Kim Chiu

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Kim Chiu
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Born Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu
(1990-04-19) April 19, 1990 (age 24)
Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines
Nationality Chinese-Filipino
Other names Kim, Kimmy
Ethnicity Filipino Chinese
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2006-present
Partner(s) Gerald Anderson (2006-2010)
Xian Lim (2011-present)

Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu (born April 19, 1990[1]) commonly known as Kim Chiu, is a Chinese Filipina actress. She is best known for her leading roles in dramas Sana Maulit Muli (2007), Tayong Dalawa (2009), Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo (2010), My Binondo Girl (2011), Ina, Kapatid, Anak (2013), Ikaw Lamang (2014), and in the film Bride for Rent (2014).



Chiu first gained prominence by winning the reality series Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition.[2] For the show, Chiu left her hometown of Cebu City and moved to Manila. She, along with the rest of the housemates entered the Big Brother house on April 23, 2006. After 42 days in the Big Brother house, she was named the Teen Big Winner with 626,562 votes (41.4% of the total votes) at the Aliw Theatre inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay City.[3] She was the only housemate who was never nominated for eviction.[4]

After winning, Chiu became part of Star Magic.[5] She and her on-screen partner Gerald Anderson became a regular in ASAP XV and appeared together in several ABS-CBN shows Love Spell, comedy sitcom Aalog-Alog and in the film First Day High.

In 2007, Chiu starred in the primetime TV series entitled Sana Maulit Muli alongside Anderson.,[6] which was released to significant acclaim. That year, she was nominated and eventually won the 38th Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Awards as Most Promising Female Star and Best New Female TV Personality (for Sana Maulit Muli) at the 21st PMPC Star Awards.[7] Sana Maulit Muli was later released in Taiwan under the PTS network, under the title Chances.[8]

Chiu then launched her debut album Gwa Ai Di (我爱你; Minnan, "I Love You") under Star Records, which included the single Crazy Love.[9] It reached a Gold Record status.[10]

Gaining much recognition for her acting roles, she then starred in the movie I've Fallen For You under Star Cinema[11] and continually appeared in numerous advertisements.


In 2008, Chiu was cast in the Philippine adaptation of the South Korean TV series My Girl.[12]

In January 2009, Chiu starred in the TV series entitled Tayong Dalawa which garnered Chiu several acting awards.[13] Her movie I Love You, Goodbye became part of Star Cinema's official entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival. It was Chiu's first role as a villain and her first film to hit P100 million mark, with her receiving several nominations under different award giving bodies including PMPC, 12th Gawad PASADO Awards and the 34th MMFF for Best Supporting Actress.[14]

In 2010, she then starred in the romance film Paano Na Kaya, released nationally and internationally.[15] She also starred in the well-received primetime drama, Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo, the highest rating teleserye of 2010 in the Philippines.[16] In October 2010, Chiu and Anderson teamed up again in the film Till My Heartaches End. In the midst of movie promotions, it was reported that the long-time couple (known as Kimerald) had split, yet the reason for the breakup was not discussed.[17]

She top-billed in a weekly musical anthology series Your Song, as a sub-series for the 12th season called Your Song Presents: Kim. It ran for four months and led her to pair up with Sam Milby, Jake Cuenca, Pokwang, Derek Ramsay, Enrique Gil and Vice Ganda.[18] In 2011, Chiu starred in romantic-comedy television series titled My Binondo Girl alongside Xian Lim, Matteo Guidicelli, and Jolo Revilla.[19]


In 2012, Chiu starred in a horror film with Vilma Santos titled The Healing. From this film, she ranked a number of Best Supporting Actress nominations from almost all of the film award-giving bodies, missing only the Gawad Urian and The Young Critics' Circle.[20]

Chiu also returned to melodrama acting via Ina, Kapatid, Anak, alongside Xian Lim, Maja Salvador and Enchong Dee. The teleserye ended with an average TV rating of 30.3% provided by Kantar Media/TNS and was awarded the Best Teleserye of the Year (2013) in Philippine's Yahoo OMG! awards, leading it to be aired internationally as Her Mother's Daughter, released in foreign territories including MIPTV in France and at DISCOP West Asia in Turkey.[21][22] Her portrayal also earned her an award for Best TV Drama Actress.[23] She reunited in a movie with Anderson titled 24/7 in Love, Star Magic's ensemble film in view of the agency's 20th year anniversary.[24]

She starred in a film adaption of Ramon Bautista's novel co-starring Xian Lim, Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?, released on July 17, 2013.[25] Her performance received positive feedback and critics praise in view of her first comedic role on the big screen.[26] On January 2014, Chiu cemented her top star status with the romantic-comedy movie entitled Bride for Rent. The film achieved various milestones and established her as one of the country's top stars having both a successful film and television career. It was Star Cinema's first movie offering of 2014 and holds the title of sixth highest grossing Filipino film of all time, having grossed P325 million.[27]

After the success of her two films, Chiu returned to television through Ikaw Lamang, a period drama series with Coco Martin, Julia Montes and Jake Cuenca, produced by ABS-CBN and Dreamscape Entertainment. The TV series currently holds the first and second place viewer rating in its time slot.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Chiu enjoys traveling, extreme sports, shopping, and recreational activities like equestrianism.[29]

The fourth child of five siblings, Chiu is Chinese-Filipino. She frequently moved residencies as a child, raised mainly in the Philippine Visayas; locating in Tacloban, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos City, Mindoro and back to Cebu City.[30] Being multilingual, she can speak Cebuano, Tagalog, English, with some proficiency in Waray, Mandarin Chinese and Hokkien. Due to her family situation and her mother's abandonment when she was nine years old,[31] Chiu mostly grew up with her paternal grandmother and siblings.[32][33] She attended Cebu Cherish School,[34] joined various extracurricular activities and worked as a cashier in her aunt's boutique.[35]

She had not spoken out about her family problem to her friends in her youth, until her involvement in reality television which led to the exposure.[36] Chiu had relayed in the past that she had no contact with either of her parents. After five years of estrangement from her father, Kim reconciled with him in 2013 after visiting his home in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro where he lived with his second partner. She has half-siblings from her father's second relationship.[37] A month after her meeting with her father, her biological mother, Louella, fell into a lifeless coma, which led Kim to rush to the hospital in midst of taping of her film, Bride For Rent. Louella succumbed to brain aneurysm a week later and eventually passed away.[38][39] After claims that it was affecting her acting scenes, the actress professed that everything dealing with her mother was "difficult [...]"[40] Later, Chiu cited the reason for the public's acceptance of the film during its showing was the "belief of her mother's guidance" as a sign that her mother was "watching over" her and her siblings.[41]


In 2006, she began dating co-star Gerald Anderson. Narrowly admitting to their romantic involvement following their break-up in 2010, Anderson voiced that Chiu was his "first love".[42] In 2011, after months of his courtship, Chiu began dating fellow actor/singer Xian Lim.[43] Lim stated: “Kim knows how I feel for her because I’m very open to her. Even the song which I wrote expresses my real feelings for her as it tells how special she is to me”, revealing that Chiu was the one that inspired the love songs off his albums So It's You and XL2.[44]


Chiu joined the PETA campaign Free Mali along with boyfriend, Xian Lim. Chiu made a video plea for Mali, asking that she be moved to a sanctuary for the sake of her well being.[45] In August 2012, she and Lim spearheaded a relief operation in Marikina.[46] Participating in various charities, Chiu was heavily involved with relief efforts for Typhoon Yolanda, which had affected parts of her hometown. Aside from giving food and water, she also held a week-long clothes auction to raise money for Typhoon victims.[47]

By 2013, it was also revealed that the actress was involved with regularly funding Isla Pulo, an impoverish community of 1,000 inhabitants in Manila Bay, Philippines.[48][49][50]


Year Title Role Network
2014 Ikaw Lamang Isabelle Miravelez-Hidalgo ABS-CBN , Studio 23
2013 Wansapanataym: My Fairy Kasambahay Elyza
2012-2013 Ina, Kapatid, Anak Celyn Marasigan-Lagdameo
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Kalendaryo Pauline Chaves
2011-2012 My Binondo Girl Jade Dimaguiba Sy-Wu/Yuan Sy
2012 Meteor Garden 2 San Chai
2012 Meteor Rain San Chai
2011 Meteor Garden San Chai
2011 Toda Max Maimai
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Kape Apple Santiago
I Dare You Challenger
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin Young Alondra Sebastiano
2010 Your Song Presents: Kim Various Roles
Wansapanataym: Super Kikay and Her Flying Pagong Super K / Kikay
Your Song Presents: Maling Akala Yen Cobangbang / Karl Anda
Banana Split Various Roles
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bimpo Joy Carbonel
Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo Gwen Crisanto
2009 Tayong Dalawa Audrey King
2008 Your Song Presents: My Only Hope April Padilla
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Notebook Ameng Jurado
My Girl Jasmine Estocapio
Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection: Maligno Eliza Pineda
2007 Your Song: Ngiti Sansan
Love Spell: Cindy-rella Cindy / Rella
Your Song: Someday Jodie Borela
Gokada Go! Melody Go
Sana Maulit Muli Jasmine Sta. Maria / Poknat
2006 Love Spell: Pasko Na, Santa Ko Abby
Love Spell: Charm and Crystal Crystal
Aalog-Alog Kim Chan Sukimura
Love Spell: My Boy, My Girl Stephenie / Stephen
Your Song: Alive Abby
Your Song: Bitin Sa Iyo Kayan
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bus Khate
Star Magic Presents: Ang Lovey Kong All Around Baby Girl
2006-present ASAP Host / Herself / Performer
2006 Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Herself / Housemate / Big Winner


Year Title Role Company
2014 Feng Shui 2 Carla Atienza Star Cinema
Bride for Rent Rocky Dela Cruz
2013 Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? Sandy Veloso
2012 24/7 in Love Patty Escalona
The Healing Cookie Limguangco
2010 Till My Heartaches End Agnes Garcia
Paano Na Kaya? Mae Chua
2009 I Love You, Goodbye Lharissa Benitez
2008 Shake Rattle & Roll X Joyce Ching Regal Films
2007 I've Fallen For You Alex Tamayo Reyes Star Cinema
2006 First Day High Indira "Indi" Dela Concepcion


Studio Album[edit]

Year Album Title Recording Label Certification
2011 Meteor Garden Star Records Gold
2007 Gwa Ai Di Star Records Gold


Year Song Title Album Company
2011 Ang Hanap Ko (Ni Yao De Ai) Meteor Garden Soundtrack Star Records
2008 Pusong Lito My Girl Soundtrack
2007 Mine Sana Maulit Muli Soundtrack
Crazy Love Gwa Ai Di
The Moon Represents My Heart
Peng Yu
Gwa Ai Di
Whisper I Love You Duet with Gerald Anderson Paano Na Kaya? Soundtrack
I've Fallen For You Duet with Gerald Anderson I've Fallen For You Soundtrack
2006 Heartbreak Song First Day High Soundtrack


Soundtrack Albums
Year Album Title Recording Label TV series/Film
2008 My Girl Soundtrack Star Records My Girl
2007 Sana Maulit Muli Soundtrack Sana Maulit Muli
I've Fallen For You Soundtrack I've Fallen for You
2006 First Day High Soundtrack First Day High

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Awards/Critics Award Result
2006 Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Season 1 Teen Big Winner Won
2007 ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Best Breakthrough Performance (First Day High) Nominated
Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office Awards Most Promising Female Star Nominated
Most Popular Love Team with Gerald Anderson Won
23rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best New Movie Actress (for First Day High) Nominated
Female Star of the Night Nominated
21st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality (Sana Maulit Muli) Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop TV Character of the Year (Poknat in Sana Maulit Muli) Won
2008 Pop TV Character of the Year (Jasmine in My Girl) Won
38th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office Awards Most Popular Loveteam with Gerald Anderson[51] Won
Anak TV Seal Awards Most Admired Female TV Personality Won
34th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress (for Shake Rattle and Roll X) Nominated
2009 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office Awards Most Popular Loveteam of Movies & TV with Gerald Anderson Won
57th FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Won
Yes! Magazine's Most Beautiful Stars of 2009 Primetime Ladies Category Won included
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Award Pop Covergirl of the Year Won
Anak TV Seal Awards Most Admired Female TV Personality Won
35th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress (I Love You, Goodbye) Nominated
Star Magic Ball 2009 Couples of the Night with Gerald Anderson, and Piolo Pascual with KC Concepcion Won
2010 8th Gawad Tanglaw Best Supporting Actress (I Love You, Goodbye) Nominated
20th Young Critics Circle Awards Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child,in Leading or Supporting Role
(I Love You, Goodbye)
26th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Actress in a Supporting Role (I Love You, Goodbye) Nominated
12th Gawad PASADO Best Supporting Actress (I Love You, Goodbye) Nominated
6th USTv Awards Best Actress in a Daily Soap Opera (Tayong Dalawa) Won
41st GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Awards Princess of Philippine Movies and TV[52] Won
NSSU TV Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie (Tayong Dalawa) Won
Yes! Magazine's Most Beautiful Stars of 2010 Most Beautiful Star Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Female Fashionista Won
Pop TV Character (Gwen Crisanto of Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo) Won
24th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Actress in a Drama Series (Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo) Nominated
58th FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actress (I Love You, Goodbye) Nominated
Star Magic Ball 2010 Best Dressed Female Star of the Night Won
Walk Of Fame 2010 Kim Chiu Nominated
Anak TV Seal Awards Most Admired Female TV Personality Nominated
2011 ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Character (Jade/Yuan in My Binondo Girl) Nominated
Star Magic Ball 2011 Female Stunner of the Night Won
2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Love Team of Movies & TV (with Gerald Anderson)[53] Won
Yes! Magazine's Most Beautiful Stars of 2011 Primetime Category Won included
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Loveteam (with Gerald Anderson for Till My Heartaches End) Won
Pop Screen Kiss (with Gerald Anderson for Till My Heartaches End) Won
1st Barkada Choice Award Female Icon of the Year Won
Anak TV Seal Awards Most Admired Female TV Personality Won
2012 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Princess of Philippine Television (My Binondo Girl) Won
Yahoo Philippines OMG! Award Breakthrough Actress of the Year Won
Love Team of The Year with Xian Lim Won
FanClub of The Year with Xian Lim (KimXi) Won
Yes! Magazine's Most Beautiful Stars of 2012 Primetime Category Won included
Star Magic Ball Couple of the Night with Xian Lim Won
Anak TV Seal Awards Most Admired Female TV Personality Won
4th Favorite Movies Television Shows and Music Awards TV Actress of the Year Won
TV Series Love Team of The Year with Xian Lim Won
TV Series of the Year (Ina, Kapatid, Anak/ABS-CBN 2) Won
Most Popular TV Series Character “Celyn” (Ina, Kapatid, Anak)- ABS-CBN Won
TOP 5 Most Popular TV Actress by rank: 1st Won
TOP 5 Most Popular Loveteam by rank: 1st with Xian Lim (KimXi) Won
TOP 10 Young TV Actresses of the Year (Below 40) by rank: 2nd Nominated
Top 10 Best Philippine TV Series of 2012 (Ina, Kapatid, Anak/ABS-CBN 2) Won
2013 29th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Actress in a Supporting Role (The Healing) Nominated
11th Gawad Tanglaw Best Supporting Actress (The Healing) Nominated
61st FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actress (The Healing) Nominated
31st Film Academy of the Philippines Best Supporting Actress (The Healing) Nominated
10th Golden Screen Awards for Movies Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama/Musical/Comedy
(The Healing)
15th Gawad PASADO Best Supporting Actress (The Healing) Nominated
The EdukCircle Awards Best Actress, Ina Kapatid Anak Won
62nd FAMAS Awards Best Actress (Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?) Nominated


  1. ^ Kim Chiu poses in bikini in birthday photo via ABS-CBN News
  2. ^ Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition via
  3. ^ Hail the Princess! Kim Chiu is the Teen Big Winner via
  4. ^ MH Woman: Kim Chiu via Mens Health
  5. ^ Kim Chiu: Artist Profile via
  6. ^ 'Sana Maulit Muli' to premiere on January 8 via
  7. ^ PMPC announces nominees for the 23rd Star Awards for Movies via
  8. ^ 'Sana Maulit Muli' a Hit in Taiwan via Showbiznest
  9. ^ "My Girl" airs pilot episode on May 26 via
  10. ^ 24K Gold Awards given to recording artists via
  11. ^ I've Fallen For You: Box Office via IMDb
  12. ^ My Girl cast members via
  13. ^ Winners of 8th Gawad Tanglaw revealed via
  14. ^ I Love You Goodbye via
  15. ^ 'Paano Na Kaya' Starring Kim, Gerald to Screen in 8 U.S. Cities this February via PRWeb
  16. ^ TNS National TV Ratings (Jan. 19-21): Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo sustains high ratings via
  17. ^ Gerald breaks down during film's press con via ABS-CBN News
  18. ^ Kim Chiu and Derek Ramsay's characters find love amidst sickness in Your Song via
  19. ^ Kim Chiu to have three leading men in Binondo Girl retrieved on July 29, 2011 via
  20. ^ Vilma Santos looks forward to shooting horror film with Kim Chiu retrieved on August 3, 2011 via
  21. ^ OMG! Awards 2013 Best Teleserye of the Year: ‘Ina, Kapatid, Anak’ #omgawardsph via
  22. ^ Ina, Kapatid, Anak International “Her Mother’s Daughter” Release via
  23. ^ Kim named Best Actress via Philstar
  24. ^ 7 love teams in Star Cinema's '24/7 In Love' via ABS-CBN News
  25. ^ Kim Chiu and Xian Lim topbill self-help romantic comedy Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo' via
  26. ^ "Kim Chiu and Xian Lim shine in 'Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo'". 
  27. ^ "'Bride for Rent' earns P325M in 3 weeks". ABS-CBN News. 
  28. ^ "'Ikaw Lamang' pilot knocks out 'Carmela'". ABS-CBN News. 
  29. ^ Horseback riding is Kim's newest hobby via ABS-CBN news
  30. ^ Xian Lim on Kim Chiu: "Malaki ang paghanga ko kay Kim." via
  31. ^ Kim Chiu spent Christmas with family, minus her Mama via GMA News Online
  32. ^ Kim Chiu says building a home for her family is a dream come true via
  33. ^ Kim Chiu’s mother dies; actress shuns interviews via
  34. ^ Kim likes it plain and simple via
  35. ^ [1] via Pinoystop
  36. ^ For Kim Chiu, life is more dramatic than a ‘teleserye’ via
  37. ^ Kim Chiu reconciles with her estranged father via
  38. ^ Kim Chiu's mother dies at 50 via
  39. ^ Actress Kim Chiu reunited with her mom, who died days later via Emirates 247
  40. ^ Kim Chiu speaks out about mother's death via SunStar
  41. ^ Kim Chiu credits late mother for 'Bride For Rent' success via ABS-CBN News
  42. ^ Gerald on Kim: She was my first love via ABS-CBN News
  43. ^ Kim Chiu opts to take things slow with Xian Lim via
  44. ^ Kim Chiu still scared to fall in love again via Philstar
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  47. ^ [2] via Philstar
  48. ^ Kim Chiu gives back through birthday charity event in Isla Pulo via
  49. ^ Kim Chiu charity at Isla Pulo via Star Magic
  50. ^ Simple folks, true stories inspire Kapamilya stars via Philstar
  51. ^ "The 38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards (Part 2)". Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  52. ^ "ABS-CBN big winner at GMMSF Entertainment Awards". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  53. ^ "42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards honors outstanding actors and actresses of 2010". Retrieved 2014-05-21.

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