It was long overdue. After they hit in My Binondo Girl, they were placed as part of an ensemble via Ina, Kapatid, Anak, where the loveteam wasn’t really pushed because it was more of a family drama. After having two blockbuster films, they were separated on TV. Kim was paired with Coco Martin and Xian was left without any projects.
You can only imagine the longing of their fans to see them together on TV. They were given films after not being a pair on TV for a time. The first one was a comedy, Past Tense, which was fairly good, but was not marketed well. It wasn’t shown in the primetime news on ABS-CBN, TV Patrol. A few people knew about it and on its first day, there were technical glitches that it was not shown in many provinces.
The second one, an out of the blue MMFF entry, All You Need is Pag Ibig, was a rushed project and it was quite evident. I only watched the parts of KimXi and yes, I did not watch it in cinemas, like what I religiously did with their past films. KimXi’s story was quite ordinary that it wasn't worth to be made into a film. I scanned the film and I found the story of the two oldies the most interesting. Without a good story, I was simply looking for kilig, but it wasn’t given by its director. I couldn’t last watching the couple’s kissing scene in the last part because the camera was rotating and you will just get dizzy catching up. It was obvious that the tandem of Jodi Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion was favored in that film, and not even Kris Aquino. It was my least favorite among the movies of KimXi and the only one that I did not bother re-watching.
While Kim was continuously bestowed with TV and movie projects, Xian was only able to resurrect himself via the film, Everything about Her, early this year. And boy, he really made an impact and many people finally accepted him as an actor and someone who can stand on his own even without a loveteam partner.
When The Story Of Us was announced, many KimXi fans were actually surprised that it happened because we were at the point when we were already accepting that the tandem was bound to go separately careerwise. In their interviews, Kim and Xian both expressed that this may be their last TV project as a loveteam. It was okay because they aren’t really getting any younger and they have both proven that they can do other projects and shine without being paired together.
For most of the KimXi fans, this is a farewell project. This is something that we would record because we never know when we'd see them next as a pair on screen. It was special. During the promo, the project sounded special as well. It would be shot outside of the country and KimXi would have a love scene, a first for their teamup.
When it started showing, I kept on reading tweets of certain fans. Many of them were happy with the technical aspects of the soap and the story. I was not entertained at all. The story was a bore. Actually, there was no strong story. It only revolves on a theme – wagas na pag-ibig. The soap ran for a couple of months without a clear idea about where it was heading. It was apparent by the lack of cliffhangers in the preview of its upcoming episodes. For me, it only showed that even the creatives behind it were finding it hard to make the story more exciting.
Even without a good and solid story, I continued watching because every day, I became a witness to the continuous improvement of the two leads, Kim and Xian, in terms of their acting.
Out of the blue, the director was changed. I was actually happy because I was a fan of Ms. Cathy Garcia Molina. I thought that she can finally lead this soap to a real “wagas na pag-ibig” turn. But I was very wrong. Kim’s character was married to the character who’s being played by a newbie who needs subtitles whenever he is delivering his dialogues. I can’t understand him and I don’t want to be rude, but he doesn’t register well on TV. There were a lot of actors who could have played his important role, actors who can deliver, such as the likes of Enchong Dee or Rayver Cruz, or another newbie who can deliver and who can speak with clarity.
During the time of Direk Richard Somes, I religiously watched the soap without a miss, but I must admit that I was bored. When Direk Cathy took charge, I watched till the day that Kim and Xian parted ways in the cottage and Xian as Macoy, surrendered himself to the cops. It was the night that The Story Of Us ended in my mind. A bittersweet ending that left me with a lot of what could have been.
If there are many violent reactions from most KimXi fans that the show is getting now, it is mainly because of a broken promise. Can they do this kind of disrespect to other fan groups, like – marry Kathryn Bernardo to another star instead of Daniel Padilla in a story that was marketed as their solo show as a team? I doubt it. It saddens me that the show that once brought the fans together is now the reason why the KimXi fandom is breaking apart. Most fans are hurting. I know that Kim and Xian understand that based on their non-tweets about the upcoming episodes wherein they will be paired with other people.
The series did not succeed in its premise of being a tribute to OFWs, with the character of Kim as Tin, being weak and obsessed with money. Xian’s character was morally okay that is why many fans were rooting for him. This makes it unfair for Kim. It is plain and obvious now that the real purpose of Star Creatives for mounting the show was to break up the loveteam of KimXi in our faces. They could have done it in a better way, by having Kim play the kind of character that many people can also relate to. She could have been the independent woman who became so used to managing on her own in New York and made Macoy feel that she no longer needed him when he came.
The Story Of Us has no solid story. It only goes with the flow. It injects characters and eliminates those who could have made it a better soap had their characters stayed. Until now, I can’t accept that the Darwin character died. He could have grown up and still remembers Tin even though she had forgotten about him. There was no need for Tin to get married. The story could have been better had it not gotten out of Palawan. It fell into a disaster when it moved to New York.
So what happened to the character of Aiko? Why Tin did not bother to visit the grave of her brother? Why did Macoy left the Philippines when he had a good job only to become an illegal alien abroad? There were a lot of loopholes and until now, they are creating even more. As much as I want to see Kim and Xian often on TV, this is not something that I can stand and waste my time with. I’ll continue being a fan and support their projects if I find them worthwhile. For Kim and Xian, choose your projects wisely. Now that Dreamscape is becoming better when it comes to stories and delivery, I think that it is high time for Star Creatives to take a rest and focus in making films instead, where they are good at.
Xian has honed his acting skills. I really hope that you’d be given more projects similar to EAH. Kim, please be careful with the roles that you portray. In the local showbiz industry, for me, there are only three who are genuinely adored mostly by kids, Sarah G, Toni G. and Kim. My niece loved you, Kim, but asks me now why are you kissing another guy in a story where she thought Xian was supposed to be the boyfriend. You can get more mature and keep on improving without giving up your wholesome image. Just be wise and I hope that your next projects will be something that can be watched by kids as well.
The story of Kim and Xian behind the camera is actually more interesting than the soap where they are starring in. Whether they are a couple or not for real, the friendship and the journey of that friendship is really inspiring. It is something that creates magic when they are together on screen. It is something that we’re now being deprived of seeing with where their soap opera is heading.