Thursday, September 25, 2014

In being true to...


Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life
Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. 
Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. 
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Steve Jobs  (CTO - American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.  CTO - Wikipedia.

 Xian Lim, looking confidently into the future; Kim Chiu, safely ensconced on his side; both enjoying the present moment in a backdrop of white, orange and blues which pretty much symbolize the values of the  3 years they have been together as a team up and as a team. White for goodness, orange for happiness, blue for trust and loyalty.  Kim , serenely holding unto Xian in a pose that spells forever caught exposing what  used to be hidden, literally and figuratively.  Kim, out of her chrysalis ,courtesy or with the help of a man who unexpectedly came into her life in God's "perfect time" as one loyal Twitter Kim and Xian admirer ,Pink Parasol , succinctly puts it, everything comes including change for the better "in God's perfect time".                                
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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” 
― Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross
Deconstructing Xian Lim and the lady who understands him fully, Kim...
When Xian was Alex.  Not anyone from his high school, his close friends or acquaintances ever envisioned Xian as an actor, more so as an international heartthrob welcomed by shrieks and screams whenever he appeared and performed; filling event venues to the rafters, blinded by flashing cameras and tugged and pulled once he bravely ventures into the crowd.  
Year 2006.  Still  chubby, introverted and shy  Alex (Xian)  at 17 , playing Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee in California with  his Mommy Mary Anne as co-host to the program. CTO - sickwidit650.  No copyright infringement intended; for entertainment only.
At 17 and in a very short greeting to the audience, Alex betrays the charm that the now adult Xian possesses in great measure and in 2014 , Alex now Xian,  still shy, still introverted, still quiet, still retiring but definitely still maintaining the discipline, the respect for people that bespeaks the traditional family values he was raised on  and which he strongly upholds. 
Though raised by a single mom in America, he maintained a strong relationship with his Dad whose influence prompted his return to the Philippines in 2008 when he was 19 to finish his studies in his Dad's alma mater and pursue a career in basketball.  Man proposes, God disposes.  Going with the flow, he rerouted from Basketball to showbusiness. 
Having been listening to music all his life, his Mom being a piano teacher and lover of the arts, Xian, shifted to the leanings of his mother, basketball being a longer route than expected. Before leaving America, he got featured in a movie video of a music composed by  his Mommy Mary Anne who also directed the video with the special participation of  veteran Philippine actress Gloria Sevilla. Xian or Alex then  also  accompanied the  group who sang the piece, Bituin ng Buhay Ko.
Still in California, Alex playing his Mommy Mary Anne's composition; notice the weight loss, slim and trim Xian, good looks enhanced. CTO No copyright infringement intended.  For entertainment only.

Year 2012. In Manila. Some piano playing on the side...Alex  now Xian performing with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Gerard Salonga (Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, USA; Summa Cum Laude) at the baton. CTO  Fan cam. No copyright infringement intended.  For entertainment only.
Anyone can just imagine the long hours Alex spent practising his classical  pieces to be good enough to pass muster of one Gerard Salonga, a perfectionist along the lines of  his sister, multi-awarded London's West End and Broadway performer, Lea Salonga. 
Passion, dedication, discipline  are qualities Alex  was armed with when  he left for Philippines to play basketball and  later  get into acting. Xian in his first full length movie, 2010 Cine Malaya Film Festival entry indie film titled Two Funerals that had him acting alongside veteran movie actress Tessie Tomas;  megged by awardee for Best Director for this same movie, Gil Portes.  Xian impressed his director.
                                 CTO          Xian in various crying scenes in Two Funerals 

Direk Gil Portes had this  to say of his star, Xian Lim--"After the screening, everyone was practically rooting for Lim a:s the next important star in the local biz. 'Naku, a star is born,' quipped veteran director Emmanuel H. Borlaza who predicted Xian as an awarded actor in the near future. 'Okay syang umarte' said Borlaza's fellow filmmaker Mel Chionglo. 'Magaling sya sa mga eksena namin,' observed talent manager, show producer and actor Francis O. Villacorta who has a cameo role in the road film.  'Grabe ang impact nya sa audience,' commented prize-winning production designer Manny Morfe.  Lim just smiled as admirers and well-meaning people gave him praises.  'Nagpapasalamat po ako kay Direk Gil for the offer to do a film with him,' intimated Lim, a management student of the University of the East."--
2011 proved to be a good year for Xian.  A turning point where he can peg his activities this way: Before or After My Binondo Girl.  He landed a meaty role in the  Teleserye Princess  Kim Chiu's new series, My Binondo Girl more for  his  Chinito features. Son of a rich Chinese businessman , Richard Cepeda and newbie actress, Marina Benipayo; Xian as Andy Wu was  third in  line for the hand of Jade played by Kim, daughter of a rich Chinese restarateur, Papa Chen, now the ultra popular, Ser Chief of BCWMH, Richard Yap.
Xian expected  his role as Andy  to be shortlived as he was supposed  to fall for Jade's alter ego, Yuan. His prolonged stay in the series was brought on by circumstances that rendered Matteo Guidicelli  and Jolo Revilla, two senior actors out of the endgame for Jade.
Year was 2011.  Xian as My Binondo Girl's Andy with  his enviable 6'2" height,  his chiseled features, his suits and their perfect fit, his hair, his luminous skin, his Chinito eyes, his voice, his piano-playing; and his  long, lingering gazes towards Jade   left the female viewers wondering,  "Who is this vision of delight? Where has he been hiding all along".?
New fans surfaced; fans who were more Korean telenovela watchers made time for a Pinoy series.  This Kim and Xian propelled show took off swiftly into the atmosphere like a shooting star leaving a trail of stardust that had the fans clamoring for more KimXi shows. . These were not regular Pinoyserye viewers, these were newly minted fans, thanks to My Binondo Girl.  The KimXi sizzling chemistry brought a tsunami of fans that flooded their mall shows and appearances in talk shows, ASAP etc..  
                                         When did the female fans turn Jandy?
CTO  Was it here ? The Accidental Kiss...

 Or here, Ako'y sa yo Lamang sang and played on piano by Andy Wu  to Jade at 2:46;  the car scene in rainy Tagaytay...the lingering gaze -  at 16:03.                    
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It was Jandy fascination that swept the Pinoy teleserye landscape that did not end there; it carried over into reality that led to the fanboying/fangirling over the growing closeness of the two co-stars, Kim and Xian and the birth of  fangroups that call themselves KimXi,  Katg KX Angels, Tropang KimUy, etc. 

CTO - The laser gaze that melted a  frozen heart... and a shoulder that healed a "broken wing"- a Jandy Carryover...this after MBG ended January, 2012.  


CTO   The Endgame...The "Accidental"Bridegroom - Xian Lim as Andy to Kim Chiu's Jade. 
The End that only proved to be the "Start of Something New" for the two  drove the fans into a frenzy of the when, where and wherefore  of the Kim and Xian Love Saga which included among others ,too many to mention here, the Inspired Composition that broke the ice; the Twin life-sized Teddy Bears, Rose-filled Van rides, the "You" Christmas Serenade: the Love Rose Tree,  Horse-back riding in Hawaii and the flower in her hair that signified taken; Subic jaunts, Star Magic Balls, U.S., Paris and London tours; Gymwork, Valentines Day  in a Yatch, Banana Boat rides; Bungee Jumping, Skydiving, Ziplining, Dinners, Movies, Browsing at a fave bookstore; even Promise Rings on the side and Will you be my date? banners, Family Intermingling; Papa Time, Mommy time; House construction and finishing, Cruisings in a Two-Seater;  and the nail that tightened the lid...Early morning Condolence Flight to Cebu.  

This is where the Wheels of  Fate, Destiny or God's graces falling to a most prepared and deserving one- Xian Lim.  He came capable, he came suitable and he came to the right place at the right time --My Binondo Girl in God's perfect time!  

Xian came quiet, awkward and told jokes no one understood, this from his MBG co-star, Kim. His presence did not create waves. nor did his acting until "their stars collided" in those scenes that defy definition and put the audience in awe of the two who only acted  once or twice  together before in short scenes are now heavily  carrying  the series by the strength of their undeniable and explosive chemistry and matching good looks.

Kim being bubbly and  spirited;  the "definition of sweet" according to Xian as her smile never left her even after more than 24 hours on the set , also never  got  tired of  getting him out of himself, engaging him in long conversations, forcibly laughed at his jokes until she finally understood them;  letting him feel comfortable among co-stars, staff and crew. 

Kim's kindness gained her a friend  in Xian who also  found his creative muse  in her.  Inspired by her he  gifted her a song, composed and sang by him.  Xian who has never finished a single song since he tried his  hand at it; finally succeeded in making  one, the rest would not be far behind.. It was  a song which expressed fidelity and love to the girl of his dreams; it was also just right for Andy, Xian's character, the Director of MBG included his original composition Ako'y Sayo Lamangt among the show's original sound tracks.

This was  a song that changed the Kim and Xian world as they knew it.  It left its muse in a place where she has never been, object of somebody's admiration expressed  in  a song inspired by one Kim Chiu; a song that spoke volumes of what the composer felt for her that must have made her look at Xian , this time ,in a totally different light.  

Xian's acting too  as Andy  was so  natural in his scenes with Kim as Jade; it appeared he was acting without really acting  which created such strong audience impact; leaving  the audience  craving for more.  Kim in her humility and kindness broke the barriers of Xian's being, releasing an avalanche of talent that up till now remains unplumbed as to the depth and breadth of it. 

Singer, composer, lyricist, host, pianist, trombone player, now venturing into dance and painting -oil and watercolor - Xian Lim for you.

Time of the Big Reveal...the words uttered with such relief "finally, finally, meron ng nakakaintindi sa akin, (finally, finally, there is someone who really understands me now )Xian of Kim; 
and, "he makes me laugh all the time"- Xian per Kim.
                       CTO Balitang America KimXi May, 2012 interview with Henni Espinosa

Understanding Xian, as Kim does...
The interaction of one who has already arrived in the business but is still hurting from a lost love with someone who is into psychology, has a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and the desire to be a "pakpak" or her wing while her own broken one is healing proved to be a gesture not lost to the people around them.

Some people  questioned Xian's intentions for going after Kim after MBG ended not believing that there are still good men in the planet and that one of them is Xian Lim.. Xian also does not have the 3rd world problems many have simply because he and his Mom and Grandma are "survivors of first world America; credit old-fashioned hard work and the  talent of a mother who  sold real estate and taught piano on the side. It was a tearful Xian himself who said, 'Mom, we survived", referring to their stay in America. (KrisTV Dec.,2011 episode.)  

His mother outfitted him with a condo and a vehicle to use in pursuit of his dream to become a Philippine actor.  Xian,  whom his Mom proudly calls a "dream of a son",  is also  Mommy Mary Anne's  first priority . preferring to stay in their ancestral home to be near his son who was only 19 when he decided to go Philippines in what may be called reverse migration.

Looking at his gentle, simple, soft-spoken and loving Mommy Mary Anne and his Dad, a varsity basketball player in his prime  who equally loves his son seeing how they bond in basketball and in Block screening of KimXi films, one can say, "the fruit cannot fall far from the tree. Xian who is described by very close friend Kim Chiu as a "gentleman, thoughtful, caring, funny, a hopeless romantic" cannot be anything but.  

His seeming coldness is just his natural self seeking  to burrow back into himself after a hard day's work to recharge, just as he goes into his music and favorite books, his painting to drive away the stresses that are not uncommon in his work which is exacerbated by his very shy, introverted nature. 

Some people go clubbing and drinking to unwind, he as with Kim, stay home with a favorite musical instrument, movie  or book or any activity that removes them from the madding crowd that can be maddening at times and have some "Me Time" to maintain equilibrium and deliver a good performance; a good show after.

Imagine if Kim and Xian do not have the passion, the dedication, the love for their work, they would disintegrate into little pieces of raw emotion, prickly and hard to work with given that their work can be so stressful in themselves.  They both love their jobs; they love performing but that is not Kim nor Xian as Kim and Xian are in real life.  That is their showbiz persona the people see.  

Kim and Xian  are leading real lives; not the lives of the characters they play.  They are only marketers of their own products--the movies they film  and the teleseryes they tape.  They are people like you and me who get hurt when poked, who also want to rest when tired, who cannot forever be smiling nor forever be frowning; there are just those certain days that are like that and if we catch them on their "frowning time days", let us not take that personally. We did not cause them  that but we can certainly aggravate them if one goes on a huff and retaliate  and do that on social media yet.  

Walang Personalan is the name of the game.

It is such a grave injustice towards the object of anyone's disaffection to go to the opposite side of the spectrum, meaning to go from being a fan who has hobnobbed with the stars on close encounters of the most kind and turn around and instigate others to bash these stars for some personal slight  one  suffered from these same stars.  If slight is personal, then let it stay personal.  There is certainly no pleasing everyone but with the amount of flak Kim and Xian are getting which are baseless and totally out of character reveals to anyone that this or these people doing what they do perhaps never had pure intentions coming into fanhood for Kim and Xian.

A priest once lectured us about intentions and how important it is to have pure ones coming into any activity be it religious or otherwise. He says and I paraphrase him,   joining a group  is likened to  baking a cake.  

If one has impure intentions coming into the group, it is as if one is putting kerosene as the first ingredient to the cake mix.  

No matter how many eggs, butter,  etc  come after, the cake will always turn out bad  because of the kerosene.  

If this is how we approach our fangirling then we only have ourselves to blame if the cake we are baking in this case the relationship we wish to establish with the stars is already ruined per se or ruined before it even started. The stars are also discerning and because of their experience they  can spot this malicious intent  from a mile away 

The stars have only the best that they can wish for their fans.  They are integral to their being stars.  They would not do anything within good reason to hurt their fans, it would be counterproductive if they do. 

Kim  is 2006 PBB Teen Edition Grand Prize Winner with 41.6% of the text votes during the finale and has survived the whole season without having been nominated for eviction, a record unmatched up till today. Kim is naturally friendly from having been raised one of five siblings who went from place to place together.She stayed in a single room with them among relatives in 6 or 7 places until they settled in Cebu, this family bonding experience though growing up quiet and shy  gave her this foundation of being around varied personalities at close quarters that gave her a lot of confidence to meet new ones.  

To Xian, Kim is a safe harbor, non-judgmental and seeing only the good in him in the way she constantly drew him out, teasing him no end; they developed this camaraderie on top of their admiration for one another.  Simply put, they enjoy each other's company.  There is Kim, completely understanding where Xian is coming from; with understanding, comes acceptance of Xian with all his flaws and imperfections; with acceptance comes, shall I say it aloud, L O V E?  Not farfetched at all, given Kim's specs of one fair, tall, Chinito with a high bridged nose delivered in the presence of her PBB housemates, caught on cam and archived.

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Here's Da One as ordered.

Ikaw or You

. Xian is a good mix of   strong traditional values seen in his love of family, respect he gives elders, gentlemanliness and modern  ones in his being techie and adept at social media .

However, due to a childhood deprived of strong attachments; bullied in turn for his weight, he is perceived by many   to be socially awkward; cannot think on his feet for the right retort when teased; unable to strike a conversation unless spoken to first; apt to say the politically incorrect thing when caught off guard' Xian has the behavior of a geeky nerd belying his extreme good looks and enviable height, at times likened to a modern-day Adonis by those who have seen him.  

Chubby as a child until aged 17, there is likelihood that Xian does not see himself as the handsome guy people tell him he is.  His solitary world of books and music did not prepare him for the real world of intrigue and standards low enough to see one guilty until proven innocent if one makes a false, not necessarily , a wrong move. "Hindi sya masyadong marunong makihalubilo, kasi silang dalawa lang ng nanay niya sa mundo nila,, so hindi sya marunong ( sa tao) Direk Joyce Bernal. by Reggie Bonoan Online Balita, July 26, 2011.  Loosely translated to mean"He has not learned to mix with people, he and his Mom are the only ones in their own world, so that is why  he has not learned how to be around people.", says Direk Joyce Bernal of Xian.

Believing in me, myself...Xian comes on strong...
A good reason perhaps why Xian would  not respond to his bashers in the social media or what is written in the tabloids is because he has an understanding of how he is deeply misunderstood  by these people and his confidence in those who profess loudly that they are for him and by him is high; his confidence in who he really is against the opinion of those who do not know the  real Xian or refuse to know  for reasons unknown is strong.   His self-esteem is intact, his confidence in himself growing especially after he watched  Chinese (Taiwan)American NBA L.A. Lakers player, Jeremy Lin's inspirational film..  Following is Xian's reaction addressed to Jeremy Lin.

xianlimm  CTO Xian's Instagram
Thank you Jeremy Lin for inspiring me big time! Your movie was amazing and the message you put out there are so meaningful. I can relate with so many rejections, so many things being taken away from me...also, that moment when you feel like you're in cloud 9 then all of a sudden everything just falls and smacks you in the face. When everything just feels like a complete mess and you're asking yourself where life is going to take you. I hope everyone can watch your Linsanity film so that all the underdogs, all the people being looked down on, and everyone who is striving for greatness will know that they a chance to be the best they can be. Just put in hard work, passion, motivation, love for the game and trust in God. Oh and i'll be working on my jump shots 24/7 now. ���������� If ever you get a chance to read this @jlin7, thanks for inspiring me to do better��

Almost at the same time Xian quoted the  following:: CTO From Xian's IG.

                When no one else believed in me, I did.    

Kim and Xian have   friends who openly root for them  on twitter and instagram i.e.- Mr. Rico B. Hizon, BBC Business News Anchor; Ms. Kris Aquino, Queen of All Media;  Mr. and Mrs. Jopet and Stella Sy of Mint;  Drs. Recasata of F&C are some of them;  millions of fans worldwide, a number of them quite active in following them;  trending them on twitter; friends in and out of the industry who are in the background but can be counted on and closely-knit families that have intermingled with each other  in so many occasions and most of all a Father God whom they worship and who always hears the cries of His people--Kim and Xian are fortified.

Kim Chiu, Xian Lim only 24  and 25, respectively, have arrived at this place where expectations are high, more success deemed a given, this place at the top which can be lonely as they are easy prey for the boulders rolling their way from above and rocks pelted at them from below.

Kim and Xian, a tandem that has earned the admiration of many and the jaundiced eye of a few continue to be true to themselves--loving towards God, family, friends, fans and each other; fiercer now for the experience, stronger as they survive the rigors of night-turning-into-day work; competition, time constraints, unwarranted criticism, paparazzis, limits of physicality and endurance.

Kim and Xian, fans all over the world salute you for your commitment, your resolve to make your fans happy by your output--your film, your future shows; your fans, myself included salute you as we thank you for leading us, despite your youth, to trek the path of righteousness in worshiping a good and generous God whom you follow faithfully expressing this with your own generosity of spirit, in word and in deed.

In being true to yourself, you have succeeded in being loved for who you really are.  There was one who has said, "I'd rather be disliked for who I am than be liked for who I am not" or to use stronger words, "I'd rather be hated for who I am than to be loved for who I am not."  There is virtue to truth, it sets one free. 

From Xian Lim's greatest supporter in the social media, comes this:  CTO Kim Chiu
chinitaprincess Now
happy birthday @xianlimm! thanks for always being there for me no matter what,,, like literal na no matter what time, what day, what occasion!! thanks for all the jokes whenever i feel down and for making me smile and laugh all the time!! really appreciate it!!����continue to share your tons of talent and inspire other people!!! always remember im always here for you!!!����excited for ur milestone prod tom sa asap!!! yahoo!!! hahaha���� happy birthday xxxxxxxxxiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!! ������������ mwah!!!!!�� @xianlimm

Xian's quick response to this effusive thanks and more from a very private Kim which in itself takes a lot out of Kim;  to which Xian , in true gentleman fashion, after thanking Kim says"I am happy where she is happy.  If this is not L.O.V.E., I wouldn't know what is.

There is good progress!  In 2012, when Kim first joined Instagram, we never saw Xian in  and if we did, he would be doing a wacky pose with some other.  Her "thank yous" to Xian for monumental gifts as the Love Rose Tree were just that , "Thank You" without mentioning the giver.  Though everyone knew who it was from, mystery shrouded Kim's answers to reporters' questions. Xian's photos were cropped out to Xian's dismay complaining to Kim on Twitter who "cattily" countered with, "crop me out too"; with a smiley to cushion the blow;  at times  photographer Xian is not credited to which Xian goes and complains what is happening here?  It is July, 2014 and there's Kim's effusive thanks  best wishes and assurances and she even has a collage of their off-cam photos that picture them in their out of town jaunts and  gym work too!

Could we still call it "crush na crush" after the Promise Rings?  Would it not that be a huge misnomer?  Oh well, I still go by, "Action speaks louder"  and nothing spells louder than Kim's kilometric birthday greeting with words like "I will always be here for you", add to that her belief in Xian's tons of talent and his ability to inspire people add to that,  photos galore.  

Kim has declared her independence from hurt and pain since June, 2012 and now two years later she has taken courage to show her heart for all to see, on the date her man was born. What a tribute!  

The perennial Giver (Xian) is now the Gift and also the Recipient of the Gift (of Recognition)!  We now see Kim's profuse thanks and the person she is giving thanks to! This is the day  the Lord has made, let us  be glad  and rejoice in it!   

Words like "special", "precious" , "in time" flow from Xian's lips and his, "alam naman ni Kim na may gusto talaga ako sa kanya", "Kim knows I realy like her"; gentleman Xian remaining courteous, respectful.   We will wait.  Patience is a virtue.  There is still the movie, Past Tense and a teleserye we all hope will  materialize.

Two beautiful people, true to themselves, Kim and Xian!  Two beautiful hearts, beating as one!  CTO Kim and Xian.
CTO Endless Love by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross..No copyright infringement intended; for entertainment only.
                                         CTO - AZ Lyrics - No copyright infringement intended. For entertainment only.
                                                                "Endless Love"

My love,
There's only you in my life
The only thing that's bright

My first love,
You're every breath that I take
You're every step I make

And I
I want to share
All my love with you
No one else will do...

And your eyes
Your eyes, your eyes
They tell me how much you care
Ooh yes, you will always be
My endless love

Two hearts,
Two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun

I'll hold you close in my arms
I can't resist your charms

And love
Oh, love
I'll be a fool
For you,
I'm sure
You know I don't mind
Oh, you know I don't mind

'cause you,
You mean the world to me
I know
I know
I've found in you
My endless love

Boom, boom
Boom, boom, boom, boom, booom
Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom
Oooh, and love
Oh, love
I'll be that fool
For you,
I'm sure
You know I don't mind
Oh you know
I don't mind

And, yes
You'll be the only one
'cause no one can deny
This love I have inside
And I'll give it all to you
My love
My love, my love
My endless love

I most sincerely thank owners of pics, vids, lyrics, articles I have used in this blog.  I have not interviewed Kim and Xian personally; whatever assumptions I make are purely my own humble opinion.  Thanks for the read.  

Friday, July 26, 2013

When you really want...

CTO -  Simple, down to earth, a dreamer - Kim has remained to be these and more.  She has grown  fiercer, bolder, more articulate, perceived  all in a month after the death of her mother Louella and in the "closure to that chapter" of her life, Kim emerges a butterfly out of her chrysalis. 

CTO - Monarch butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.
Monarch Emerging from a Chrysalis  

CTO - Kim Chiu, 23, strong and fearless has this to say to her detractors, especially those who question her love for her mother; boldly, she declares, "I don't owe them any explanation". (DBuzz-7-21-13)  There are things she shares to the public being a public figure and things she keeps to herself; and being a product of a reality show she is well aware that she cannot please everyone.  

     CTO - D'Buzz 7-21-13 - Kim's interview with Host Boy Abunda.
Boy A. -- "Alam ko, nararamdaman ko kung ano ka kamahal ni Xian", bold affirmation from a talk-show host; first time and it happens  to be The Boy Abunda.

Kim, at 16, was Grand Prize winner of the first Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Teen Edition, garnering 41.6% of total text votes over three other Grand finalists; had never been nominated for eviction during her stay at the Big Brother House by for her great attitude, honesty and strong will to win in all her tasks while there.

CTO - The butterfly, Kim's favorite art object in her sketches also symbolizes her coming into adulthood and the consequent maturity that is seen in her approach to life and the people who matter to her; her source of strength amidst her sorrows, foremost of whom is the man whom she spends almost all of her waking hours with, her strong shoulder to cry on, her bulwark of strength, Xian Lim, here shown in his characteristic loverly look at Kim.


         CTO  The Royal Couple - Reel and/or Real? That is the question.
Kim and Xian before start of Grand Press Con of their movie Bakit Hindi ka Crush ng Crush Mo, July 23, 2013, Dolphy Theatre.

CTO - Kim and Xian, all smiles at the Grand Press Con.  Just don't press them too much about their status; you will just end up more confused by their answers from when you started.
And when prodded to elaborate, Kim, seemingly exasperated over the nagging question, said, “Ano ba? Masaya naman po na kasama si Xian. Nakikita naman po natin na palagi siyang nandiyan para sa akin nakakatuwa kasi nandiyan ‘yung pasensiya, oras, paghihintay, willingness. 7-24-13.

Kim, bumalik ang tiwala sa lalake!
Pigil na pigil ni Xian ang sariling magsalita sa kung ano talagang meron sila ni Kim. Kung mabibigyan lang siguro ng go signal si Xian ay puwedeng umamin ito agad sa kung anong kaganapan me­ron sa kanilang dalawa ni Kim. 

Man proposes, God disposes. 
2013 is a year of sharp contrasts  for Kim Chiu.  This is the year her world turned upside down. She suffered significant losses  which set her back some. She also had significant gains.

Early in the year, Kim lamented a "wasted" friendship.  Notwithstanding, her professionalism still stood out; earning for her the respect of her peers for keeping her work in Ina, Kapatid, Anak  untarnished by her personal angst.

Midyear in May, 2013, Kim and Xian  guested  in this show in Mindoro, the place where her father and his second family reside. Kim , with Xian in tow, visited her Papa William in   peace and reconciliation ending an estrangement of five years from Papa Chiu, this momentous event witnessed by the only other significant man in her life outside of her brothers, Xian Lim.  

The Reunion.CTO Papa William Chiu and daughter Kim, May 29, 2013 in Mindoro, Xian in the background, talking to Kim's relatives.

Xian, Kim with her half-siblings in Mindoro - May 29, 2013.
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Sickness in the family. Less  than three weeks after this joyous reunion, Kim's world was shattered by the news that her mother whom she had been wanting to see since she left the family when Kim was only nine years of age is back into their lives but in coma and in hospital in Cebu from cerebral aneurysm with two ruptured arteries in the brain. 

The Daily Shuttle - Manila-Cebu-Manila. Mama Louella's  condition was critical and Kim who still had a movie to shoot and other showbiz commitments  shuttled between Manila and Cebu daily to be at her Mama's bedside to talk to her, urging her to be strong so that she could now go back to Manila with her and stay with her for good. This went on for six days unbeknownst to everyone except close members of the family.

A Blessed Time. A time of asking for and giving forgiveness to a dear Mama who is on the verge of leaving her dear daughter for good; her favorite among all the rest being the youngest girl and the one who learned her prayers and her religiosity as they prayed and went to Church together.  Such a legacy to a daughter who imbibed all this prayerfulness all in a span of nine years of her young life spent with her Mama. 

                                   CTO  Mama by Connie Francis

Kim spent more years without her biological mother than being with her but in those nine beautiful years of being with her, her Mama Louella  left a legacy of prayer and hope in her young heart that buoyed her up in the  long days and nights without her guiding light. 

Hope still springs eternal for Kim who is a believer in a Life after life here on earth and in a love that stays always and forever. 

Death in the Family.  On an ASAP Sunday, June 23, 2013,  Kim still performed leaving for Cebu late in the evening and on that fateful night when Kim was still flying to her side, Mama Louella breathed her last.  

It was a time of great sorrow for a daughter, her Mama's favorite, never really understanding why she left the first time, this time perhaps, not also understanding this second departure, clothed this time by a finality that is irreversible and irrevocable. 

The Boyfriend. Xian who had a show that evening in Pampanga took an early morning flight to Cebu to "check on Kim", condole with the family. CTO 
Xian, in hoodie and shades, trying to go incognito, lost out to  an airline  agent who twitted  his whereabouts to anyone and everyone in twitterlandia; this was morning of June 24th when the boyfriend rushed  to be with his girl who was at that time at the lowest point of her young life; losing her Mama the second time, this time into forever.

"Nung time na wake, the day when her mom passed away, she flew to Cebu, then after that I followed to check up on her, kung kumusta na nga siya," Lim said.
CTO - Kim posted a poignant letter to her Mama Louella, a letter of hope and thankfulness for the grace of time with her Mama, a time of sharing her love to her in talk knowing from the doctor that the last to go of the senses of a patient while in coma is the sense of hearing.  
Photo: From Kim's IG.. be strong @prinsesachinita

CTO - Xian's IG - 6-28-13.  Storm clouds over Bantayan, Cebu  left Xian and Mommy Mary Anne stranded in the island until morning of 6-29-13; day Kim's Mama would be laid to rest with funeral services starting at 9:00 a.m.
Xian looking out, so near and yet so far from being with Kim after his Bantayan show. 

Typhoon Gorio was headed for  Eastern Visayas and a  sea travel advisory was issued by the Coast Guard against small craft including the ferryboat crossing Bantayan Island to mainland Cebu, Xian and Mommy Mary Anne's only way out of the island.  

The Show must go on.  Three days after her mother died, Kim had to leave for Bangkok, Thailand to honor a commitment hammered in a contract made since two years back between her agency, Star Magic, and an international company for a commercial shoot that could not be postponed without incurring a lot of cost. 

In showbiz parlance, "The show must go on," even while her mother lie in state in a Memorial chapel in Cebu. Kim left with a heavy heart but assured everyone concerned that she would approach the company to allow her some time to attend her Mama's interment , June 29, 2013.  The company graciously allowed it but Kim had to fly back to Bangkok to fulfill her contract.

The Controversy. Kim's  trip to Bangkok in June 26th with big sister Lakam drew severe criticism from an unknown writer forwarded from an known source to a certain blogspot known for the notoriety of its blind items.

To people who dishonor  her beloved  dead and her time of mourning, Kim reacted with some uncharacteristic vehemence on twitter.   24 Jun  "i dont get the point on why this blog site always "MAKE-UP STORIES"??? just for the sake of his followers. #respetonamansana"

There are just some people in this world  who ignore lines of decency regarding the dead which should not be crossed and it is really  shameful that this would be happening in a country which  is known to revere its dead. 

Even the indigenous peoples consider a period of mourning, with the dead still lying in state,  as sacred. 

While her Papa William, siblings Kim and Lakam and boyfriend, Xian were asked a few words regarding Kim and her bashers, all of them were one in asking for understanding and respect for Kim in what she was undergoing at that point. Kim kept mum and refused a request from D'Buzz for an interview on the subject. What more can she say?  

The Final Farewell
CTO - Kim, with Papa William, sisters Lakam and Twinkle at the funeral cortege. (brothers William Jr. and JP not shown)

CTO Kim with elder sis Lakam, looking distraught and sad at the funeral Mass for their Mama Louella, St. Therese Parish Church, Lahug, Cebu City Philippines.

CTO - The family bidding farewell to beloved Mama Louella - 6-29-13.
"Farewell awhile beloved, you have only jouneyed on ahead."
CTO - Kim, eyes still swollen by tears and darkened by sleepless nights, manages a smile after her return from Bangkok.  Here with close friend and considered surrogate mom, Dr. Sheila Recasata of Faces & Curves.
Photo: cto: Kim with Doc Sheila of Faces and Curves

JULY and its CATHARSIS.   The healing winds of July.                               

The Movie.The month of July came and  in its early days brought  the breath of fresh air that Kim needed.  

Her two weeks leave of absence from finishing her movie had ended and she needed to go back to work to  the crazy world of Sandy Veloso in the full-blown comedy Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo with Xian as Alex Prieto.  

Kim confessed that the set was very understanding of her situation where daily she willed herself to do her job--go from a spirit of mourning to a whirlwind of laughter-inducing dialogue in the movie adaptation of Ramon Bautista's self-help book megged no less than by Direk Binibini Joyce Bernal.            

CTO Enroute to their seats for the BlogCon for Bakit Hindi Ka  Crush ng Crush Mo, the movie - 7-14-13; Kimmy demure, Xian seemingly saying,  " Don't worry Kim, I got your back!"  

Star Magic™ OFFICIAL ‏@StarMagicPhils 23 Jul
"She's every guys dream girl."-Xian (to Kim) @xianlimm @chinitaprincess #BakitHindiKaCrushNgCrushMo #GrandPresscon 

CTO - One of Star Cinema's official posters  for the KimXi movie showing 7-31-13. 

CTO Cinema News 7-23-13 KimXi interview re BHKCNCM. 

CTO - Grand Presscon - 7-23-13  

And the ANSWER is...
Their  reel and real lives intertwine and some people, fans and reporters included, get bogged down in the words that the two weave in the hopes of protecting the privacy they seek which are given away by the so many acts of love they do for each other; love as there is no other way to term it from the way these acts are done - way out of the "comfort zone" of one another. Kim and Xian, you befuddle us.

@ ] chinitaprincess HAPPY BIRTHDAY XXXXXXIIIIIIIII!!!!!!! @xianlimm   2w

CTO Happy Birthday Xi! He calls him "Xi". Surprise birthday party for Xian, conceptualized, organized, orchestrated by Kim; totally appreciated by Xian as he claims this is completely out of Kim's comfort zone;  totally not Kim.  This now is Kim with a difference; a Kim who's in love and is willing to go overboard for her love.  Kim, isdatchiu?

CTO -No one but the closest of friends and families of Kim and Xian only figured in Kim's invitation list  and now we hear, there is a slideshow too, prepped by Kim!  Indeed she's amazing or may I say, amazingly in love!  

Only when one is busy that one can accomplish a lot more!  So it is true, that if you wish anything done quickly, give it to a busy person.  

So Xian could only say, "saan, papano?"  He wonders when did Kim ever had the time and for her to escape his eagle eye!  Love conquers all! Go Kim!

CTO - A fan's account to be taken with a grain of salt; Kim surprise birthday party for Xian later confirmed by Kim and Xian in their succeeding interviews.
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CTO Fans have noticed that  @chinitaprincess has been quick with her Likes lately.

"@xianlimm: never been this surprised! thank you everyone who came sa early celebration! Palagi ko inuulit kay @chinitaprincess na wag sya masyado mabait kasi baka maubos! haha...thank you to my tita, tito, cousins..@ton_lao salamat sa pag singit ng sched hehe...@apuysy @jopetsy grabe ang galing nyo mag pretend na hindi nyo alam and lola very game din!  first time for me to see everyone together maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!"

CTO The birthday celebrant and his extended family, some of them from Canada on vacation in the Philippines.
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CTO  -  KrisTV teaser of episode featuring Kim and Xian to be aired Monday, 7-29-13.  
Xian happily recounting the surprise birthday celebration tendered by Kim July 11, 2013, day before his birthday. Kris reacts. (Pls. see below)
Kris: Happy ka na napahappy mo siya Kim: oo nman Xian: Meron pa nga siyang ginawang slideshow eh! Kris: ano yung song? Xian: uuuuuyyyyy!!!
Kris: Kimmy natutuwa nga ako na umieffort ka ng ganyan eh! (Kim smile) Kris: Ano nga yung song ( tawa si Xian)

CTO Exuberant birthday boy posted a rare photo of them two with this caption:
#‎XianLimm‬ :still here with my dubbing partner @prinsesachinita ‪#‎BakitHindikaCrushNgCrushMo‬ Am tempted to change "dubbing" to loving or add loving.  "dubbing and loving and hoodie partner".  Love radiates here. This was a day before their departure to Paris.

The Dream. The Trip. The Dream Destination. A First for both.
The year that was saw Kim and Xian finishing both a TV series, Ina, Kapatid, Anak and a movie, Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? almost simultaneously that perhaps drained their energies which perhaps also prompted them to mention in separate interviews their desire to take a break and hie off to a place outside the country, preferably Paris and/or Rome.  

There was this guessing game as to when and where this vacation together or by their lonesome  would be happening  and Xian's quote which sets aside  the import of one's destination than with whom one is going with made the guessing game more intriguing as this means he plans going on a  trip with someone special.

A window of opportunity opened.  A  TFC event, the  29th Barrio Fiesta in London, July 20, 2013, featuring Kim and Xian as main guests,  narrowed the continent to Europe  and the sight of the  Eiffel Tower on instagram saw Paris as the preferred city and its being known as the City of Love up the stakes in its favor! 

CTO - The intriguing quote...the company one is with more than the destination. What this means perhaps is one may go to Paris but if the company is not the preferred one, the journey would not be at all gratifying or worth it.
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Why Paris?  Here's Kim's answer: ] 
chinitaprincess nakakaiyak!!! haha one of my childhood dream is to see the eiffel tower someday.. and... nangyari na sya!!! hihihi yay!!:) #paris #cantsendmyIGviditsaysprocessing pano kaya to?...   1w

Paris. City of Love 

CTO - Dream Girl and Dream Boy off to Paris to fulfill a dream.  7-15-13.  
Photo: More airport pics.  credit pic to @elizafab

CTO - Proudly twitted on. Confirmed. Kim traveling with Xian and his family.
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CTO - To London via Paris. Kim and Xian fulfilling a dream. 
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CTO - Kim's Love at First Sight. chinitaprincess OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!! Im so excited and i just cant hide it!!! :-) hahaha BONJOUR PARIS!:)   1w
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CTO - Kim and Xian at the Eiffel Tower. "Accidental" photo of the two?


CTO Kim and Xian blew in and out of Paris into London on a whirlwind visit that had them visiting the sights releasing "selfie" photos.

No photos with one another except when KimXis of the planet chance upon them and like the approachable artists that they are smilingly pose, breaking the fast of no photos together since they flew into the most romantic city of the world dubbed as the City of  Love. 

CTO - Fans who were brave enough to approach Kim and Xian are witnesses to our thinking that the two were indeed in Paris together since these fans twitted the photos themselves and sharp KimXis took it from there.

CTO  - To the curious - please check Xian's hand/s. Xian in the shadow of love.
CTO  Where Xian extolled love being amazing in his Instagram; Kim expressed some question about how strong would those locks hold and whether the people who put them there would have persevered in their love.  Kim and Xian being the hopeless romantics that they are must have sealed their love in that Love Lock Bridge; why else would they go there?

There are things, Kim says, that she keeps to herself.  One of those things would be the exact nature of her relationship with Xian.  

There are strong indications as to what they are to each other from their demeanor but neither Kim nor Xian are open enough to admit that Yes, they are a couple ; that yes, they have plans of staying together for keeps.  

Kim is more reticent and more questioning where Xian is amazed by love as he sees the wishes of many in the locks that abound at the bridge of love and the thousands of keys thrown down River Seine to seal that love.

Do they have a lock in the bridge with their names on it and did they do the ritual of throwing away the key?  

Jopetsy's post to Kim (pls. note below) points to that. Jopet requests to look for the lock he and wife Apuy locked on the bridge too. TOO is the operative word. They "locked it on that bridge too" which implies that Kim and Xian had a lock padlocked on that same bridge.

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CTO - Love Lock Bridge at  Ponts Des Arts loaded with thousands of lovers' locks padlocked into the bridge with their keys thrown down into River Seine; City of Love, Paris.

From Paris with Love to London.  Timed with the arrival of  the Teleserye Royals now venturing into a movie was the excitement and the waiting game by the British Royals Prince William and Duchess Kate for their royal baby now we know as His Royal Highness George Alexander Louis, third in line to the British throne.  

CTO  London sights. Big Ben. London Eye.  Where is Kim?
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Excitement was in the air but for the KimXi followers and fans in London and neighboring countries, nothing could  beat the excitement of  meeting  and greeting  the Royals, Philippine version--Kim Chiu and Xian Lim!

Team KimXi Pinoy Exchange member Tessie11 was beside herself with excitement with the concert of her two girls the following day, evening of Saturday, July 20, 2013 but that can wait.  

Tessie  with her older daughter, Florence, drove for four hours (one way) from their place to Hampton Court in Surrey to finally see the beautiful couple who fill  KimXis' minds, hearts and lives with joy - Kim and Xian. 

Tess drove; she knows some who took the train or flew from neighboring countries to be at the Barrio Fiesta and watch Kim and Xian perform but first the meet and greet.

Here is Tessie's daughter Florence do a beautiful rendition in violin two songs closest to the hearts of Kim and Xian - Ako'y Sayo Lamang, Xian's composition for and inspired by Kim and their favorite song in duet, When you say nothing at all.  Note the excitement of the two as they recognized the songs.  CTO Tessie's video.

London show.
CTO  Amidst a backdrop of blue skies and cottony clouds, Kim in white, beautiful, ethereal, display none of the colds, cough that she nursed the day before and beautifully performed  before a capacity  crowd of wildly enthusiastic fans estimated at more than 50,000 especially when she and Xian appeared together.  The show must go on!
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CTO  Chinita Princess performing before a sea of people estimated at 50K +

CTO The Chinito Prince visiting London.  7-20-13. 29th Barrio Fiesta sa London.
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CTO - People flocked wherever Kim and Xian perfom!  People magnet. Loved by the madlang pipol.  Thanks London!  

CTO  Lovers in Paris now in London regale the crowd with song.
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CTO Well, well, well,  it is now  Lovers in London.  Xian and his sudden headturn  earned him a kiss in the lips which also earned him some "hampas". 
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CTO There's a song called "Cheek to Cheek" and its first words are, "Heaven, I'm in heaven And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak And I seem to find the happiness I seek When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek"
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  CTO -  Cheek to Cheek  by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

Let us go down Memory Lane and be refreshed. In the early days there were the life-sized teddy bear, composition, Alay ko Sayo; health food, "Harana", offer of himself to be her "pakpak", her wing while her own wounded wing was healing; Love Rose Tree, Salmon from Alaska hand-delivered to the door from airport; dinners, Brian McKnight Concert; meeting with relatives in Cebu; bonding with the Chiu siblings in MetroManila; birthday celebrations for each other, gifts galore, exclusivity, time, patience, willingness and all-out effort. 

There is consistency in Xian, in what he says and does, and Kim recognizes his sincerity. Slowly but surely, wounded and fearful, Kim's defenses, fears slowly crumbled.  She opened up even into social media showing slices of her life and her thoughts which is clearly a Xian influence. 

CTO - Feb 1, 2012 First indication that Kim opened an Instagram account.
XIAN LIM ‏@XianLimm                                                                                 Feb 1

CTO January, 2012 at Republiq    CTO February 13, 2012 Faces and Curves                                                          Xian rushing in from Legazpi City.                                                                                    
 CTO First couple pic on Xian's IG signaling the beginnings of a new-found love in Xian. 5-26-12                  

CTO  Balitang America Interview - May 26, 2012.  Kim here is shy, diffident, but also very true to self with her Kimberly voice and deferring to Xian when he chided her to stop her childlike giggles while listening to Xian's heartfelt message for her.

CTO Showbiz Insider Report - aired July 20, 2013 - Notice the ease and air of comfortability Kim and Xian have with one another..."Sandalan nila ang isa't isa" - SIR - Carmina Villaroel. 
Here,they do a literal  "sandalan", preferring to stick close to each other with Kim's right arm overlapping over Xian's left one with Kim diffusing Xian's pronouncements on how surprised and happy he was for this "out of the comfort zone, hindi talaga si Kim" gesture of Kim in  taking the sole responsibility of   organizing  Xian's 24th birthday celebration at a fancy restaurant with all of Xian's relatives known to Kim present including those visiting from the U.S and Canada. 

CTO May, 2012 Carson, California - Kim and Xian on different planes arriving an hour of each other and the shy hug for the fans' cameras.                                                                                                                          
Hug Circa 2013 - April 21,  2013,  Kim initiating.

CTO - The Kandong before London July 20, 2013.

CTO - Kandong London version - July 20, 2013.

CTO  "Kim is every guy's dream girl" --Xian. A beauty, inside and out.

Sabi ng young actor, “Si Kim talaga ang para sa akin, every guy’s dream girl. Para sa akin, si Kim talaga.”
CTO - a fan comments on the above article...
Naniniwala ako sayo Xian Lim kasi crush si Kim Chiu nina Robi Domingo, Kean Cipriano, Paulo Avelino, Carlo Aquino, Sam Concepcion, Enrique Gil, Arron Villaflor, JC De Vera, James Reid, Marlon Stockinger, Enchong Dee, Martin Escudero, Slater Young, Jason Francisco, Hero Angeles, Jhake Vargas, Roco Nacino, Steven Silva, Wynn Adrada, Arjo Atayde, at ng mga basketbolistang sina Simon Atkins, Wesley Gonzales, Carmelo Lim anak ni Samboy Lim Certified CRUSH NG BAYAN!" --SK18  

CTO  Kim's Xian..."gifted and talented and everything"...

CTO Yahoo OMG Hottest Love Team of the Year! Kim Chiu and Xian Lim

They have this chemistry that sizzles and catches those who see them, watch their shows, their appearances unawares and they find themselves struck - star or love, immobilized; that cameras can be forgotten; for fear that the beautiful awe-inspiring feeling, that excitement might slip away if one moves! KimXified! 

CTO - Kim and Xian thanking everyone who helped them win as Yahoo OMG Love Team of the Year Award twice over (2012-2013) and for Ina, Kapatid, Anak as the Teleserye of the Year Award!

CTO  - Kim Chiu @ Bench Universe 2012. Fiercer, Fearless and Bolder.

                                  I flew too close to the Sun and I got burned,
Plummeting back to Earth is how I returned.
Bursting into flames as I fell back to the nest,
A pile of ashes where my head used to rest.
Just like the Phoenix, from the ashes I rise,
As I soar, my fiery wings light up the skies.
                                                     by Dan Hoger

 CTO - The Phoenix Rising.  Kim Chiu now flexing her wings. An eagle after the butterfly.  Whatever stance Kim takes, we are with her in her innate goodness and humility.
Kim Chiu as a Phoenix rising from the ashes, she draws strength from her family and from her superhero, Xian Lim. 

“Masaya ako kasi thankful ako sa mga nandiyan for me. 'Yung totoong nandiyan for me.” Chui was referring to her family and her rumored boyfriend Xian Lim. “Pamilya ko, of course, lagi naman silang nandiyan, sila ang inspirasyon ko sa kung anuman ang nangyayari sa buhay ko. Hindi naman sila bumitaw sa akin. And si Xian siyempre,” she said. 

Kim  blossomed and continues to bask in the sun of  Xian's assurances, his utmost respect for her person, making her see her worth, that as Xian says, "I just want to show my respect, to give her what she deserves and she deserves everything", a strong declaration of a man in love with a woman  whose life approximates his own in terms of early childhood insecurities and loss.

CTO - Teaser of  Kim and Xian on Deal or no Deal with Host  Luis Manzano to air 7-27-13.  Notice the very high comfortability Kim has around Xian.

CTO Xian and his Banana jokes tickle Kim pink every time.  First to laugh at his jokes, Kim never fails to mention that Xian is  funny on top of being caring, thoughtful, napakabait  and a hopeless romantic.

CTO - Xian after cracking a joke in an IKA taping lull time...early days of Celyn on IKA, from her simple outfit. "Gigil" then.

CTO  The Look;  the "gigil" remain; Xian - consistent; BHKCNCM shooting lull.

Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo  shooting early July, 2013.

CTO - DOND taping;  Kimmy  version of "gigil", lower right photo. Photo: The prize of picking the right briefcase, will their No. 2 prevail til the end? Kapamilya Deal or No Deal with Kim and Xian this Saturday na.. super nakaka-excite! ❤❤

As the month of July comes to a close,  Kim and Xian are caught in this whirlwind of promotional activities for their first movie together, Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?  Their guestings in morning, afternoon, talk, travel and game shows flow from one to the other.  

Resilient and running on adrenaline, Kim and Xian draw strength from each other and no matter how beleaguered they are by the perennial question of, "Are they or aren't they",  they still manage to come up with such circuitous answers that are sometimes laughable or come  blunt as to say in Tagalog, "what does it matter to you if we are or not?".  

Indeed what does it matter? Not to us who see more and better than the rest thus the question no longer arises in our circles. We just claim it!  Promise Ring, remember? The Promise Ring too was accepted by the recipient and proudly announced just as the birthday celebrant is shouting from the rooftops his beloved's labor of love in getting all the people who matter to him under one roof with a slideshow to boot lovingly prepared by her in a memorable birthday celebration in an upscale resto that will go down in Xian history as the first ever done for him in that grand a scale by no less than his girl, Kim!  Need we ask?

Guestings galore.  Kim and/or  Xian for BHKCNCM movie promo.

CTO Team KimXi Birthday celebration for Xian. 7-24-13 

CTO Admin Mommy Evs and Admin JP giving tearful messages for Xian. KimXi managing their loverly looks at each other still!

CTO Team KimXi Admin Mommy Evs and Admin JP's meaningful messages

CTO Kim Chiu's message to Birthmonth boy Xian.

CTO KimXi pic with Team KimXi Admin Mommy Evs and Admin JP

CTO Xian birthday wish, candle blowing and Kim-led birthday song!

CTO Cheers for Xian - Direk Joyce, Kim, Team KimXi

CTO Xian doing Gentleman dance at Kim's stage managing. Team KimXi party.
SANDY&ALEX❤7.31.2013 ‏@hapi2beAKO 3h  
NapakaCHIUportive naman ni Kim :-))) mave_nice's photo

CTO Tropang KimUy Birthday celebration for Xian 7-24-13

CTO Xian at Headstart with Karen Davila.     - CTO  Headstart     - CTO  Headstart

CTO - Kapamilya Deal or No Deal.  Magic No. 2 

CTO  No. 2 in their jerseys.  Destiny?

CTO - The excitement is just too much!  DOND!

CTO KrisTV to air Monday 7-29-13. Kim and Xian in their sporty best!
Photo: "@chinitaprincess: done with #kristv taping!:) thank you kristv and ofcourse ate @krisaquino214 for the super fun chikahan and adventure!!! thanks ate!:) mwah!!! @darlasauler di kita nakita kanina.,"

CTO"@deejayecuadrado: Abangan sa ‪#‎kristv‬. Sino etong naka-bullseye sa ‪#‎archery‬‪#‎bakithindikacrushngcrushmo‬"  

CTO  Xian's new hobby.  Playing cupid, Xian or playing for the Asian Games?
Photo: "@deejayecuadrado: Abangan sa #kristv. Sino etong naka-bullseye sa #archery? #bakithindikacrushngcrushmo"

CTO -  Movie promo - Davao.

CTO Sandy Veloso on Ihaw Na!

CTO - Kim and Xian heading for their car or whereever at the end of their  day of work, serenely walking away, arm in shoulder, in a journey that could mean forever. What a beautiful sight since both are unaware that they are in the sights of someone's camera, their walk preserved for posterity; a peaceful scene of two people attuned to each other, their thoughts perhaps  brimming of thankfulness and love. (KrisTV taping 7-25-13)
"@chinitaprincess: "the best things in LIFE aren't material "things". they are moments, feelings, lessons, faith, discoveries and truth." have a lovely day everyone..  ‪#‎onmywaytothedream‬

@chinitaprincess quote is so apt to the wondrous things that have happened between her and Xian, her "accidental loveteam", intentional love.

All in God's grace and will.  Thanks be to God.

They have this movie that is foremost in their minds and ours and may become an "accidental blockbuster".  

In the realm of the spirit, nothing is ever a coincidence or accidental.  It is in the will of God  or in man's and granted or allowed by God.  

Prayer is power. May God grant us our dearest  wish that  our much loved Kim and Xian may enjoy a  major blockbuster in Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? Thanks be to God!

We thank Star Cinema for having  Kim and Xian star in Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?, 3rd film released in celebration of its 20th anniversary;  Ramon Bautista for his material, Direk Binibining Joyce Bernal for her directorial genius, the stellar cast and talents, the scriptwriters, editors, staff and crew of the Production team, most of all Kim and Xian for this offering!

As Paulo Coelho has said in The Alchemist, "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it."  

I sense the excitement and I thank God for using the universe as an instrument for the fulfillment of our dearest wish!

CTO From the movie Serendipity - When you know by Shawn Colvin

When You Know Lyrics 
by Shawn Colvin. From Serendipity

When You Know by Shawn Colvin
When you know that you know who you love, you can't deny it. 
Or go back, or give up, or pretend that you don't buy it. 
When it's clear this time you've found the one, you'll never let him go 
Cos you know and you know that you know. 

When you feel in your skin in your bones and the hollow 
Of your heart, there's no way you can wait till tomorrow. 
When there isn't any doubt about it once you come this close 
Cos you know and you know that you know. 

You can feel love surround you like the sky 'round the moon.
This is how love has found you, now you know what to do. 

When you know that you know who you need, you can't deny it. 
Or go back, or give up, or pretend that you don't buy it. 
When it's clear this time you've found the one, you'll never let him go 
Cos you know and you know that you know. 

And it's time you come in from the cold. 
And you know that you know.