President Rodrigo Duterte on the TIME magazine cover (left) and Kim Chiu during her launch as a mattress brand's endorser on Friday.
TIME magazine (left); Philstar.com/Jan Milo Severo (right)
Kim Chiu on being the ‘gwapa’ that disrupted the ‘strongman’
Jan Milo Severo (philstar.com) - May 4, 2018 - 1:21pm

MANILA, Philippines — Prior to the announcement that President Rodrigo Duterte has been included on the cover of TIME magazine’s May 14 issue in which he is referred to as a “strongman,” he has been captivated by the charm and beauty of Cebuana and Kapamilya star Kim Chiu.

In an interview with Philstar.com on Friday, Kim proudly said that she voted for Duterte in the last national elections.

The “Da One That Ghost Away” star also recalled what happened on Labor Day. She said she did not expect to host the event in front of the Philippine president.

“Actually nagulat din talaga ko. At first kasi, ang sabi lang sa amin, parang before the president will arrive, kami ‘yung host. Noong pagdating namin dun, arrival pala ni president ‘yung iho-host namin so parang nakakagulat na experience,” the “Chinita Princess” said.

“Nung nakita ko siya, parang ‘Oh my God’ siya yung presidente ng Pilipinas. At the same time, hindi naman masyadong nakakakaba kasi Bisaya naman so nirequired naman kaming magsalita ng Bisaya. Hometown ko naman siya, Cebu, so pag nagjojoke ako dun natatawa naman sila,” she added.

Regarding the scene in Duterte’s speech where he was interrupted by Kim’s presence, to the point that he described the actress as “gwapa,” Kim said she was overwhelmed by the remark.

“Nagulat ako kasi ang seryoso ng speech niya, Endo eh, tapos biglang sinabi niya na si ‘Kim Chiu ka ba talaga?’ Ay, opo sir, tapos ‘yun ang gwapa ko nga daw,” she giggled.

Kim has been launched as new endorser of healthy sleep systems Derucci. Established in 2004 in New York and boasting of 2,200 showrooms worldwide, the international brand is now in the Philippines with a flagship store located at the heart of Old Manila, the original premier shopping district.

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