“I have grown tired waiting for her,” Kim Chiu said on the eve of her 20th birthday. Growing up in Cebu and Manila without a mother, the young actress adds she used to always think one day her mother would show up at her door, come home for good, and give her a hug.
That day hasn’t come, no matter if Kim has shot to national popularity as an actress and commercial endorser. During a recent conversation arranged by her management, Star Magic, the actress said she’s clueless about her mother’s whereabouts. At one point, she begged not to discuss the matter any longer.
Kim’s parents separated when she was a baby. She hasn’t heard from her or about her ever again. She also wonders how and why, in this age of modern telecommunication, someone like her mother could be so scarce.
Top of league
Surely, she must have heard of her success. As an actress, she’s on top of the teenaged league, the junior superstars of TV and movies. As a woman on the verge, she has certainly expanded her horizon, given her limited education, being a high school graduate only.
When not busy taping her current drama series, “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo,” Kim supervises construction of her dream house in Loyola Grand Villas in Quezon City. Sitting pretty on a 650 sqm. property, the house will have five rooms to accommodate family members from out of town.
To be rendered in primary colors, she calls it her Barbie house. “Ito ang katuparan ng lahat ng aking hirap, dugo at pawis,” she said.
Kim bought the lot for P7 million while the house itself is costing her P10 million to build. Its foundation has been erected, which excites her. She is paying everything in cash as she doesn’t believe in making loans.
“Nakakatakot, kasi baka hindi ko mabayaran,” she said as she offered guests a piece of chocolate cake. Star Magic treated Kim’s media guests to a hearty lunch at ABS-CBN’s 9501 Executive Lounge. The lunch was capped by a ceremonial cutting of cake, which amused the birthday celebrator no end.
Like a wedding cake
Someone joked, “It looked like a wedding cake.”
The remark was enough to open a floodgate of questions about Kim’s much celebrated relationship with leading man, Gerald Anderson. They have known each other for four years, from the time they met as housemates in Pinoy Big Brother when she was only 16.
Kim is not about to let the cat slip out of the bag. In a manner which can best be described as dainty, she maintains they remain the best and closest of friends, no matter if people around them swear the two have definitely crossed over to the level of lovers.
“We have become so attuned to each other that we know exactly how one would react given a particular situation. In a restaurant, I’d know what he’ll order and vice-versa. Minsan, isang tinginan lang namin, alam na namin ang gustong iparating ng bawat isa,” she gushed.
She has also mastered what irritates Gerald. “Kabisado na namin ang isa’t isa.” The last line was spoken like a wife who has spent at least 20 years with her husband.
We had been so taken by Kim’s gentle ways, her soft speaking voice, her tactful answers and a general aura of beauty and kindness about her that at one point, we asked her if she ever got angry.
Kim paused briefly, then smiled, “I don’t usually get angry. It happens rarely,” she said. Even then, says her handler, Portia Morales, doesn’t explode like a volcano. She will tell you gently how and why she got mad.
As Kim turns 20 on April 19, Monday, she prays for more TV assignments, more work, not necessarily always with Gerald. She has stopped hoping for the day her mother will claim her, content in the thought that God’s plan for mother and daughter will find a way somewhere, somehow.