Looking at the roster of ABS-CBN loveteams today, one pair that stands out is Xian Lim and Kim Chiu.
Born out of experiment from the teleserye My Binondo Girl, the KimXi loveteam definitely has a unique brand of “kilig” that has viewers hooked and wanting more.
GIVING IN TO THE TASTE OF FANS. Coming from the success of Kim’s team-up with Gerald Anderson, it became a challenge for the network to re-establish the actress with a new loveteam partner.
Enter the primetime series My Binondo Girl, where Kim starred with three leading men— Jolo Revilla, Matteo Guidicelli, and Xian Lim— perhaps to see which combination would click best.
In the beginning, fans seemed to favor a Matteo Guidicelli - Kim Chiu loveteam because of their Cebuano connection and onscreen chemistry.
Soon, however, the glow of their impending partnership dimmed as the public got to know about Matteo’s relationship with Maja Salvador.
(Maja was Kim’s friend, which made it a little awkward for the latter’s followers to see their idol canoodling with her friend’s boyfriend onscreen.)
This gave Jolo a window of opportunity to step forward and make his presence felt in Kim’s circle.
They appeared to hit it off right away, with Jolo winning Kim’s attention by bringing her favorite food, siomai, every day on the set.
Many thought that it would all lead to courtship, but Jolo admitted that while he admired Kim, he wasn’t keen on making a move to formally court her.
THE BIRTH OF KIMXI. As the show My Binondo Girl progressed, fans became drawn to the chemistry of Jade and Andy, played by Kim and Xian, respectively.
The plot of contrasting personalities falling in love with each other appealed to fans.
And seeing that Kim and Xian too have a good, friendly relationship off-screen— plus, they are both single— made things even more exciting.
Xian’s grand gestures in showing affection for Kim— composing a love song, serenading her on the set, giving lavish gifts, and their going on fancy dates— also made this love story more interesting.
Since then, the KimXi loveteam has beome a bankable pair for the Kapamilya network; and after My Binondo Girl ended its run, Ina Kapatid Anak soon aired as a follow-up project for the duo.
TAKING THINGS SLOW. Learning well from her previous experience, Kim is one to take extra caution now, particularly in matters of the heart.
She has learned well not to cave in to the hype of her successful loveteam.
Xian understands this very well, too, and despite pursuing Kim— he started sometime late last year— he remains patient and steadfast even in the midst of issues that call him a “user.”
He told PEP in a previous interview, "Basta pararamdam ko kay Kim na espesyal siyang tao all the time.
"Basta nandiyan kami sa isa't isa. Yun yung promise namin."
For her part, Kim reiterates that Xian is a “good friend” whom she can confide in and constantly spend time with.
They sure share a lot of bonding moments together even outside work, including that time when Kim met up with her estranged father in Cebu last April.
But will this closeness ever lead to a serious relationship? That may be something to look forward to, for now.
In the meantime, fans would have to do with the growing love story of Kim and Xian as Celyn and Liam in Ina Kapatid Anak, where they are now officially a couple.