The Story of Us does not only serve as a comeback for the tandem of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim on television. It also allowed viewers to see stars who have been absent from the limelight for quite some time: Princess Punzalan, Beth Tamayo, brothers Leandro and Carlo Muñoz.
The KimXi tandem had the opportunity to share scenes with these U.S-based stars when they taped in New York City a couple of weeks ago.
The story of this primetime series is now focused on Tin (Kim) and Macoy's (Xian) journey in the U.S., where Kim first went there to be reunited with her mother played by Zsa Zsa Padilla. Macoy is set to follow her there.
Kim admitted to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the media during the press conference of The Story Of Us last March 8 that she got starstruck with these stars, particularly with Leandro and Carlo.
However, it is an entirely different story for Xian.
Kim said, “Ako, sobra akong nasa-starstruck.
“Kasi si Xian, siya, ‘Bro kain tayo bro, dito tayo bro’.
“[Sabi ko], ‘Huy, sikat sila! Muñoz brothers!’
“Sabi ko, ‘love team siya [Leandro Muñoz] ni Claudine Barretto, love team siya ni Judy Ann Santos!’”
According to Xian, Kim was shocked to see how Xian bonded with their co-stars, since she knew that they used to be big stars in the country.
“Kasi nagulat si Kim! Kasi sobrang bonded na kami together doon po.
“Sa eksena kasi [kami] po yung magkakasama talaga. Close na po kasi pagdating namin sa U.S.”
In the story, the characters of Beth, Leandro and Carlo are Xian’s Filipino co-workers in a nursing home in the United States who will figure in a love triangle.
“Kasi po ako po yung kasama nila pag sinusundo po sa hotel, si Miss Zsa Zsa po at saka si Kim yung [laging magkakaeksena].
“Kami po [naman] yung magkakasama sa Nursing Home. So doon na po yung circle ko, so ako ‘Kim tara kain tayo dito, samahan natin sila.’”
Kim admitted that she feels shy bonding with them, since these are the people she only used to watch on television before.
“Alam na niya [Xian] yung mga kwento nila sa Amerika, bakit sila napunta doon, anong ginagawa nila, alam na niya lahat.
“Hala, ako hindi ako nakikipagkwentuhan sa mga napapanood ko lang dati.”
But Xian convinced Kim to bond with them as well.
“Sabi ni Kim, ‘Nahihiya ako, ayoko.’
“Sabi ko, ‘Tara na Kim, mababait yang mga 'yan.”
Meanwhile, Kim also shared her experience in working with Princess Punzalan, who is very much known for her kontrabida role in Mula sa Puso as Selina.
Kim excitedly recalled, “Ay, nakasama po namin siya sa sasakyan!
“Sabi ko po sa kanya, ‘Naku Miss Princess, napi-picture ko pa rin yung tawa niyo habang sumasabog yung bus.’ Tawa siya!”
She then joked, “Di ba yung tawa niya may orange orange pa yung tawa niya? Di ba siya yun? Kasabay namin siya sa service…sumabog din!
“Hindi yun, kasama namin siya. Chika naman siya pero mas chika sila ni Miss Zsa Zsa [Padilla] kasi nahihiya kami.”
One of the unforgettable scenes in Mula sa Puso was when Selina blew up the bus carrying the lead character Via (played by Claudine Barretto). After the explosion, Selina let out an evil laugh as she watched the bus burn.
Meanwhile, Beth is known for her villain role in the 1997 soap opera Esperanza, wherein she played the third wheel in a love triangle with Judy Ann Santos and Wowie De Guzman. Her last TV appearance was in Luna Mystika starring Heart Evangelista.
Leandro is known as one of Claudine Barretto’s leading man in Saan Ka Man Naroroon, wherein she played triplets. He also appeared in Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual’s movie Kahit Isang Saglit. He last appeared in the TV5 teleserye Felina alongside Arci Muñoz.
Carlo was also popular for playing the role of Mark in the original version of Pangako Sa ‘Yo, and as the leading man of Carol Banawa and Desiree Del Valle in the teleserye Bituin.