CODE RED

Six years af­ter her last solo cover with Pre­view, Kim Chiu re­mains on top of her game.

Preview (Philippines) - - From The Archives - BY MARJ RAMOS

The last time we shot Kim Chiu for a solo cover, the then-20-year-old ac­tress was hes­i­tant to wear red lip­stick and was half-ex­cited, half-ner­vous about the shoot. She was clad in a bright red faux fur jacket by En­rico Carado, with her long black hair punc­tu­ated by a blunt fringe. “I didn’t have any idea about fash­ion be­fore. So at first, natakot ako sa bangs kasi ang ka­pal and su­per bangs ta­laga! But they told me I had to wear it, so I did,” she re­calls, claim­ing that it was her first time to try on a bold look. But Kim, be­ing the pro­fes­sional that she is, stood atop a build­ing in Rock­well and gave her best poses for Mark Nic­dao against the city’s sky­line un­der the scorch­ing sun. “I didn’t have any idea at that time that it would turn out [the way it did] kasi pinatayo lang nila ako sa ta­ble sa rooftop. Pose, click, pose, click, then done! ’Yun na ’yun!”

It was for Oc­to­ber 2010, and in her cover story, Kim talked about build­ing her own home, her life pre-pi­noy Big Brother: Teen Edi­tion fame, her dream roles, and how she was open to be­ing paired with some­one else other than her orig­i­nal on­screen part­ner, Ger­ald An­der­son. The chinita star, who had just re­cently cel­e­brated her 11th year in lo­cal show biz, has come full cir­cle: She has built a mul­ti­mil­lion-peso home in Que­zon City; been paired with other lead­ing men, in­clud­ing Xian Lim and Coco Martin; and is cur­rently work­ing on her next big project (yup, you guessed it)—a much-an­tic­i­pated re­union with her old flame. Ikaw Lang ang Iibi­gin will be ev­ery true-blue #Kimer­ald fan’s dream come true.

While the rise and fall of stars can some­times be as fleet­ing as a sum­mer fling, Kim has se­cured her right­ful place in the spot­light. She con­tin­ues to play in the big leagues, and six years af­ter our cover shoot, which she feared she couldn’t pull off, she ad­mits, “Ac­tu­ally, when I look back, that cover is one of my fa­vorites.”

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