Kim Chiu

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Kim Chiu
Kim Chiu by Ronn Tan, April 2010.png
BornKimberly Sue Yap Chiu
(1990-04-19) April 19, 1990 (age 23)
Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines
Other namesKim, Kimmy
EthnicityFilipino Chinese
OccupationActress, Model
Years active2006-present
Partner(s)Gerald Anderson (2006-2010)
Xian Lim (2011-present)
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Kim Chiu
Kim Chiu by Ronn Tan, April 2010.png
BornKimberly Sue Yap Chiu
(1990-04-19) April 19, 1990 (age 23)
Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines
Other namesKim, Kimmy
EthnicityFilipino Chinese
OccupationActress, Model
Years active2006-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 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), which is notable for breaking box office records in the Philippines.



Kim Sue Yap Chiu launched her career 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. Dubbed as the 'Chinese Cutie from Cebu', she and 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 ABS-CBN's circle of homegrown talents, 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] The series was a national success; the finale reaching an impressive 40.6% in the Nationwide ratings (NUTAM). 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, and renamed "Chances". The series became a hit overseas as well.[8]

Under Star Records, she was able to launch her debut album Gwa Ai Di (我爱你; Minnan, "I Love You"), which included the single Crazy Love.[9] It reached a Gold Record status.[10]

Gaining much recognition for her acting roles in the Philippines, she then starred in the movie I've Fallen For You under Star Cinema[11] and continually appeared in numerous advertisements, eventually becoming the face of brands Rejoice, Bench Apparel, Chowking, Nescafé, Olay, Cherry Mobile, Monami, Payless Pancit Shanghai, Coca-Cola, Goya Chocolates, and Adidas.[12]


In 2008, Chiu was cast in Philippine adaptation of My Girl, a South Korean TV series. It is ABS-CBN's first franchise drama from SBS Korea to be adapted on local television.[13]

In January 2009, Chiu starred in the TV series entitled Tayong Dalawa which garnered Chiu several acting awards.[14] 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.[15]

In 2010, she then starred romance film Paano Na Kaya, released nationally and internationally.[16] She also starred in the well-received primetime drama, Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo, the highest rating teleserye of 2010 in the Philippines.[17] 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.[18]

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 various leading co-stars including Sam Milby, Jake Cuenca, Pokwang, Derek Ramsey, Enrique Gil and Vice Ganda.[19] In 2011, Chiu starred in romantic-comedy television series titled My Binondo Girl alongside Xian Lim, Matteo Guidicelli, and Jolo Revilla.[20]


In 2012, Chiu starred in a horror film with Vilma Santos titled The Healing. From this film, she raked 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.[21]

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.[22][23] Her portrayal also earned her an award for Best TV Drama Actress.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26] Her performance received positive feedback and critics praise in view of her first comedic role on the big screen.[27] 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.[28]

After the success of her two films, Chiu returned to television through Ikaw Lamang, a period drama with Coco Martin, Julia Montes and Jake Cuenca, produced by Dreamscape and ABS-CBN. The TV series currently holds the first place viewer rating in its time slot.[29]

Personal life[edit]

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 never spoke out about her 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 a visit to his home that he shared 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 across the country. 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 admitted that everything dealing with her mother was "hard".[40]

In 2009, she began dating long-time co-star Gerald Anderson. Only two years thereafter did they admit their relationship post break-up in 2010, with Anderson professing she was his "first love".[41] In 2012, after months of his courtship, Chiu began dating fellow actor Xian Lim.[42] The couple often spend vacation overseas.

Chiu enjoys traveling, extreme sports, shopping, and recreational activities like equestrianism.[43]


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.[44] In August 2012, she and Lim spearheaded a relief operation in Marikina.[45] Participating in various charities, Chiu was heavily involved with relief efforts for Typhoon Yolanda, which had affected parts of her hometown. Aside from giving countless amount of food and water, she also held a week-long clothes auction to raise money for Typhoon victims.[46]


2014Ikaw LamangIsabelle MiravelezABS-CBN
2013Wansapanataym: My Fairy KasambahayElyza
2012-2013Ina, Kapatid, AnakCelyn Marasigan-Lagdameo
2012Maalaala Mo Kaya: KalendaryoPauline Chaves
2011-2012My Binondo GirlJade Dimaguiba Sy-Wu/Yuan Sy
2011Toda MaxMaimai
Maalaala Mo Kaya: KapeApple Santiago
I Dare YouChallenger
Minsan Lang Kita IibiginYoung Alondra Sebastiano
2010Your Song Presents: KimVarious Roles
Wansapanataym: Super Kikay and Her Flying PagongSuper K / Kikay
Your Song Presents: Maling AkalaYen Cobangbang / Karl Anda
Banana SplitVarious Roles
Maalaala Mo Kaya: BimpoJoy Carbonel
Kung Tayo'y MagkakalayoGwen Crisanto
2009Tayong DalawaAudrey King
2008Your Song Presents: My Only HopeApril Padilla / Miss Sunshine
Maalaala Mo Kaya: NotebookAmeng Jurado
My GirlJasmine Estocapio
Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection: MalignoEliza Pineda
2007Your Song: NgitiSansan
Love Spell: Cindy-rellaCindy / Rella
Your Song: SomedayJodie Borela
Gokada Go!Melody Go
Sana Maulit MuliJasmine Sta. Maria / Poknat
2006Love Spell: Pasko Na, Santa KoAbby
Love Spell: Charm and CrystalCrystal
Aalog-AlogKim Chan Sukimura
Love Spell: My Boy, My GirlStephenie / Stephen
Your Song: AliveAbby
Your Song: Bitin Sa IyoKayan
Maalaala Mo Kaya: BusKhate
Star Magic Presents: Ang Lovey Kong All AroundBaby Girl
2006-presentASAPHost / Herself / Performer
2006Pinoy Big Brother: Teen EditionHerself / Housemate / Big Winner


2014Bride for RentRaquilita "Rocky" Dela CruzStar Cinema
2013Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?Sandy Veloso
201224/7 in LovePatty Escalona
The HealingCookie Limguangco
2010Till My Heartaches EndAgnes Garcia
Paano Na Kaya?Mae Chua
2009I Love You, GoodbyeMelissa "Yssa" Benitez
2008Shake Rattle & Roll XJoyce ChingRegal Films
2007I've Fallen For YouAlex Tamayo ReyesStar Cinema
2006First Day HighIndira "Indi" Dela Concepcion


Studio Album[edit]

YearAlbum TitleRecording LabelCertification
2007Gwa Ai DiStar RecordsGold


YearSong TitleAlbumCompany
2008Pusong LitoMy Girl SoundtrackStar Records
2007MineSana Maulit Muli Soundtrack
Crazy LoveGwa Ai Di
The Moon Represents My Heart
Peng Yu
Gwa Ai Di
Whisper I Love You Duet with Gerald AndersonPaano Na Kaya? Soundtrack
I've Fallen For You Duet with Gerald AndersonI've Fallen For You Soundtrack
2006Heartbreak SongFirst Day High Soundtrack


Soundtrack Albums
YearAlbum TitleRecording LabelTV series/Film
2008My Girl SoundtrackStar RecordsMy Girl
2007Sana Maulit Muli SoundtrackSana Maulit Muli
I've Fallen For You SoundtrackI've Fallen for You
2006First Day High SoundtrackFirst Day High

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearFilm Awards/CriticsAwardResult
2006Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Season 1Teen Big WinnerWon
2007ENPRESS Golden Screen AwardsBest Breakthrough Performance (First Day High)Nominated
Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office AwardsMost Promising Female StarNominated
Most Popular Love Team with Gerald AndersonWon
23rd PMPC Star Awards for MoviesBest New Movie Actress (for First Day High)Nominated
Female Star of the NightNominated
21st PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest New Female TV Personality (Sana Maulit Muli)Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice AwardsPop TV Character of the Year (Poknat in Sana Maulit Muli)Won
2008Pop TV Character of the Year (Jasmine in My Girl)Won
Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office AwardsMost Popular Loveteam with Gerald AndersonWon
Anak TV Seal AwardsMost Admired Female TV PersonalityWon
34th Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Actress (for Shake Rattle and Roll X)Nominated
2009Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office AwardsMost Popular Loveteam of Movies & TV with Gerald AndersonWon
57th FAMAS AwardsGerman Moreno Youth Achievement AwardWon
Yes! Magazine's Most Beautiful Stars of 2009Primetime Ladies CategoryWon included
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice AwardPop Covergirl of the YearWon
Anak TV Seal AwardsMost Admired Female TV PersonalityWon
35th Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting Actress (I Love You, Goodbye)Nominated
Star Magic Ball 2009Couples of the Night with Gerald Anderson, and Piolo Pascual with KC ConcepcionWon
20108th Gawad TanglawBest Supporting Actress (I Love You, Goodbye)Nominated
20th Young Critics Circle AwardsBest Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child,in Leading or Supporting Role
(I Love You, Goodbye)
26th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesBest Actress in a Supporting Role (I Love You, Goodbye)Nominated
12th Gawad PASADOBest Supporting Actress (I Love You, Goodbye)Nominated
6th USTv AwardsBest Actress in a Daily Soap Opera (Tayong Dalawa)Won
41st GMMSF Box Office Entertainment AwardsPrincess of Philippine Movies and TVWon
NSSU TV AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie (Tayong Dalawa)Won
Yes! Magazine's Most Beautiful Stars of 2010Most Beautiful StarWon
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice AwardsPop Female FashionistaWon
Pop TV Character (Gwen Crisanto of Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo)Won
24th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Actress in a Drama Series (Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo)Nominated
58th FAMAS AwardsBest Supporting Actress (I Love You, Goodbye)Nominated
Star Magic Ball 2010Best Dressed Female Star of the NightWon
Walk Of Fame 2010Kim ChiuNominated
Anak TV Seal AwardsMost Admired Female TV PersonalityNominated
2011ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice AwardsPop Kapamilya TV Character (Jade/Yuan in My Binondo Girl)Nominated
Star Magic Ball 2011Female Stunner of the NightWon
Yes! Magazine's Most Beautiful Stars of 2011Primetime CategoryWon included
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice AwardsPop 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 AwardFemale Icon of the YearWon
Anak TV Seal AwardsMost Admired Female TV PersonalityWon
2012Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship FoundationPrincess of Philippine Television (My Binondo Girl)Won
Yahoo Philippines OMG! AwardBreakthrough Actress of the YearWon
Love Team of The Year with Xian LimWon
FanClub of The Year with Xian Lim (KimXi)Won
Yes! Magazine's Most Beautiful Stars of 2012Primetime CategoryWon included
Star Magic BallCouple of the Night with Xian LimWon
Anak TV Seal AwardsMost Admired Female TV PersonalityWon
4th Favorite Movies Television Shows and Music AwardsTV Actress of the YearWon
TV Series Love Team of The Year with Xian LimWon
TV Series of the Year (Ina, Kapatid, Anak/ABS-CBN 2)Won
Most Popular TV Series Character “Celyn” (Ina, Kapatid, Anak)- ABS-CBNWon
TOP 5 Most Popular TV Actress by rank: 1stWon
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: 2ndNominated
Top 10 Best Philippine TV Series of 2012 (Ina, Kapatid, Anak/ABS-CBN 2)Won
201329th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesBest Actress in a Supporting Role (The Healing)Nominated
11th Gawad TanglawBest Supporting Actress (The Healing)Nominated
61st FAMAS AwardsBest Supporting Actress (The Healing)Nominated
31st Film Academy of the PhilippinesBest Supporting Actress (The Healing)Nominated
10th Golden Screen Awards for MoviesOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama/Musical/Comedy
(The Healing)
15th Gawad PASADOBest Supporting Actress (The Healing)Nominated
The EdukCircle AwardsBest Actress, Ina Kapatid AnakWon


  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. ^ Star Magic artists aim higher heights via Philstar
  13. ^ My Girl cast members via
  14. ^ Winners of 8th Gawad Tanglaw revealed via
  15. ^ I Love You Goodbye via
  16. ^ 'Paano Na Kaya' Starring Kim, Gerald to Screen in 8 U.S. Cities this February via PRWeb
  17. ^ TNS National TV Ratings (Jan. 19-21): Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo sustains high ratings via
  18. ^ Gerald breaks down during film's press con via ABS-CBN News
  19. ^ Kim Chiu and Derek Ramsay's characters find love amidst sickness in Your Song via
  20. ^ Kim Chiu to have three leading men in Binondo Girl retrieved on July 29, 2011 via
  21. ^ Vilma Santos looks forward to shooting horror film with Kim Chiu retrieved on August 3, 2011 via
  22. ^ OMG! Awards 2013 Best Teleserye of the Year: ‘Ina, Kapatid, Anak’ #omgawardsph via
  23. ^ Ina, Kapatid, Anak International “Her Mother’s Daughter” Release via
  24. ^ Kim named Best Actress via Philstar
  25. ^ 7 love teams in Star Cinema's '24/7 In Love' via ABS-CBN News
  26. ^ Kim Chiu and Xian Lim topbill self-help romantic comedy Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo' via
  27. ^ "Kim Chiu and Xian Lim shine in 'Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo'". 
  28. ^ "'Bride for Rent' earns P325M in 3 weeks". ABS-CBN News. 
  29. ^ "'Ikaw Lamang' pilot knocks out 'Carmela'". 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. ^ Gerald on Kim: She was my first love via ABS-CBN News
  42. ^ Kim Chiu opts to take things slow with Xian Lim via
  43. ^ Horseback riding is Kim's newest hobby via ABS-CBN news
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  46. ^ [2] via Philstar

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