The secret… your grandpa and I chose to love each other every waking day until the last day of his life. You know, some people think that forever is not possible kasi most of them think that forever is perfect. Wala namang perfect, hindi ba? I was not a perfect wife to your lolo and he was not a perfect husband. We just chose to believe in forever. So? You see what we’ve learned? Forever is giving one another unlimited chances to love you right everyday.
—  Lala (Pilita Corales), Bride for Rent

We strip down the hottest love team of the moment in the season’s bare essentials. Kim Chiu and Xian Lim revisit the 90s and sweet talk their way to our February 2014 issue. #KimXianForPreview

Photographed by Jo Ann Bitagcol
Styling by Liz Uy (Kim Chiu) and Raymond Gutierrez (Xian Lim)
Art Direction by Vince Uy
Makeup by Albert Kurniawan
Hair by John Valle
Nails by Len Malicdem of Nail Spa

  • Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko
  • Daniel Padilla
  • Got to Believe OST

“Even When My Hair Is White”

When we are older
I hope we won’t change
Anytime, anywhere
This is my wish

Could you still kiss and hug me?
Until we grow older
I am just asking you
Will you still love me?
Even when my hair is already white

The day will come
Your hair will also become white
We shall reminisce together
Our memories of the past

We shall bring back the past
I will remind them to you
My promise
Is that my love will always be yours
Even when my hair is white


DISCLAIMER: I tried my best not to mention spoilers but forgive me if I hinted on some stuff. :D This is also my first ever legit movie review (not counting the ones I did for film class haha) so bear with me. Just think of this as a fan’s personal critique :))

As an avid KimXi fan, it’s a no-brainer that I was very excited to catch ‘Bride for Rent’ in the cinemas. Honestly, my only initial expectations for this movie was that it will be very kilig and funny, just like most local romantic comedies. But post-premiere night tweets and comments made me expect for more. Also, knowing that Direk Mae Cruz was the director (and I loved 'Shes’s the One’) and Ms. Carmi was in charge of creatives (AshLloyd movies yo), I assumed there will be more to this movie than laughs and kilig and that this will be more enjoyable than 'Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo’. BHKCNCM was a great and fun movie, but ‘Bride for Rent’ is clearly sooo much better than the former in terms of entertainment value and story. They really leveled up with this one. :)

When you watch the trailer, you’ll get the feeling that you know how the story will flow from start to end. Rocco hired Rocky to pose as his wife to get money, they will struggle as a couple with a few laughs and kilig moments from time to time, fall in love, realize they have fallen for each other for real, deal with major conflict and make up though a corny reconciliation and eventually end up together. And you might say, “Ugh. Same old same old romcom movie”. But if you just give this movie a chance, you will be pleasantly surprised. I know I was. Yes, its premise is very familiar and it’s given that they will be the endgame but the entire journey that this film will make you go though will give you a fresh, new and worthwhile experience. And trust me, I have seen almost every Pinoy romcom there is and I guarantee that BFR will stand out if placed beside others.

Of course, expect to see the usual staples in Star Cinema films - the quirky barkada, the lovable family members, the that-explains-why part, the “music video” segment, the LOL scenes, the quotable quotes, the punchlines, etc. These are all things I was looking forward to. Apart from Rocky and Rocky, Lala is also one character you are bound to love. Another thing I like here is that the conflicts were established without any villains (even the slightest hint of typical kontrabidas), third parties, etc. It was just Rocky, Rocco and the circumstances surrounding them, the issues and secrets that were unfolding as the movie progresses.

“Isn’t it amazing? Isn’t it surprising? Isn’t it?” - Rocky

The performance of the actors is also something to look out for. Although I’m a huge Xian fan, I admit that there were times before when I was a bit uncomfortable watching him cry on-screen. But in this film, I can safely say that he is definitely a REVELATION like what others were saying. His crying scenes, scene with Sir Tirso, piano scene are my favorites. Yes, there’s still lots of room for improvement but he’s on his way to becoming a legit dramatic actor. So proud and happy that he’s finally being recognized for something other than being the handsome and charming chinito that he is.

Kim, on the other hand, delivered very well as expected. I am glad that she finally found her place as a “Rom-Com Princess”. You will appreciate her comic timing, her charisma, her ability cry and make it look so freaking easy and her chemistry with Xian (of course). KimXi’s appeal and magic contributed greatly to this film’s success and that was well-highlighted. They undoubtedly bring out the best in each other. But, there is so much more to this movie than just KimXi’s kilig factor. Prepare for moments that will make you laugh, brim with kilig, and will tug your heart and break you (in a good and meaningful way).

I also love how they incorporated a sense of authenticity to the film through the AVPs. It was very smart and really gave the movie a kind of authority. I was really not expecting to cry and I rarely cry in movies like this. Usually, films that make me shed tears are those where someone dies tragically (A Walk to Remember), about pet loyalty (Hachiko) or those involving fictional characters (Toy Story 2 & 3). But, something about this movie just pierced through my soul and I found myself crying in the theater (which I hate doing lol).

Even after leaving the cinema, you will feel the sincerity of the movie. I know in my heart that this movie did not just hard-sell me a love team, bombarded me with tons of kilig and funny moments and merely offered me almost 2 hours of escape from reality. Rather, it aimed for something simple yet very meaningful - that is to present you a familiar topic and make that topic relevant to you regardless of your status (single, married, MOMOLing, it’s complicated, etc) and regardless of your romantic background (NBSB, broken-hearted, man-hater, etc). I am personally quite inexperienced when it comes to love and relationships but this movie taught me a lot of things, things I will bring with me and will guide me in my future decisions.

“May puso yung pelikula”. Many films would claim this but you’ll feel it if it’s really true and not just a marketing ploy. BFR remained true to its promotional plugs and delivered more than what the public expected. The heart of this movie is to make you believe in LOVE, in MARRIAGE, in COMMITMENT and in FOREVER. I have always believed in these things especially commitment but this film strengthened my beliefs and principles about relationships. Given that you’re still not convinced about converting to a commitment advocate, the least that this movie would do is go into your thoughts and make you emotionally involved in the process even if not permanently. It will make you think of and appreciate many things.

At the same time, this film shares an important lesson about change and forgiveness. You may be wounded by your past or by particular circumstances but that doesn’t mean you have to be broken forever. There is still hope and you can always choose to become a better person and have a better life. :) My only negative comments are that there was a certain scene that’s quite similar to a scene in BHKCNCM. I don’t know if it was intentional but a different setting or situation would’ve been more suitable. And, I guess having a memorable cameo appearance would’ve also been a good touch. There were also moments when some punchlines or supposedly funny dialogues did not make me laugh or were out-of-place and probably some mushy scenes were too cheesy for others haha (but I fully appreciate them lol) and the element of predictability was strong on some parts. Lastly, the road to reconciliation was a bit rushed. A serious and heartfelt talk scene between Rocco and Rocky could have been added and perhaps a short confrontation scene too with his dad? But, the minimal flaws are overshadowed by its strengths and great impact.

I believe the best movies are the ones that present essential elements in a balanced manner and in a way that people can relate to. The kilig, the humor, the drama and the injecting of values are all well-balanced and well-presented here. What good is an artistic film or well-thought story if people cannot connect with it right? 'Bride for Rent’ managed to be both entertaining and relevant without neglecting good storytelling. You don’t go and say, “Gah it was all too mushy and corny” or “Gah it was too hard to swallow”. As Claudine Barretto’s character said in an old flick,“Parang chewing gum na masarap nguyain”. This is a movie that you will savor and wouldn’t want to spit out until it ends. You would probably even want to experience the whole thing again.

To those who are allergic to or traumatized by commitment, to married couples who feel like they’re losing that loving feeling, to those who don’t believe forever is possible.. I strongly suggest you watch this movie. As I mentioned earlier, it might not drastically change your mind about certain issues, but it will make you realize a lot of important things in life and in love. :) For those who already believe in forever or those who are currently in a happy relationship, watch this still and be reminded of why love can last a lifetime. Plus, you’ll get to laugh and feel all giddy too. :) Seriously guys, this movie has a beautiful message. It’s a shame if you won’t go and see it.

Congratulations and good job to the whole team! Kim, Xian, Direk Mae, Ms. Carmi, all the supporting cast members, crew, etc. This is definitely one of my favorite Pinoy rom-coms! And, I’m not just saying that because of Kim and Xian. :))

“Forever may not be perfect, but it’s possible.”

Xian Lim @ Bandila 01-22-14

Fast talk: 

Tito Boy: Sinong mas kuripot?                                                     

Xian: Ako

Tito Boy: mas  matakaw?      

Xian: Ako parin..

 Tito Boy: makulit?

Xian: kaming dalawa

Tito Boy: sinong matiyaga?  

Xian: a.Ako..syempre kaming dalawa*sabay tingin sa camera*

Tito Boy: sinong mas adventurous?

Xian: Siya

 Tito Boy: predictable?

Xian: siya

Tito Boy: Who’s vain ?

Xian.. Naku! magagalit yun siya.. babatukan ako nun, sige nga Ako na nga..*laughs*

Tito Boy: short-tempered?

Xian: Ahh..Naku! Kunin ko na lang rin *sabay kamot ng ulo*



Crazy how two years makes a difference. He’s still the same. Attentive. On the left, July 11,2012 at Xian’s birthday party celebration with the KimXi fan club ‘Team KimXi’. He pointed out she had something on her face and left her to try and wipe it herself. After a few seconds he turned back to her and attempted to help her himself but she pulled away. On the right, 2 years later at the Bride For Rent blogcon he did the same thing, however there is a major difference. This time she didn’t pull away 

Pinoy Parazzi Vol 8 Issue 57 May 06- 07, 2015

• Angel, racist dahil sa tweet? • James at Nadine, effective ang loveteam kahit walang something • Xian, aminadong nasasaktan sa mga pamba-bash • Vice Ganda, naghihimutok • Pacquiao, ooperahan sa balikat • Davide: ilang probisyon sa BBL, labag sa konstitusyon • Bondal, balak kasuhan ng kampo ni Binay

Continue Reading… http://www.pinoyparazzi.com/pinoy-parazzi-vol-8-issue-57-may-06-07-2015/

Why A KimXi Onscreen Breakup Shouldn't Happen Yet

DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this entry was to explain why it’s not a good idea to split them up now regardless if it’s true or not. Also, it’s a plea for clarification about the issue. With all these unconfirmed reports popping out of nowhere every now and then, we want peace in knowing the truth.

If you’ve been in the loop lately, you may have heard of unconfirmed reports circulating online about Kim Chiu and Xian Lim parting ways as a love team (Don’t cry huhu). Rumors say that Kim will be paired with Coco Martin in her next soap (Come again?) and that Xian will also have a new leading lady in a soap under Star TV (Umm..what?). Although there are no official announcements yet from the management that would clarify if these claims are true or not, KimXi fans like me reacted very strongly online and even initiated trending topics to air sentiments about the issue. 

A few months ago, it was announced that Kim and Xian will star in a primetime teleserye soon under Dreamscape. We were so overjoyed when we found out about it because we waited for this. Prior to the announcement, we’ve been constantly requesting for a follow-up KimXi TV project after Ina Kapatid Anak through Twitter parties and stuff. We weren’t given much details as to what the story is or who the other cast members are. What mattered for us at that moment was that we have a teleserye to look forward to. 

So when news broke out that there is a possibility that this KimXi primetime soap will no longer happen and that KimXi will be goners soon, we freaked out of course. It doesn’t help that nobody bothers to deny nor confirm the issue to calm our nerves down. I just hope someone credible or someone from management would just shed some light so we aren’t left here hanging and confused, not knowing whether we still have something to hold on to. 

KimXi never had a TV series that they can call their own. My Binondo Girl was Kim’s post-loveteam launching soap. Although the story shifted to give way for the blossoming Kim-Xian tandem, it was still Kim’s soap. And that was okay back then since Xian basically just began his road to stardom and the KimXi love team was being tried and tested through that show. After MBG and KimXi’s growing popularity, it was just rational to put them together in another show right so they had Ina Kapatid Anak. Judging from the title alone, you know it’s not a love story, it’s the usual grand family drama with a powerhouse cast and explosive twists. If you watched it from start to finish, you would know Liam’s character was very much “support” in nature, that the CeLiam angle took forever to develop and that it felt very forced. Things only started to pick up in the latter part of the show.

So can we count IKA as a KimXiserye? I don’t think so. It was another Kimserye, or Kim+Maja series. The show really was more about the mother-daughter relationships, rivalries and emotionally stressful conflicts. But ok, maybe they were thinking Xian needs more building up and that they wanted to expose the KimXi love team with minimal risk so they just squeezed their love angle in a family drama where their love story isn’t really in focus and their tandem wasn’t fully in the spotlight. Despite the nightly frustrations, we watched and supported IKA till the end. We waited and pleaded for them to have moments because we love KimXi that much. 

Our hopes and dreams for KimXi were realized through their films, Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? and Bride For Rent. Even though it’s known that Kim is the bigger and more established star, they were both given chances to shine and showcase their talents. Yes, Kim is first in billing but you know Xian was a big part of the movie as well. He was given a big role that’s crucial in the story and he was given moments. I’m gonna be brave in saying this was more evident in BFR, where a lot of the film’s conflicts had to do with Rocco and he was also given a couple of dramatic scenes. Xian just needed the right opportunity to shine and show his potential; Star Cinema gave him just that. 

At the same time, Kim also began to be known as a “RomCom Princess”, a new crown that she rightful deserves. It’s not a secret that Kim is a darn good dramatic actress but I have to say she is at her best when she does projects like this. She is definitely in her element. Most importantly, KimXi’s chemistry and magic were maximized and were prominently featured for the world to see just how wonderful they are, especially when together. Star Cinema recognized KimXi’s crowd-drawing ability as a love team and banked on that. They let their team-up take center stage through these films. They trusted KimXi to deliver and boy did they deliver! Their first big-screen project (BHKCNCM )was a huge box-office success; raking in more than P100 million. Their second one (BFR) was an even bigger blockbuster, earning P100 million in only a matter of 4 days and reaching the P200 million mark in 8 days. Together, they proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in terms of generating profit for the network and in attracting legions of followers.It was a TEAM effort. 

So I really don’t understand why they would want to split up this beautiful tandem this soon? I get that some people see this as a blessing in disguise for both Kim and Xian. Kim would finally break free from love teams and would fully mature as an actress. Xian would finally make a name for himself without people accusing him of riding on Kim’s fame. Honestly, I’m also tired of hearing people say that Kim is not growing as an artist because she’s still into this love team cheesiness and that Xian is a nobody apart from being the other half of a popular tandem. It hurts really. I guess having them go separate ways would prove their detractors wrong. Kim and Xian are at their best when they’re together but it doesn’t mean they can’t thrive without the other. They are both talented and charismatic so I’m sure they will do well even when they do different projects and I’m also confident that their special friendship will remain intact. 

But that’s not the issue here. I know there would come a time when Kim and Xian will have projects with other partners. It’s bound to happen eventually and I know it would be helpful for them too. But why break the momentum now when they’re still pretty hot and in-demand? I don’t think I need to explain this that much. Let their blockbuster movies and constant trending topics speak for themselves. I would understand if they would have different partners in their next films because SC already gave them two and I’m very happy and grateful for those. But KimXi’s power tandem is not yet fully utilized on TV. I want them to have their own romantic dramedy soap on primetime, a show where they are really the main leads and where the love story of their characters will be the focus. Look at KathNiel, after establishing a solid fanbase via Growing Up and Princess and I, they were blessed with Got to Believe, a soap that they can truly call a “KathNiel starrer”. The timeless love team of JLC-Bea starred in 6 primetime soaps  before parting ways and then went on to have projects with other partners. They would even have reunion projects from time to time. Kimerald did 5 primetime soaps (2 of which were centered on romance) plus tons of non-primetime TV projects and films. So why why can’t they grant KimXi the same chance they gave/are currently giving to these tandems? 

Just give KimXi their very own romantic TV series please and then after that, ok fine.. experiment with other partners. But right now, please don’t. You have a gold mine right here and you’re stopping the party too soon. KimXi can achieve so much more if you just let them. A top-rating teleserye that’s wildly received by many like G2B, more advertisers and money for the network, more ‘Best Loveteam’ awards from Yahoo, ASAP, etc. The possibilities are endless and I can’t believe you guys are spoiling everything if ever the report is true. And YOU PROMISED. It was already announced so not pushing through with it will really be a downer for me and for everyone who are anticipating it. Don’t let us down please. :((

No matter what happens, I will support Kim and Xian even if they will have separate projects. I only wish the best for both of them. But as long as things can still change, I am praying that their primetime soap (which you guys promised) will still push through. Fight fight till the end! Please give us the promised KimXi serye! :( 

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