Kim Chiu is staying with ABS-CBN.
The actress assured her fans that she will remain a Kapamilya even after her teleserye, Love Thy Woman, ends its run.
This is despite Star Magic’s move to allow its artists to do projects in rival networks GMA-7 and TV5, as confirmed by its head, Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan.
Star Magic is the talent management arm of ABS-CBN.
This decision comes after Congress killed the broadcast franchise of ABS-CBN’s free TV and radio stations on July 10, 2020, leaving a lot of artists jobless.
During the virtual press conference for Love Thy Woman’s finale yesterday, September 2, Kim said that a new project has already been offered to her after the series ends on September 11.
“Sa ngayon, nasa Kapamilya network pa naman ako with Love Thy Woman and may binigay sa aking isang project.
“Of course, I’m very happy to do it sa Kapamilya network pa rin, so, still Kapamilya!”
Kim also commented on Mr. M's decision to allow Star Magic talents to find work in rival networks, still under its management.
“Siyempre, iba naman iyong mga perspective namin, and si Mr. M, binibigyan lang din kami ng chance, iyong ibang wala namang work.
“But on my side, sobrang lucky ako that ABS-CBN still gives me projects para manatili sa Kapamilya network.”
About her next project, Kim dropped a few hints: “In the next few weeks, mapapanood nila ako every day and hanggang doon na lang muna. We’re still together forever.”
Kim is also set to do a project with boyfriend Xian Lim, who is also part of Love Thy Woman.
She related, “May niluluto sila for us and it’s gonna be exciting and kami rin, sobrang excited kami ni Xian and malapit na rin kaming magsimula.
“So it’s a surprise for all our solid supporters, and I’m sure they will be super excited and super happy katulad ni Xi.”
Kim and Xian’s other co-stars in Love Thy Woman are Yam Concepcion, Ruffa Gutierrez, Sunshine Cruz, Eula Valdes, Dominic Ochoa, David Chua, Karl Gabriel, and Christopher de Leon.
Love Thy Woman premiered on February 10, 2020 on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold block.
The series stopped airing on March 20, 2020, a week after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was declared. This prompted the network to halt production for its entertainment programs.
On May 5, 2020, ABS-CBN stopped its broadcast operations after National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a cease and desist order following the expiration of the network’s congressional franchise.
Love Thy Woman—along with A Soldier’s Heart and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano—resumed its run on TV, after ABS-CBN decided to cancel most of its entertainment programs because of the effects of the pandemic and the network shutdown.
Both Love Thy Woman and A Soldier’s Heart had more than four weeks worth of episodes prior to the suspension of tapings.
On June 1, 2020, the cast and staff of Love Thy Woman returned to work and shot fresh episodes in a lock-in taping.
On June 15, 2020, Love Thy Woman resumed its run on ABS-CBN’s cable channel, Kapamilya Channel.
After Congress killed the franchise of ABS-CBN, the network launched its online platform, Kapamilya Online Live, where some of its programs are being streamed on YouTube and Facebook.
Love Thy Woman became a success online, and ranked as the number one most-watched TV show on ABS-CBN’s streaming platform, iWant (now called iWantTFC).
Its real-time viewers on Kapamilya Online Live also reached more than 45,000, its biggest number so far.
KIM ON “PINAKAMADILIM NA PANGYAYARI SA ABS-CBN”
At the time Kim returned to taping with her co-stars, ABS-CBN was in the middle of hearings with Congress for the renewal of its franchise.
On July 10, 2020, 70 congressmen voted for the denial of the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise, putting the fate of upcoming programs in limbo, and causing the loss of jobs for almost 11,000 employees.
With the sad turn of events, Kim described what happened as “pinakamadilim na pangyayari.”
She said, “Ako, sa sobrang daming nangyayari, masaya ako na ganito iyong perspective ko sa buhay, parang hindi ko masyado sinasarili lahat.
“I’m very lucky na maraming tao sa paligid ko na alam kong nandiyan for me. Sila na rin iyon, mga co-stars ko, magkakasama kami, iyong nangyari, ang pinakamadilim na pangyayari sa ABS.
“So we have each other and ayun, nararamdaman namin ang isa’t isa at kumukuha kami ng lakas sa isa’t isa.
“So noong nangyari iyon, hindi kami alone, we have each other. Wow! Hahaha! Pero totoo iyon, we have each other.
“Nagkuwentuhan kasi mahirap iyong tinatago mo lang sa sarili mo. Nagkukuwentuhan kami ni Mama Shine, Miss Eula, Miss Ruffa, Yam, sila Direk, mga staff and crew.
“Hinuhugot namin iyong lakas namin sa isa’t isa dahil parehong pareho kami ng nararamdaman.”
LOCK-IN TAPING AND BONDING WITH CAST
In early August, Love Thy Woman wrapped up its lock-in taping.
Kim looked back on the things she would miss the most during those days.
She shared, “Grabe itong Love Thy Woman, one year plus namin siyang ginawa and then, nagsimula kami sa isang araw na ang meron lang kami ay 8 sequences ‘tapos natapos kami ng 40 sequences a day!
“So, grabe iyong bonding namin, makikita mo iyong professionalism ng isa’t isa, kung paano sa set.”
The lock-in taping helped the cast build relationships and become closer together, especially since they stayed in one place.
“Siyempre, iisa lang kami ng inuuwian, iisa lang kami ng service lahat, so pantay-pantay kami ng energy lahat.
“So doon mo nakikilala kung ano iyong ugali talaga ng isa’t isa kasi wala ka nang itatago, e, kasi sobrang open na naming lahat.
“Sobra akong thankful sa experience na nakilala ko co-workers ko on and off cam. Grabe, sobrang solid ng samahang ito.”
Kim also lauded her co-stars’ performances, which motivated her to do better despite the limitations set by safety protocols.
She continued, “Parang minsan mapapaisip ka na lang na, ‘Ang galing, nagawa natin ng ganun iyong mga eksena. Ang galing niyo, guys.’
“So, parang mai-inspire ka na lang din na, ‘Shocks, kailangan ko rin galingan, kailangan ko kumeep up! Jia Wong, let’s go!’
“’Tapos, kapag gabi naman, ‘Kim Chiu, kailangan mong mag-entertain, let’s go!’
“Parang lahat, happy. Lahat, game. Lahat, professional. Lahat ng tao, masaya.
“So, hindi siya mahirap na environment dahil lahat ng tao, ang sarap kasama and parang nabitin nga ako! Sayang, ‘tapos na kami.
“But I’m very happy for this luxurious experience, thank you so much!”