta pero matagal ko ng gustong ilabas yung pagkanta ko,” he admitted.
If there was one thing missing from his grand fans day, Daniel admitted it was his Princess and I leading lady Kathryn Bernardo. “Wala, may trabaho siya eh. Sayang nga, nalungkot nga ako eh,” he said. But Daniel said that Kath did make sure to wish him well on with his event. “Oo naman, nag-usap kami kahapon. Sabi niya, ‘Good luck sa launching mo, try ko humabol,’” he shared.