Kim Chiu pictures her 2013 as going "from light color to dark color"—and ending in the lighter colors of the rainbow.
"Yun nandun ako, pero it will end naman this year na into lighter colors ng rainbow parang ganun,” she tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
PEP interviewed Kim during the opening of her first clothing business, Adorata Weddding +, last December 12, on P. Tuazon in Cubao, Quezon City.
The 23-year old actress appeared cheerful, an indication she may have gotten past the trying times of 2013.
She had grieved the death of her mother.
And she had endured the reality of her then-best friend Maja Salvador and ex-boyfriend Gerard Anderson becoming an item.
Now, Kim says that she wants to do something outside of showbusiness.
“Kasi parang yung 2013 ko, para siyang roller coaster.
"To end this year I want to open a business na malayo sa araw-araw ko na ginagawa.
“Parang nararamdaman ko nag-grow na ako, wow! So nakakatuwa yun.”
ADORATA WEDDING +. The young Kim, who is considered a fashionista, has started a clothing business in partnership with two of the famous designers in the country, Pepsi Herrera and Edwin Tan.
She relates her excitement about the new experience of becoming an enterpreneur.
"It’s a different world, kasi it’s more into the business of selling.
"And it’s my first time na makipag-partner sa business.
“First time ko mag-business ng damit.
"Since I love clothes, lalo na mga gowns—and yun, it’s so exciting to have a business like this."
The Adorata Wedding + is a boutique specializing in ready-to- wear wedding gowns.
Kim elaborates, “It’s ready-to-wear wedding gowns para hindi na sila [brides-to-be] mahirapang mamili ng design.
"Para siyang sa States, pupunta ka sa isang store na puro pang bride-to-be.
“Plus, it’s Pepsi Herrera and Edwin Tan. So, parang ang ganda ng taste nila sa gowns, so hindi ako nagdalawang isip na makipag-partner.”
How did they come up with the concept?
Kim answers, “Si Pepsi Herrera, siya kasi gumagawa ng mga gowns ko usually, tinanong niya ako if I want to partner with them regarding this business.
“Tapos, noong sinabi nila ‘to sa akin, tapos inexplain nila, it’s so exciting! Parang Hollywood na business, di ba?
“Parang ganito yung feel na papasok ka sa isang store, tapos mamimili ka ng gusto mong wedding gown na isusuot on your wedding."
SALES PITCH. The new businesswoman proceeds to make a sales pitch, telling PEP that in Adorata, they also do alterations and whatever adjustments the bride-to-be wants.
“Kami na rin dito yung mag-a-alter, and kung ano po gusto nilang ipadagdag, very affordable.
“P35,000 to P120,000 kasi pag nagpapagawa ka ng gown, o kaya P180,000-200,000.
"Pero, here you can find a gown for P30,000. At hindi lang siya bridal gown.
"Meron din kaming tuxedo for men, ready to wear lahat, and debutante’s gown.
“Katulad ng mga sinusuot ko na debut gowns! Basta lahat! Maraming design, maraming choices for a very affordable price.
"And guaranteed, kasi the gowns [carry the names] of Pepsi, Edwin… and me. Chos!”
2013 A BLESSING. Counting her blessings, Kim points to her newly opened wedding-gown business as the best gift she has received this year.
“Siguro, ito na lang yung mga nangyayari sa buhay ko ngayon, masaya and thankful ako.
“And I hope this [Adorata] works."
She says she has no promises to make for 2014.
“Hindi ako nag-New Year’s resolution, hindi naman nangyayari yun,” she says.