Manila, Philippines – MUSICAL GIFT – Xian Lim, 22, may not look like it, but he is an artist, with the passion and emotion and sensitivity of one. He writes songs and plays the piano, cello, sax, guitar, and ukelele. Xian also sings.
The actor of “My Binondo Girl” fame got his musical gift from his mother, a piano teacher. Early on, Xian’s mother taught him how to play the piano, even if he has other interests, like playing basketball.
SONG FOR KIM – Xian is making good use of his gift of music in ABS-CBN’s soap “My Binondo Girl,” where he shares stellar roles with Kim Chiu, Matteo Guidecelli, and Jolo Revilla. His piano-playing in the nightly drama series is for real. Xian wrote a song for Kim, “Ako’y Sa ‘Yo Lamang,” on an impulse. Which turned out to be good enough to be the theme of the soap.
With apologies, in a manner of speaking, to Matteo and Jolo, it’s the Kim-Xian tandem which televiewers like best. Fans call it “Jandy,” for their TV roles Jane Dimagiba and Andy Wu. Or “KimXi,” for their first names.
US-BORN AND EDUCATED – Xian hopes to come up with an album, all-original, songs he wrote, of course. He looks up to Ogie Alcasid. During his younger years, his idol was Van Cliburn, incidentally Imelda Marcos’ friend and favorite pianist.
He grew up and studied in the US, Daly City, California, with his mother, who’s separated from his father, a Chinese mestizo who used to play for the University of the East and PBL. He came to the Philippines intending to join UE’s basketball team, but fate had other plans for him.
FINE ACTOR – Xian realized that acting was his real calling. It suits his artistic inclinations and moods. He confessed he’s too emotional for comfort, affected by little things. “I’m trying to hold my emotion,” he said.
Xian is getting good notices for his acting in “My Binondo Girl.” And of course his good looks—tall and fair. Ramp and commercial model material, which he also is. Xian is the newest Mint clothing line and Orotime Italian Trend Jewelry endorser.
In the indie “Two Funerals,” directed by Gil Portes, Xian was nominated best actor in Cinemalaya.
Xian said he attended all the workshops of Star Magic, realizing there are still much more to learn in terms of acting.
NEW LOVETEAM – After “My Binondo Girl,” Xian Lim is ready for bigger and better roles. Full stardom no less.
He has the looks, dedication, appeal and most important, talent.
Kim Chiu may have lost Gerald Anderson to Sarah Geronimo. But then she’s “snagged” Xian.
By the way, his mom has relocated here, sharing with her son a condo unit near ABS-CBN. She runs her business, real estate, via the internet. But come Sunday, Xian travels to Bulacan to be with his father.
Xian confessed he’s not a nightowl; would rather stay at home two write songs. But the he still plays basketball.
Actor, songwriter, singer, pianist… artist. And cager, too.
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