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Xian Lim directs “MALA” movies to star Kim Chiu?

Actor and Kim Chius’ boyfriend Xian Lim is at it again.

He is directing anew.

Although he won’t work on a full-length feature unlike in the 2019 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival where he directed a competition entry, “Tabon,” this time he is looking at doing short videos to be shown virtually as part the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) project, “Sining Sigla,” an online art show conceptualized and programmed by the President of CCP himself, Arsenio J. Lizaso, also known in the lifestyle, entertainment and culture world as Nick Lizaso, the multimedia actor, director, writer and producer.

“Sining Sigla” is a virtual project meant to jumpstart the program of CCP to bring the classics to the people, particularly to the grassroots or the common Filipinos to continue enjoying them in these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic when most of the live shows of the Center were either cancelled or postponed because of the restriction of big gatherings to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. All the shows in the project can be watched at the CCP Office of the President and CCP Facebook pages.  

Xian was handpicked by Nick to direct “MALA.”

What is “MALA”?

It means Movies Adapted from Literary Arts.

How would Lim fare in delivering his creative job in doing visuals of literary arts, mostly written or illustrated in hard copy?

Ngayon pa lang po, nag-aaral na ako kung paano mabigyan ng ibang artistic version ang mga literary creations natin (At this early, I am already learning the hard way how to render new and other artistic versions of our literary creations),” admitted Xian in a recent virtual talk.

Beforehand, though, Lim was oriented about what literary works he would translate to video and how. He was advised that two of the most popular literary works, “Ibong Adarna” and “Florante at Laura” would be the major sources of the virtual presentation.   

One of the ways to interpret the folk lit “Ibong Adarna” and the song of Francisco Balagtas is through dramatization on film, however short feature. But then again, popular ventriloquist Ony Carcamo will join Xian as a creative team player.

Ony, obviously, will provide some puppetry interpretation of the Filipino lit classics with Xian at the helm. Therefore, it will make Lim’s work lighter and more open to many possibilities.

Being a boyfriend to Kim, people are expecting that Chiu will make a special participation in the show. Kim has all the time in the world to join in her boyfriend as she has unloaded some assignments with ABS-CBN although she’s not leaving the beleaguered network. The lovers, in all honesty, aren’t forsaking their home studio. They have all the time in the world to do other things outside the station.

Would Kim play Laura to her Florante Xian apart from being its director?

Not a bad idea, after all.

At this point that Lim has to prove to all and sundry his worth as a director and that he deserves the faith CCP has given him, he must do all possible leeway to make up for his lackluster filmmaking in last year’s Cinemalaya. Coming from Xian himself, he said that he is open for more challenging creative works.

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