It’s been a while since it was confirmed that the supposed Kim Chiu-Xian Lim primetime teleserye that was announced months ago will no longer push through and that Kim is out to star in a period drama along with Coco Martin, Julia Montes and Jake Cuenca called 'Ikaw Lamang'. However, the drama and pain brought by this has not died down yet and only seems to heighten as the said soap nears its playdate. Prior to the official announcement, KimXi fans were already seeking for clarification regarding the issue. The fans did everything; trending hashtags like #PlsGiveUsThePromisedKIMXISerye, etc. almost everyday and constantly tweeting questions to management people, desperately awaiting for answers. They know we were waiting in agony. Did the fans hear from them? Nope. Nobody bothered to answer all the queries, they left us hanging there and just slapped our faces with the awful truth that our hopes for a KXserye will no longer happen.
Of course, it’s natural that a lot of KX fans would be upset, myself included. Upset doesn’t even give justice to how I felt or still feel. I am so angry, frustrated, disappointed, heartbroken. We were played, cheated on and snobbed. Honestly, if they did this soap AFTER they gave us the PROMISED KimXi soap, then this show would have been most welcome for me. Coco’s not on top my list as dream leading men for Kim (apart from Xian of course) but I see that it is a good opportunity for them to do drama together. But, it’s just so untimely. KimXi’s 2nd movie, ‘Bride for Rent’, is selling like hot pancakes in the box-office, grossing over P300M as of this writing and is even a big hit internationally. So, we don’t understand why the sudden on-screen break-up has to take place after they reached a new milestone as a love team. It’s not that we want Kim and Xian to be forever boxed as a love team. I acknowledge that doing separate projects would help them grow as artists and strengthen them as individual entities. However, we feel like it’s just not yet time. I thoroughly discussed why a KX onscreen break-up shouldn’t happen yet HERE.
The main issue here really is how everything came to this point. KimXi fans became confident that a soap was coming our way because we trusted the management to fulfill their promise. I guess that was our mistake. We placed too much trust and emotionally invested in looking forward to it that when the management failed to deliver, we fell flat on our faces really hard. Ok so maybe they changed plans and they have the right to do that. Things like that really happen in the real world so it’s forgivable. But, they gave us zero warning that we should stop expecting a KX soap because it’s already goners. Another mistake was we expected them to be transparent about everything. There was no closure at all. They just pretended like they never announced anything in the first place, that there were no fans eagerly anticipating the KX soap. Even if they were well aware that fans were already going nuts about it. That’s what really pissed me off; Realizing that we are not even worth a single tweet of explanation or apology despite all our efforts and the amount of support we poured out through the years. Our views and feelings don’t matter, we are not significant enough to be heard and be attended to. And for a fan, that’s very hurtful to know that those people whom you trusted do not give a damn about what you have to say.
In light of everything, fans are now faced with a dilemma - to support the soap or not? Personally, I have decided to do the former even though it’s very very painful on my part. Apart from the betrayal, another reason why acceptance is difficult is because we kinda know that Kim would’ve preferred a different pathway also and that she was left with almost no choice. But, I understand that she did what she can. Like most fans, I am also insanely mad at what they did but I don’t have the heart to sacrifice my love for Kim for the sake of teaching DS a lesson. Kim’s name is still attached to this project and she’s the main female lead. It would have been a different story if it was just a minor role or if it was mainly an ensemble project but she is a huge part of the show. If this fails, it will negatively affect her career whether we like it or not. Most, if not all of Kim’s projects are big hits; she has no record of flops. If this soap won’t rate, her bashers will feel vindicated in their declarations that Kim is only successful if boxed within a love team or that Kim doesn’t deserve the title, 'Teleserye Princess', etc. I guess I won’t be as enthusiastic about the show as I am with the KX projects but rest assured that I will support her in this. Just Kim though, not Kim-Coco, not Kim-Jake and not gonna be all-praises for the management either.
To some extent, I also understand those fans who choose not to support this soap. They are like those citizens who refuse to participate in elections even if they like one candidate. We can’t just lambaste them and accuse them of not caring for the country or not being supportive of the candidate they feel deserves to be in office. They don’t believe in the system anymore and I respect their decision. It’s their way of proving a point and making a stand. In the same respect, those who decided to boycott the soap are also making a bold statement and are sticking to that. I believe most of them have issues with the management (DS) and not Kim, not Coco or the other cast members, not the kind of show.. just DS. They don’t want to give DS the satisfaction of getting away with everything.
We don’t have the right to condemn them and denounce them as ‘fake fans’ just because they went in a different direction. We have to accept that although we are all fans and we all love Kim and Xian, we’re not all on the same wavelength. Some love KimXi together and individually, some love KimXi but love Kim more, some love KimXi but love Xian more, some love KimXi together only, etc. Don’t be too quick to judge these people, saying they don’t love Kim enough or they are not loyal and open-minded. We have to examine where they’re coming from and why they ended up with that decision. They are fighting for something, something that matters to them.
Also, we can’t stop other people from voicing out their resentment against DS and the show. I personally poke fun at the show occasionally with all my #PeriodDrama tweets. I guess humor is my way of coping with the heartache I’m feeling. But, I try my best not to go overboard; I just make fun of the term ‘period drama’, I don’t bash Kim or Coco or whoever. Trending hashtags like #XianAtKimLamang and #KIMXILAMANG are also ok for me. These are just some of the few ways where we can express how we feel about what they did. The fans are furious and we want to show them that we don’t take things lightly and that KimXi is still very much alive and kicking. Displeased fans would grab every opportunity they can get to spite them and to declare their grievances, even though all the complaints and requests seem only to fall on deaf ears, blind eyes and cold hearts. I think the betrayal from DS really aggravated a lot of people. Others are willing to forego that for Kim’s sake but others are too hurt and too angry to just turn the other cheek and pretend they weren’t wronged. I still respect the staff as people but I don’t trust them anymore or their unit and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. You can’t blame us for feeling this way.
Just give everyone the chance to mourn and vent out, it’s crucial for our sanity. However, passionately encouraging others to boycott the show and praying it would fail is kinda distasteful even for an exasperated fan. Do you honestly think God would answer that kind of prayer? Nobody’s forcing you to watch and support it, but please learn to respect Kim because this is still her project. Going as far as bashing Coco and others would not help either. He’s a very good actor and all; it’s just unfortunate that some people can no longer appreciate him and his possible rapport with Kim because of their rage against DS. Again, this is not mainly about him. It’s such a shame because even though the soap has a well-written material and a powerhouse cast, it will ALWAYS be a reminder of the broken promise and betrayal that we experienced.My plea is really just for every fan to try their best in understanding their fellow fan. We all have different takes and emotional standings regarding this issue but please please let’s not tear each other down. Whatever your reasons are for your choice, I hope that you only have the purest of intentions and that you’re only looking out for Kim and Xian’s well-being and not just pushing your own interests in the picture.
For now, I am just really praying that a lot of great things will come out of all this brouhaha - tons of shining moments for Kim, acting awards and recognition for Kim, career growth for Kim and Xian, for Xian to prove that he’s more than just the other half of a popular tandem, lots of opportunities for Kim and Xian to prove their detractors wrong. :) As for Xian, I am pretty sure the network already has plans for him and I heard he will be doing a teleserye soon. I will stand by Kim and Xian no matter what, together and individually and I pray that they will be successful in every project and endeavor they will do because that’s how I operate as a fan. :) Respect each other’s preferences and decisions and the situation would be a lot better.
P.S. Apart from Kim’s ‘Ikaw Lamang’, watch out for Xian’s MMK episode with Bangs Garcia and the release of his 2nd album. A 3rd KimXi film is also in the works and Kim said in an interview recently that she will do teleserye with Xian after their separate projects so yehey! :)
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KIMXI | Preview Magazine Feb 2014 - “THE LOVETEAM TO BEAT”
It finally finally happened! I wrote a blog entry before about things I want Kim and Xian to achieve this year. I listed a glamorous magazine cover together on #5. And look HERE IT IS! Thank you Preview! Look at them! WOW!
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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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."
Photos used c/o Anthony Co and Star Cinema