Xian Lim

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Xian Lim
Xian Lim in Toronto 2014 02.jpg
Xian Lim singing in Toronto, 2014
BornAlexander Xian Cruz Lim Uy
(1989-07-12) July 12, 1989 (age 25)
San Francisco, California, U.S
Alma materUniversity of the East, Manila
OccupationActor, model, singer
Years active2008-present
AgentStar Magic (2008–present)
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Xian Lim
Xian Lim in Toronto 2014 02.jpg
Xian Lim singing in Toronto, 2014
BornAlexander Xian Cruz Lim Uy
(1989-07-12) July 12, 1989 (age 25)
San Francisco, California, U.S
Alma materUniversity of the East, Manila
OccupationActor, model, singer
Years active2008-present
AgentStar Magic (2008–present)

Alexander Xian Cruz Lim Uy (born July 12, 1989) is a Chinese Filipino actor, a model and a singer, also known as Xian Lim. Lim is a contract artist of Star Magic. Lim is famous for playing the roles of Andy in the series, My Binondo Girl in 2011 and now, Rocco in the movie, Bride for Rent. He and Kim Chiu are now considered as the "Box-Office loveteam" because of their second movie, Bride for Rent, which is one of the top-grossing Filipino movies of all time.


Upon graduating high school in Daly City, California, he returned to the Philippines to study college as a basketball varsity scholar at the University of the East in Manila.[1] Before getting a degree, he became involved with modeling, and eventually, acting.

Lim was cast in a few minor roles before landing a supporting role in Katorse in 2009.[2] In 2010, he was a cast in the drama Rubi as Luis Navarro. Then, he guest starred in 100 Days to Heaven as Jojo Villanueva,[3] He was a guest judge on Showtime and had one-episode appearances for Midnight DJ, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Wansapanataym and Your Song Presents: Andi.

Xian Lim performing in Toronto, 2014

In 2011, after a special participation in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin portraying the young Joaquin del Tierro,[4] he landed his first major lead role in My Binondo Girl top-billed by Kim Chiu. The romantic-comedy television drama was a nationwide success, garnering an average household TV rating of 28.2% provided by Kantar Media/TNS.[5] It was during this time that he rose to commercial fame, signing several major endorsement deals with McDonald's Philippines, Globe, SM Accessories and BDO, and gaining international support from fans from his role as Andy Wu.

In early 2012, Lim signed a three-picture contract with Star Cinema.[6] and appeared in the film, My Cactus Heart.[7] In the same year, he starred in a youth-oriented movie with Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil and Kean Cipriano, entitled The Reunion.[8] He was also back in primetime through the teleserye drama Ina, Kapatid, Anak with Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador and Enchong Dee. He also released his debut studio album So It's You under Star Records which reached a Gold Record status.[9][10]

In 2013, his film Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo? with his onscreen and offscreen partner Kim Chiu earned Php 10.5M in the first day of film showing alone, consequentially surpassing the P100-million mark at the box office for the year 2013 in three weeks time. From the outstanding box office sales, the pair obtained the nickname as the newest blockbuster royalties of their generation.

In 2014, his second movie with his rumored girlfriend Kim Chiu entitled Bride for Rent earned a whopping Php 21.2M on its first day and Php 100M in just 4 days. The movie eventually grossed Php 326,958,423 during its whole run in theaters which validated the KimXi tandem's box office draw. He will again start shooting his 3rd movie with Kim in the 3rd quarter of the year. He is also set to star in a family teleserye with Jessy Mendiola as his new leading lady and Carmina Villaroel and Ian Veneracion from the hit series Got to Believe.

Personal life[edit]

Xian Lim at the Star Magic Concert tour in Ontario, 2009

Xian Lim is an only child of his parents and is of Chinese-Filipino descent (both his parents are Filipinos of Chinese lineage). He was born in San Francisco, California, however, at only 6 months old, his family moved back to Manila, Philippines where he spent most of his childhood and elementary education. His father and mother subsequently separated when he was still young. At 10 years old they again relocated this time to Daly City, California where he completed his middle school and high school education. He didn't return to Manila until after he graduated high school at age 18.[11][12]

As a child, he was interested in music and entertainment, noting his ability to play musical instruments including piano, trombone, saxophone and guitar, later joining a symphonic band.[13] His other interests include films, traveling and sports. Lim actively promotes living a healthy lifestyle.[14] Despite admitting to be a big fan of food, he is a self-professed health-buff, enjoys activities like running and exercises, with further intentions to someday joining a triathlon.[15]

In 2011, Xian began courting fellow Star Magic artist and leading lady Kim Chiu.[16] After much speculation, Lim and Chiu were reported to be dating by 2012. After many sightings and vacations together overseas, they admitted to be exclusively dating on a July 2013 episode of ABS-CBN talk show Kris TV.[17][18] He was said to be a main support to his girlfriend in the midst of the controversy over the death of her long lost mother.[19]

Using his love for basketball and music, he also participated in various charity games including annual birthday events at local missions foundations,[20] performing at benefit concerts, an event in IloIlo under Star Magic[21] and San Juan City for the victims of Typhoon Sendong.[22] In August 2012, he and his girlfriend Kim Chiu spearheaded a relief operation in Marikina for the city's flood-affected victims.[23]

During 2013 Lim joined the PETA campaign Free Mali along with Kim Chiu. Lim made a video plea for Mali (can be viewed on YouTube) asking that she be moved to a sanctuary for the sake of her well being.[24]



2008My GirlPhotographerCameo AppearanceABS-CBN
2008–2009Your Song Presents: My Only HopeEnrico "Rick" AlejandroSupporting Role
2009KatorseAlbert ArcangelLead Role
2010Midnight DJLuis"JS Prom Nightmare" episodeTV5
MaynilaMarcEpisode: Makinig Ka, PusoGMA
Lance"Hunky and Virile" episode
RubiLuis Navarro / Luis N. FerrerExtended RoleABS-CBN
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Elias PanikiGabrielSupporting Role
Midnight DJJake"Bulong ng Demonyo" episodeTV5
Maalaala Mo KayaMark"Marriage Contract" episode[25]ABS-CBN
WansapanataymAris"Bandanang Itim" episode[26]
Your Song Presents: AndiRalph"Tell Me" episode
2011Minsan Lang Kita IibiginYoung Joaquin Del TierroSpecial Participation
Yamaha YeyHimselfCo-HostStudio 23
My Binondo GirlAndrew "Andy" WuLead RoleABS-CBN
2011–presentASAPHimselfHost / Performer
2012-2014Ina, Kapatid, AnakWilliam "Liam" LagdameoLead Role
I-Shine Talent Camp TV Seasons 1, 2 and 3HimselfHost
2014Maalaala Mo KayaMaynard"Gitara" episode
Maalaala Mo KayaJohnny Medrano"Saklay" episode


2010MamarazziOscarSupporting roleRegal Films
Two Funerals[27]GerryLead RoleIndie Film
2012My Cactus HeartBeneStar Cinema & Skylight Films
The ReunionJoaquin "Joax" PerezStar Cinema
2013Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?Francisco Alejandro "Alex" PrietoStar Cinema
2014Bride for RentRoderico "Rocco" Espiritu Jr.Star Cinema
Past TenseTBA


Studio Album[edit]

Xian LimSo It's You1. So It's You

2. Reaching Out
3. Oh Babe
4. Puso 'kong Hibang
5. Ako'y Sa'yo Lamang

2012Star RecordsPlatinum Record
Xian LimXL21. Kung 'Di Sa Iyo

2. Iibigin
3. Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?
4. Pag May Time
5. Ikaw Na
6. Si Aida o Si Lorna o Si Fe
7. Alay 'ko Sayo
8. "Di Bale
8. Keep In Mind (K.I.M.)

2014Star Records


Xian LimMy Binondo Girl ThemesongAko'y Sayo Lamang
2011Star Records
Xian LimAryana ThemesongIibigin Kita
2012Star Records
Xian LimIna, Kapatid, Anak SoundtrackKung Di Sa 'Iyo
(Liam and Celyn Themesong)
2012Star Records
Xian LimIna, Kapatid, Anak SoundtrackAlay Ko Sayo
(Liam and Celyn Themesong)
2012Star Records

Awards and Nominations[edit]

This is a list of awards and nominations received by Xian Lim during his career.

201127th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesNew Movie Actor of the Year (Two Funerals)Nominated
2012Yahoo! Philippines OMG! AwardsBreakthrough Actor of the YearWon
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! AwardsLove team of the Year with Kim ChiuWon
43rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box OfficeMost Promising ActorNominated
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice AwardsPop Pin-up BoyWon
ASAP 7th 24K Gold and 9th Platinum Circle Awards24K Male Gold Awardee So Its You (Star Records)Won
26th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Talent Search Program Host (Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp/ABS CBN 2)Nominated
Yahoo! Philippines OMG! AwardsLoveteam Of The Year with Kim ChiuWon
Yes! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful StarsPrimetime CategoryWon
5th PMPC Star Awards for MusicNew Male Recording Artist of the Year (So It's You/Star Records)Nominated
27th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Talent Search Program Host (Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp/ABS CBN 2)Nominated
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice AwardsPop Loveteam with Kim Chiu (Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo)Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice AwardsPop FansClub with Kim Chiu (KimXi)Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice AwardsPop OST Album (Ina, Kapatid, Anak/Kung Di Sa Iyo)Won
201462nd FAMAS AwardsBest Actor (Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?Nominated
1st PEP List AwardsFab Star (Male)Won
1st PEP List AwardsCelebrity Pair of the Year with Kim ChiuWon
Yes! Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful StarsBlockbuster King categoryWon
4th EdukCircle AwardsMost Influential Film ActorWon


Orotime Jewelry
Century Tuna‏
Myra Vita White
Surf Flores de Bango
Gold's Gym
Faces and Curves
McDonald's Philippines
Avon Life
Gibi Shoes
SM Accessories
Aquafresco Fragrances
Pond's Men


  1. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/22063/katorse39s-xian-lim-recalls-childhood-bonding-with-his-dad
  2. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/21851/Xian-Lim-makes-his-bid-for-leading-man-status-in-%3Cem%3EKatorse%3C-em%3E
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/XianLimOfficialFanpage/posts/208244345861980
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1820130/epcast
  5. ^ http://shrieknews.blogspot.com/2012/02/abs-cbn-welcomes-2012-with-primetime-tv.html
  6. ^ http://push.abs-cbn.com/features/4351/xian-lim-signs-a-three-picture-contract-including-one-with-kim-chiu/
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.com/My-Cactus-Heart-Maja-Salvador/dp/B007OXIYF4
  8. ^ http://push.abs-cbn.com/features/4367/enchong-dee-xian-lim-enrique-gil-and-kean-cipriano-gear-up-for-star-cinemas-the-reunion/
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Ina-Kapatid-Anak-Official-Soundtrack/dp/B00A93VUNO
  10. ^ http://theultimatefan.blogspot.com/2012/09/xian-lims-so-its-you-is-now-certified.html
  11. ^ http://entertainment.inquirer.net/37635/xian-lim-speaks-on-stardom-and-kim-chiu
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JoT5TJ6uaM
  13. ^ http://www.pep.ph/celeb/parties/the-bulletin/20512/xian-lim-channels-boys-over-flowers-for-cosmoph
  14. ^ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/entertainment/2013/08/10/xian-lim-promotes-healthy-lifestyle-297049
  15. ^ http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/04/06/xian-lim-on-having-it-all-health-and-superman/
  16. ^ http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/09/25/12/kim-tells-xian-konting-effort-pa
  17. ^ http://www.femalenetwork.com/celebrities/kim-chiu-and-xian-lim-admit-they-are-exclusively-dating
  18. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/40139/kim-chiu-promises-to-be-open-about-her-next-relationship
  19. ^ http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/06/26/13/xian-kims-critics-tama-na-respeto-lang
  20. ^ http://push.abs-cbn.com/albums/124/xian-lim-birthday-charity-event-at-the-anawim-lay-missions-foundation/
  21. ^ http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/782237/star-magic-basketball-team-plays-cause-iloilo
  22. ^ http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/243527/sports/basketball/tiu-ravena-headline-charity-basketball-game-for-sendong-victims
  23. ^ http://push.abs-cbn.com/features/8258/kim-chiu-and-xian-lim-join-forces-in-packing-and-distributing-relief-goods/
  24. ^ http://ph.news.yahoo.com/photos/celebrities-call-for-mali-s-transfer-slideshow/xian-lim-photo--372711882.html
  25. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/6950/Xian-Lim-and-Jessy-Mendiolas-characters-get-married-in-MMK
  26. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/tv/7218/erich-gonzales-and-xian-lim-reunite-for-wansapanataym39s-bandanang-itim
  27. ^ http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/artsandbooks/artsandbooks/view/20100906-290690/Gil-Portes-bizarrely-funny--Two-Funerals-shows-fact--is-stranger-than-fiction

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