Hotspot: Kim Chiu radiates deep sense of self-love as she muses on her ‘Bawal Lumabas’ journey, shares workout routine

Those who are strong enough to withstand the storm are rewarded with a brighter rainbow at the end. Kapamilya actress Kim Chiu demonstrated this equation of life in the public eye. Last May, her ‘Bawal Lumabas’ statement in an ABS-CBN live campaign rally turned into a hot topic on social media. It was used by bashers as weapon to knock her down. But as good as she is, Kim was able to turn the tables around, make use of the enemies’ stones, and turn them into her own power tools. As they say, she managed to make lemonades out of the lemons thrown at her. And the result was sweet victory.

The naysayers were shut down when Kim turned the viral ‘Bawal Lumabas’ mash-up into a full track. She launched merchandise inspired by the hit song to raise funds for the fight against COVID-19. The proceeds of ‘Bawal Lumabas’ merch were used to distribute 1,500 food packs to families and donate Php300k for the mass testing project spearheaded by fellow Kapamilya Angel Locsin. All these charitable acts became possible, funny as it may seem, through the haters’ effort to humiliate Kim.

Looking back, Kim can only laugh at what happened and celebrate over her amusing success. The perky side of her we all love was never a bit marred, still no bad blood in her heart. “Happy ako sa nangyari. Wala naman akong galit na naipon sa loob ko,” she said.

“It’s just a learning experience. After everything that has happened kaya pa rin natin  tumayo mula sa isang bagay na dinapa na tayo nang sobra-sobra. At the end of the day, meron ka pa ring dalawang paa. Pwede ka pa rin maglakad. Hindi ka naman nalumpo,” Kim’s honest musing on her ‘Bawal Lumabas’ journey.

Kim believes that keeping a positive attitude in the midst of chaos is an effect of mind-over-matter resilience. The Love thy Woman star hinted at her belief in the principles of law of attraction. She mentioned that whatever emotion instilled in the mind, whether it’s positive or negative, will manifest in the physical realm. So, she taught herself to always celebrate even the littlest spark of hope than dwell on the darkness around her.

“’Di ba kahit sa dilm may nakikita pa rin tayong liwanag sa tulong ng buwan. Mayroon pa ring sumisiwang na liwanag, so doon tayo kumapit.” said Kim, adding that you attract anything you believe in.

On dealing with cyberbullying, Kim emphasized the need for a social media detox once in a while. She told viewers not to take the negative comments in. But not everyone is as unbreakable as her. Kim acknowledged that emotions are more fragile in this stay-at-home phase. When things start to get overwhelming, just let the bashers be and learn the ‘art of dedma,’ as how celebrities call it. “Kung ikinasaya nila at ikinagaan ng loob nila na sabihin ‘yun, eh ‘di good for them, ang importante ikaw,” Kim advised.

For Kim, exercise is one of the most effective stress-busters. It releases endorphins, keeps the body in shape, and empowers the act of self-love. For this Hotspot appearance, Kim demonstrated her upper arm workout regimen using lightweight dumbbells and her waist-slimming routine with a hula-hoop.

Kim invited viewers to watch out for a shocking, heart-rending twist this week on Love thy Woman on Kapamilya Channel.

“Kahit kami nalungkot kami nu’ng nabasa namin ‘yung script. Everyday pinaghahandaan namin ang mga pangyayari,” she enticed.

Kim seems to have easily adapted to the new normal in the entertainment scene. There might have been huge changes on the set of Love thy Woman but the cast is coping well. They’re still the same bunch who loves to pig out and share ‘chika’ off-cam.

Even before she resumed taping for her teleserye, Kim got her first taste of ‘new normal’ production when she self-produced her own materials for the Star Magic “Love from Home” digital catalogue. For big stars like Kim, pulling off a pictorial always takes a whole village consists of the glam team, production crew, creatives, and more. Without these people, the “Love from Home” photoshoot was like a whole new level of experience for her. She got a little help from beau Xian Lim who acted as her photographer. “Masaya, lumabas ‘yung creativity natin. Iba siya pero its now part of the new normal,” said Kim, who also thanked everyone for their continuous support on her projects and the ABS-CBN.