Saturday, June 30, 2012

Finding the one true...

XVI. And yet, because thou overcomest so
And yet, because thou overcomest so,

Because thou art more noble and like a king,

Thou canst prevail against my fears and fling

Thy purple round me, till my heart shall grow

Too close against thine heart henceforth to know

How it shook when alone. Why, conquering

May prove as lordly and complete a thing

In lifting upward, as in crushing low!
And as a vanquished soldier yields his sword
To one who lifts him from the bloody earth,
Even so, Beloved, I at last record,
Here ends my strife. If thou invite me forth,
I rise above abasement at the word.
Make thy love larger to enlarge my worth!

Sonnets from the Portuguese - Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Cebu ,  beautiful city of my  mind;  Holy Cross, Santo Nino and Lady of Perpetual Help; Lapulapu and Magellan;  home to otap, rosquillos, masareal  and dried mangoes;  lovely voices and tinkling guitars;  puso or rice in coco leaves aptly named; crunchy lechon and chicharon with laman that rival the best in the market; simple folk and boisterous laughter...what is in this lovely coastal place in the Central Visayas, Philippines  that liberates Xian's Kim to lose her inhibition and wipes  Xian's  forehead of sweat amidst hundreds of Cebuanos...a second time...only here in the city of Cebu.

                                             CTO - MBG Mall Show, Cebu City - 10-29-11
                                                Kim and Xian...outward show of affection...

 KimXi Thread - Pinoy Exchange 6-30-12Originally posted by kimzime View Post
Waaaaaahhhhh!!!!Di ako makaget over sa punas pawis ni kimmy kay Xian maylabs niya!!Sanay na sanay!!
Sa harap ba naman ng madlang pipol?Tapos mas lalo pa akong kinilig nung narinig ko boses ni Xian tawag niya name ni Kim ng ilang beses kasi concerned siya kasi nga dinudumog na si Kimmy ng mga tao!tapos nung magdikit na sila,parang may slight na hug siyang ginawa kaya sigawan kami pati ako nawala na!Akala ko nakarecord yung cam ko yun pala nasa standby mode lang!Kaya sigaw palagi ng mga tao "KISS KISS"!*****!Bakit ba di ko nakukunan yung mga punasan moment at slight hug na yon? - Thanks Kimzime.

Twitted 6-30-12
Aliel Kuizon ‏@alielkuizon
Dahil ang hot ng panahon sa cebu. ..napapunas tuloy c kim ky xian. .whew. . Wala ghapon q ka getover sa Face ni kim chiu ))

Aliel Kuizon ‏@alielkuizon
KIM CHIU WHY ARE U SO DAMN PRETTY! XIAN LIM WHY ARE U SO FREAKN' HOT n CUTE . . nawala gud ako poise pagkita nnyo. .****)

Aliel Kuizon ‏@alielkuizon
My 1st time seeing Kim Chiu that close was WOW. . On screen she's "sobrang ganda" pero in person, no word can describe how beautiCute she is
@lodgeanugmarez: @XianLimm ENLOVE *** ang peg nyo kanina ni kim sa grand it...pero sayang wala man *** free hug...hehehe
                                            CTO - Kim and Xian in Cebu 6-30-12  Part 1

CTO - Kim and Xian in Cebu 6-30-12

So again, what is in Cebu?  What makes people so open at converting to Christianity barely a month of the arrival of the the Spanish Conquistadores in April, 1521 and so brave and bold at defying them  leading to the demise of Portuguese Explorer Ferdinand Magellan commissioned by Spain to find another route to Asia and the Spice Islands.  There is a mix of submission and defiance.  

Is this still prevalent in present day Cebu?  Delving into  Kim  Chiu's persona I see the innate goodness, the shy smile, the easy laughter, the fragility, respect for elders, love of family, religiosity and spirituality but  I also see discipline; a strong will; and contrasting the fragility is her love for extreme sports like bungee jumping, skydiving, car racing and lately she has taken up horseback riding.  She is a good mix of the Cebuano traits.

Ferdinand Magellan (PortugueseFernão de MagalhãesIPA: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃w ðɨ mɐɣɐˈʎɐ̃jʃ]SpanishFernando de MagallanesIPA: [ferˈnando ðe maɣaˈʎanes]; c. 1480 – 27 April 1521) was a Portuguese explorer. He was born in Sabrosa, in northern Portugal, and served King Charles I of Spain in search of a westward route to the "Spice Islands" (modern Maluku Islands in Indonesia).
Magellan's expedition of 1519–1522 became the first expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific Ocean (then named "peaceful sea" by Magellan; the passage being made via the Strait of Magellan), and the first to cross the Pacific. It also completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth, although Magellan himself did not complete the entire voyage, being killed during the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines. (For background see Exploration of the Pacific).
Magellan also gives his name to the Magellanic Penguin, which he was the first European to note,[1] and the Magellanic clouds, now known to be nearby dwarf galaxies.Rajah Humabon of Cebu was friendly towards Magellan and the Spaniards, both he and his queen Hara Amihan were baptized as Christians. Afterward, Rajah Humabon and his ally Datu Zula convinced Magellan to kill their enemy, Datu Lapu-Lapu, on Mactan. Magellan had wished to convert Lapu-Lapu to Christianity, as he had Humabon, a proposal of which Lapu-Lapu was dismissive. On the morning of 27 April 1521, Magellan sailed to Mactan with a small attack force. During the resulting battle against Lapu-Lapu's troops, Magellan was hit by a bamboo spear and later surrounded and finished off with other weapons.[20]

Magellan's voyage led to Limasawa,CebuMactanPalawan, Brunei, Celebesand finally to the Spice Islands.
Pigafetta and Ginés de Mafra provided written documents of the events culminating in Magellan's death:(Wikipedia)


                                                            CTO - Magellan's Cross.

                                CTO - Marker - Magellan's Cross.

The City of Cebu (CebuanoDakbayan sa Sugbo) is the capital city of Cebu and is the "second city" in the Philippines with the second most significant metropolitan centre and known as the oldest settlement established by the Spaniards in the country.
The city is located on the eastern shore of Cebu and was the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. Cebu is the Philippines' main domestic shipping port and is home to about 80% of the country's domestic shipping companies. Cebu also holds the second largest international flights in the Philippines and is a significant centre of commerce, trade and industry in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
Cebu City is the centre of a metropolitan area called Metro Cebu, which includes the cities of Carcar, Danao, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue, Naga, Talisay. Metro Cebu has a total population of about 2 million people. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Lapu-Lapu City is only a twenty-minute drive away from Cebu City. To the northeast of the city are Mandaue City and the town of Consolacion, to the west are Toledo City, the towns of Balamban and Asturias, to the south are Talisay City and the town of Minglanilla. Across Mactan Strait to the east is Mactan Island where Lapu-Lapu City and an aquarium attraction are located. (Wikipedia)

There is a spirituality in Cebu that one feels once one sets foot in the place.  It was in this city in 1981 that  3 million faithful flocked to the Templete for the Papal Mass of Pope John Paul II; same year that the Sinulog Festival of Cebu  first started.  Cebu beckons and Kim Chiu who spent her early years in this historic and spirit-filled city radiates the essence of this spirituality. 

There is purity in Kim that is fed by God and the Saints of her devotion - Santo Nino and the Blessed Mother - a love for people that one may say, it is no wonder  she was never nominated for eviction during her PBB Teen edition days; declared Big Winner earning 41+ per cent of total text votes; embarked a showbiz career that is still booming as we speak.  The Chinese Cutie of Cebu, childlike and loving, continues to charm everyone from her early days in showbiz since 2006 until today 6 years later.  She has charmed everyone in sight and a special someone who spends a lot of his precious time with her after work--Xian Lim, a fast rising star that is streaking the showbiz firmament with dizzying speed.    

                                            CTO - Kim on the way to superstardom...
                                          CTO - Xian -  Looking into a brighter future.

                                               Xian Lim at cinemanews 06-29-2012
Xian on Cinema News  asked of  his visit to the Our Lady of Perpetual Church in Baclaran with Kim and her Ate Lakam, middle of the night, Wednesday, June 20th, the week prior,  to thank God for His blessings. Amazing young people, choosing to spend time with God in His Church, midweek, to thank Him for His graces.  Faith practised moves mountains.  This, all else set aside,   puts Xian on the top of my list for Kim.  

Cebu, Queen City of the South, a Princess with her Prince come avisiting; humble, down-to-earth, accommodating both; no airs, simple, ever smiling as  its people.  Pit Senyor!

                     CTO - Among Gabayan - Santo Nino, our Guide, composed by Fr. Jed.
                                          rendered by     Cebuana singer Sheryn Regis; 
                         Song speaks of Santo Nino, Protector, Guide, Help  Mediator to the Father,
                                                                    our Lord and God.

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim left for Cebu City morning of June 30, 2012 for the Halad Kapamilya 2012 or Alay ng Kapamilya in Tagalog, an ABS CBN outreach program for the Cebu indigents covering basic needs reminiscent of Kim and Xian's  Carson , CA trip. Their plane ride in a Cebu Pacific Flight was twitted by a co-passenger who got swamped by KimXis wanting to know more; this random guy got starstruck and did not expect the mad rush for him to twit back perhaps take a pic or two as he savored his 5 minutes of fame in the KimXi  fandom world.

Now boarding flight bound for Cebu. @xianlimm and Kim Chiu are also here on this flight. Good looking people ei!!! ‪#starstrucked‬ 
30m Jose Angelo Feria Jose Angelo Feria ‏@gelGELOgeller

"@MPutterill: @gelGELOgeller @xianlimm how about a photo then. ha ha trip."-tnx!I don't hav!Dey wer seated 2geder on d front row. 

33m Jose Angelo Feria Jose Angelo Feria ‏@gelGELOgeller
@hapi2beAKO @XianLimm @bingutokki haha! I didn't intend to be a paparazzi! I was just amazed and can't help but tweet it! Beautiful couple!

yes they were! Xian's seated by the window with Kim beside him! Now, that's detailed! 

35m Jose Angelo Feria Jose Angelo Feria ‏@gelGELOgeller
"@sarjesh7: @gelGELOgeller @xianlimm ..sana may pic ka sa kanila..."-Unfortunately, I don't have coz I couldn't. They were on d front row. 

59m Jose Angelo Feria Jose Angelo Feria ‏@gelGELOgeller
Just landed! Maayon Buntag Cebu!!! 

                    CTO - Kim and Xian in identical  His and Her's shirts-Halad Kapamilya event.
                                                                    Cebu - 6-30-12

So, again, what is in Cebu that has brought Kim out of her shell? What is in Cebu that makes Kim do something so uncharacteristic which conveys some outward show of affection; wiping Xian's brow, twice, both  times  in Cebu; October 29, 2011 and now, their second visit together to Cebu, June 30, 2011.  

So what is in Cebu that makes Kim show her real self more?    I can almost hear Kim say her version of it, " Mainit kasi ang Cebu".

 I searched  and found something  that could be the reason why Kim hangs loose in Cebu. Here it is.

"The Filipinos are divided geographically and culturally into regions, and each regional group is recognizable by distinct traits and dialects - the sturdy and frugal llocanos of the north, the industrious Tagalogs of the central plains, the carefree Visayans from the central islands, and the colorful tribesmen and religious Moslems of Mindanao. Tribal communities can be found scattered across the archipelago. The Philippines has more than 111 dialects spoken, owing to the subdivisions of these basic regional and cultural groups". (

Carefree, non-judgmental, happy where people are happy, where the environment is non-judgmental, Kim reveals herself more.  

So, let us then be non-judgmental; let us let Kim be; if she posts photos in her Instagram; let us admire the photos at their face value; appreciating them as they reveal Kim at that point in real time; her thoughts; unless she says so, let us not connect these photos with Xian; let us let Kim reveal them to be so; no speculations, no assumptions as these will just drive her back to her shell. That is just what I see.

There is  one other  place on earth that Kim feels just as she does in Cebu and it is the state of Xian's birth, California.  There, Kim also wiped Xian's brow while they were singing, Just a Kiss.  This is also where Kim revealed to the world that she is triple happy being together with Xian.  So Cali...what is in you?  Cebu and Cali, peopled by carefree people in Kim's perception. Is Kim feeling at home there too?  Could be.  When hearts, minds and souls connect, something good  follows.  Cebu,  Cali,  beautiful places of Kim and Xian's mind!

                                   CTO-Kim and Xian at the Home Depot Center, Carson, CA
                                Performing Lady Antebellum's Just a Kiss; 1:13 for the Punas
                                                                     May 27, 2012

Xian, you are so consistent in finding ways in showing your concern  for  Kim's welfare and Kim  is now reciprocating.  Your friendship has deepened.  May you continue to go, grow and glow in your love and care for one another in God's  will and grace. In seeking  to strengthen this love, may you find  the one true love in one another as you thank the One, True God for the gift of His love for you and the gift of each other!  God is good!

                                         CTO - St. Elmo's Fire - David Foster on the Piano
                    Somehow David Foster composing on piano and the horseback riding woman
                                                         evoke images of Kim and Xian for me.

                                  CTO    When God made you by Newsong and Natalie Grant



  1. What can I say? Again simply beautiful! luv it!!!!!!!! Ms.Tiu