At 17 years old, Daniel is one of the most popular teen sensation of his generation and already has an enormous fan base comprised mainly of tweens.
Thanks to his charisma which he probably got from the Padilla clan which include the original Bad Boy, Robin Padilla.
In 2012, he starred in the top rating teleserye Princess and I together with other teen idols Kathryn Bernardo, Enrique Gil, and Khalil Ramos, as well as veteran actors Gretchen Barretto and Albert Martinez.
On May 2012, Daniel cut a six-track debut album entitled Hinahanap Hanap Kita under Star Records which sold more than 10,000 copies in less than a week after it was released and has now reached Gold Record status.
In 2013, Daniel and Kathryn starred in the highly successful romantic-comedy series directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, Got To Believe. Due to the series' high popularity, it gained a fan base called G2B Army. The series also started releasing different Got to Believe merchandises like covers for tablets, hoodies, and shirts.