Kim Chiu Biography, Film, Family, Net Worth and Awards
Kim Chiu – Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu (born April 19, 1990), commonly known as Kim Chiu, is a Filipina actress and model in the Philippines.
Kim Chiu Life and career
In 2012, Chiu starred in a horror film with Vilma Santos entitled The Healing. She played a woman who is cured from glomerulonephritis through a healer, but must suffer a curse. From this film, she received 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.
Chiu also returned to melodrama acting via Ina, Kapatid, Anak, alongside Xian Lim, Maja Salvador and Enchong Dee. After the teleserye ended with an average TV rating of 30.3% via Kantar Media/TNS, it was awarded Best Teleserye of the Year at Philippine’s 2013 Yahoo Awards and was aired internationally as Her Mother’s Daughter, released in foreign territories including MIPTV in France and at DISCOP West Asia in Turkey. Her portrayal also earned her an award for Best TV Drama Actress. 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.
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. Her performance received positive feedback and critics praise in view of her first comedic role on the big screen.
In January 2014, Chiu cemented her commercial draw with the romantic-comedy movie entitled Bride for Rent. Chiu plays Rocky, a poor woman who agrees to marry for money. As Star Cinema’s first movie offering of 2014, the film met both critical and commercial success, earning more than P21.2 million pesos in its opening day and broke the P200 million pesos mark on its 8th day. The film established Chiu as one of the country’s biggest stars having both a successful film and television career.
Having grossed P325 million, it is the sixth highest grossing Filipino film of all time, the second highest grossing Filipino romantic comedy movie of all-time, third highest grossing non-MMFF film of all-time and also the highest-grossing January-released film of all-time in the country.
After the success of her two films, Chiu returned to television in the 2014 period drama, Ikaw Lamang. The series co-stars Coco Martin, Julia Montes, Jake Cuenca and KC Concepcion and dealt with social class, politics, and forbidden love. It held the first and second place viewer rating in its time slot and was awarded Best Primetime Drama Series at the 28th PMPC Star Awards for Television. This followed with the romantic comedy film, Past Tense and a portrayal as Mulan for Walt Disney Asia’s 12 Days of Princess campaign.
In 2015, she appeared as one of five mistresses (alongside veterans Kris Aquino, Claudine Barretto, Iza Calzado) in the high-profile film, Etiquette for Mistresses. She recorded the Cebuano songs “Duyog” and “Labyu Langga” for the film’s soundtrack. She also top-billed in the rom-com, All You Need Is Pag-Ibig, which is Star Cinema’s official entry to the 2015 MMFF.
Kim Chiu has recently starred in the 2016 hit Philippine romantic drama, The Story of Us.
Kim Chiu’s Personal life
Kim Chiu is the fourth of five children to William Chiu, a Chinese businessman from Mindoro and Louella (née Yap; 1959–2013), a Philippine Sangley native who migrated from Dinagat Islands to Surigao del Sur, Philippines. She is fluent in Cebuano (Visayan), Tagalog, English, with Waray, Hokkien and Mandarin Chinese beginner level only.
Since her parent’s separation in 1998, Kim had a dysfunctional relationship with both of her parents. She and her siblings were raised by their paternal grandmother and, as children, frequently moved residencies in the Philippine Visayas; locating in Tacloban, Leyte, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos City, Mindoro and back to Cebu City until 2006. In 2013, she reconciled with her father “after five years of estrangement” while visiting his second partner and half-siblings in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. A month later in June, her biological mother, Louella, fell into a coma. Following a week of hospitalization, Louella died on June 23, 2013, due to brain aneurysm. In a eulogy dedicated to her mother, she debunked rumors of animosity over her mother’s child abandonment and expressed: “An angel guides me in my decisions in life. For me, that is finally my mom.”
Kim Chiu dated co-star Gerald Anderson from 2006 to 2010.
She was then linked to actor and singer Xian Lim, after months of open courtship in 2011. In a 2013 episode of Kris TV, they acknowledged they were “exclusively dating.”
Kim Chiu Philanthropy and education
Chiu uses her media influence to promote various causes. She began partnership with GSK for yearly asthma awareness campaigns, Win Against Asthma, after battling asthma as a child. Chiu has since participated in disaster relief organizations such as Philippine National Red Cross and Sagip Kapamilya. She joined the PETA campaign Free Mali along with Xian Lim.
Kim Chiu made a video plea for Mali, asking that she be moved to a sanctuary for the sake of her well being. In August 2012, she and Lim spearheaded a relief operation in Marikina. Chiu was heavily involved with relief efforts for Typhoon Yolanda via Red Cross, which had affected parts of her hometown. Aside from giving food and water, she also held week-long clothes auctions to raise money for Typhoon victims.
By 2013, it was also revealed that the actress was involved with regularly funding Isla Pulo, an impoverished community of 1,000 inhabitants in Manila Bay, Philippines.
As one of Philippines highest paid endorsers, Chiu addressed the ongoing Pork Barrel tax scandal and the government’s alleged misuse of the PDAF in a press conference on 28 August 2013, noting the amount of tax celebrities like herself pay to the government: “The money isn’t a joke […] we pay so much tax and we don’t know where it’s going.” The Bureau of Internal Revenue confirmed Chiu as 131st top taxpayer in the country with ₱9.3M in income taxes in 2013.
In 2015, Chiu passed the UPCAT and enrolled in University of the Philippines’s UPOU program for business courses.