MANILA - Xian Lim has sent a bouquet of flowers to young actress Bea Binene to apologize for controversially mentioning her name to refer to an impersonator of Kim Chiu during a recent episode of "Banana Nite."
Binene took to Instagram Tuesday to share a photo of the flowers with the caption: "I was surprised when I saw this when I got home. Thank you, [Xian Lim]! You don't need to give me these, but still, you did. God bless you!"
The photo, which had 2,700 likes as of writing, also showed a letter signed by Lim. It reads: "Hi Bea! I just want to apologize for what happened nung Chinese New Year. I want you to know na I didn't mean it as an insult nung binanggit ko pangalan mo. Thanks for understanding, and sorry for everything!"
Lim has also apologized to Charmae Viking, the former "Kalokalike" contestant known for her impersonation of Chiu.
The "Ikaw Lamang" actress, Lim's frequent onscreen partner, earlier said the actor was deeply affected by the criticisms he received over the incident involving Viking.
"Sobra siyang malungkot, hindi mo siya makausap," Chiu said last week, referring to Lim. "As in hindi siya kumakain, hindi siya nagpapagupit ng hair, ayaw niya."
During the January 31 episode of "Banana Nite," Lim repeatedly referred to Viking as Binene when she emerged on stage as a surprise performer. The actor was also seen to be evasive when interacting with the former "It's Showtime" contestant.
The show's director, Bobot Mortiz, admitted that neither Lim nor Viking was properly briefed about performing together, citing this as the reason for the apparent awkwardness on stage.
Prior to Lim's apology to her, Binene had already said on Twitter that she was not offended by the actor's remark.
"I don't take that personally," she said in a post on February 2. "I have nothing against the both of them. I even wanna thank Xian for mentioning my name. To the Kalokalike, you are pretty too and I'm happy na kahawig daw kita. Thank you."