Sunday, June 3, 2012

Seek and ye shall find...

"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened to you."  (Matthew 7:7-8, Ignatian Holy Bible, Catholic Edition)

There is a God and He loves us. This love is never more evident in the intertwining lives of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim.

Adversity is also a gift in God's dictionary.  Kim and Xian received their fair share; Xian bullied in middle school took control of his weight, joining basketball and the track teams.  

 As a kid, Xian found it difficult to make friends in the States. In an interview with the Dec. 2011- Jan. 2012 issue of Chalk magazine, Xian admitted that he was called names for being chubby and the bullies always took his money.
“People didn’t want to hang out with me, I had a lot of insecurities like,”I’m so ugly.” -(Asian Journal)
“Crazy how Alex "Xian" Lim is now a Filipino movie star and model in the Philippines. Believe it or not, we were next door neighbors in Daly City and biked together when we were 11. And graduated a year after me at Westmoor High School. I'm proud of his accomplishments and i hope to reunite with him one day. #FamousalumnifromWestmoor”

Kim, growing up without a mother, turned to her surrogate mother, elder sister Lakam and her grandmother for guidance and support.

All giddy (?) Kim flanked by elder sisters Ate Twinkle and Ate Lakam;  seated is the Matriarch of the family, Kim's Grandma; prior to dinner with  members ot the extended Chiu families; Xian attended the gathering  in his   first formal introduction to the family/ies , March, 2012.


The good influence continues.

Kim and Xian saw their need and  let go of their shy and quiet natures when it was time for them to work and perform; defying currents, if they must, as the salmon in its life-cycle does. (pls. read )

Both Kim and Xian  grew up prayerful and are regular Church goers.  Fans have sighted them in various churches, solo and/or together.  They worked as if everything depended solely on their efforts and prayed as if everything depended on God. Work and prayer in tandem.

As Kim and Xian trudged the straight and narrow path, Divine Providence showed its hand.  Arriving Manila from the U.S. to pursue a dream in 2008 at age 18, Xian got rerouted to try his luck in Philippine showbiz, same year.  

Xian's  first TV appearance was in a Kim Chiu-Gerald Anderson starrer as a photographer to Jasmine and Julian's wedding, My Girl, in the last and 75th episode aired September 2008.  As fate would have it, Xian as Andy Wu played  bridegroom to Jade Dimaguiba, Kim's character in My Binondo Girl, January, 2012. 
               My Girl - 2008; Xian as wedding photographer to Kim and Gerald's characters.

Xian's rise from wedding photographer to bridegroom was a slow and sluggish one.  He had shows and appearances in spurts in contrast to Kim's instant fame from PBB.  Kim was already a star when Xian came in as one of 3 leading men for Kim.
                           My Binondo Girl - 2012; Xian as Bridegroom to Kim.

From leading man and co-actor to Kim, Xian took another reroute; this time as Kim's suitor.  Kim  on a hiatus from romantic love since late 2010 after a dramatic breakup from long time first-love, Gerald Anderson, publicly declared that she still had trust issues though she was open to love again.  

Xian, who protested any plans of pursuing Kim at the start, found Kim's  sweet disposition irresistible. Long before plans of him being Kim's ultimate leading man in the show were made; Xian was already falling for Kim, gifting her with a life-sized teddy bear, made her listen to the only song he ever finished composing inspired by his growing feelings for Kim, Ako'y Sayo Lamang;   showing her extra special attention befitting someone he truly cares for.

Their communication continued even after My Binondo Girl. Xian overwhelmed Kim with  more  surprises, romantic gestures true to his romantic nature--Harana in December, flowers galore in her van, a Tree of Heart and Roses; Messages on Instagram; and food gifts for the family and household help which Kim also took time to say her many thanks  adding, " nakakahaba ng hair", an expression to mean, making her feel her worth as a woman. Kim also took Xian to her own personal and recreational activities with her sisters and brothers.  The getting to know phase intensified.

Slowly the icy heart was melting under Xian's relentless pursuit.

"Hindi naman nakasara ang puso ko hinihintay ko lang na may kumatok."  - Kim Chiu, Star Studio Magazine, Feb. 2012.

    CTO - Xian knocking on his microphone when Kim's  above statement was read to him by Elive Host Bianca Gonzales.

"If I feel it, hindi ko pipigilan ang sarili ko." - Xian Lim, SSM, Feb. 2012.

Fastforward June, 2012, Kim and Xian's friendship continue to grow.  They spend almost all of  their non-working hours together in dinners, movies, concert, Chiu family events, even horseback riding at Subic, etc. Meeting  each other's families puts another dimension to the friendship.  Kim and Xian are in a better place now compared.  

      CTO                Balitang America aired June 1, 2012
By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America
June 1, 2012

CARSON CITY, Calif. – She is one of the hottest, most bankable Kapamilya celebrities. He is Philippine show business’ newest “It” guy. Together, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu form a power love team.
And Filipino-American fans cannot get enough of them, especially those that witnessed their undeniable chemistry at the recent Para Sa Inyo Kapamilya benefit concert in Carson, California.
Xian and Kim were first paired in the hit ABS-CBN teleserye, My Binondo Girl last year. Xian, who grew up in Daly City, California ,was then a newbie. Kim was already a star. But from the beginning, their tandem sizzled on screen.
Xian said, “It’s not hard to imagine falling for someone like Kim.”
Kim chimed in, saying, “I feel the same. Look at him, Xian’s cute.”
Even after My Bindondo Girl, Xian and Kim became even closer. Xian has met Kim’s family from Cebu. Kim has met Xian’s mom and grandmother. Xian said, no regular, ever gets introduced to his family. He said that’s reserved only for someone “special” and then he looked at Kim and smiled. Kim smiled back.”
Xian and Kim are set to star in an upcoming ABS-CBN drama series titled “Ina, Kapatid, Anak”. Although both are rumored to be dating, both do not want to define their relationship just yet.
For now, they do want to say just how much they mean to each other.
Kim said to Xian, “Thank you for making me laugh all the time. Thank you for listening to my problems.”
Xian responded, smiling, “Thank you for being there. Finally, someone gets me. What we have is something I look forward to each day.”
If you want more of Xian Lim, catch him on Saturday, June 2 at Mare Island in Vallejo, California. Heart throb Gerald Anderson and singer Sheryn Regis will also be part of TFC’s collaboration with Pista Sa Nayon.
You may contact Henni Espinosa at for more information.[/B]

Kim,  catalogued the physical attributes of her ideal man to be: "matangkad, maputi, matangos ang ilong at Chinito" to her PBB housemates in 2006. Sounds like someone close by fits the bill.

Xian on the other hand, who goes beyond the physical, being a more mature 22 to Kim's 16 when she mapped out her ideal man; opts more for a good, understanding and sweet person  for his ideal woman.  Xian is so blessed; Kim, the woman of his dreams is a beauty inside and out. 

God listens to the cries of His people. He is merciful and true.   Kim and Xian are two solid examples of actors who pray, work hard and are loving and forgiving to boot.  Graces are aflowing! 

Kim and Xian are reaping a good harvest-- Kim, retaining her hold as ABS-CBN Primetime's Teleserye Princess, a movie with Gov. Vi, surging fandom; Xian, a bountiful recording album, a movie, a teleserye with Kim, another movie with Kim, adoring fans and multiple endorsements.   God is good! 

               CTO   Something Good of Sound of Music, 1965
                    Julie Andrews and Bill Lee

 "For somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good."  Thanks be to God always!

CTO- In the earliest stages of his pursuit, twitted this song to be played on radio, perchance....
                     God gave me you - Bryan White                  

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