After capturing hearts in ABS-CBN's recently-concluded primetime soap My Binondo Girl, Xian Lim's face is here to stay on television—and now even on print advertisements and billboards along main avenues.
At the launch of Globe Telecom's new offer at noon today, March 23, at Mario's restaurant on Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Xian was announced as the new face of the company.
After playing the winsome Andy Wu, Kim Chiu's love pair in My Binondo Girl, Xian's face is becoming more visible through commercials; more recently in television advertisements for a shampoo brand and a popular fast food chain.
"Sobrang saya ko na they gave me the trust. And I'm really happy that the day's finally here, nandito tayo sa launch.
"Excited ako. That's all I can say," tells a fresh-looking Xian at the said press conference today.
As the telecommunications company's latest promo offers the unlimited access to social networking sites Facebook and Twitter through Internet-capable cell phones, inquiries on how Twitter bashing against celebrities has gotten out of hand, were hurled at Xian.
The 22-year-old actor, who keeps a Facebook and Twitter account, expressed how he has not been spared from receiving positive and negative feedback.
Xian states, "Sa mga negative comments about me, I don't really pay attention that much...
"For me, babasahin ko siya... it's just good room for improvement din, e. 'Pag in-analyze ng konti: 'Bakit kaya nila sinasabi yun?'"
The actor says he receives criticism about his acting.
"Sa akin naman po, kasi mga nababasa ko lang po is parang minsan... hindi nila nagustuhan yung eksena, nagrereklamo sila bakit daw ganyan-ganyan... Yun lang po yun.
"Pero hindi pa naman ako nakaka-experience ng sobra-sobrang pag-atake sa akin. Pero... I'd know how to handle it."
Xian focuses mostly on the good comments.
"Lahat po kasing [ng] binabasa ko [ay] yung mga magaganda, e.
"'Pag nakikita ko yung [mga comment na,] 'Ay, parang hindi masyado pumatak yung luha niya dun!' yung mga ganun, e, di next time talagang papapatakin ko na yung [luha ko] nang todo-todo!"
Alongside receiving critiques of his acting, the actor says he has read feel-good ones as well.
"Ang pinaka-nagulat ako was... these past months, nakaka-receive ako ng parang, 'O, I named my baby after you.' Yung mga ganun.
"They were saying they named their baby after me... Kasi yung iba, Lim na talaga yung last name. [So] Xian Lim yung baby!"
"RESPONSIBILITY." Most celebrities these days opt for creating accounts on social networking sites to promote their projects.
Xian Lim has, as of today, 691,479 followers on Twitter, and three major fan pages on Facebook (Xianatics, KimXi, and Team FX) which he himself actively participates in.
How important are the social networking sites in advancing his career?
Xian replies, "Ako masasabi ko sobrang importante... it plays a huge factor [sa] pagpo-promote ng shows, pagpo-promote ng mga mall shows.
"It's also a good way to communicate with the fans—kung may gusto ba silang sabihin sa 'yo, kung meron ba silang gustong iparating sa 'yo.
"It's a good way to have that bonding with them kasi they give their full support.
"All you can do is give back by getting to know them more."
Xian mentions that artists who receive rude and nasty bashing on Twitter should learn to sort out the positive remarks from the snide ones.
"Ang isipin lang nila, there's one basher and there are hundred thousands more who want to listen to... who want to listen sa mga positive things that you want to say.
"So [that's] one versus a hundred thousand. So, pipiliin mo lang..."
Will Xian get back at irresponsible Twitter netizens who will direct bad tweets about him?
"No. Of course not, of course not," he retorts.
"Kasi that's their opinion, e. May right naman silang magsabi ng ganun.
"But I'm not going to entertain it... Feel free to say anything you want. It's [your] own opinion."
Asked how artists must responsibly handle social networking sites, Xian relays, "Dapat kasi... especially for actors... marami kayong followers, marami kayong naa-affect, maraming nakaka-relate sa inyo na mga tao...
"Nakaka-inspire kayo ng maraming tao. Nakakapagpasaya kami ng maraming tao...
"You have to be really careful with what you say kasi you might offend other people.
"So, you just take it in. You [just] have to worry about the people who love you, di ba?"