MANILA – For the first time, actress Kim Chiu shared details about the surprise birthday party she organized for her on-screen partner, Xian Lim, last month.
On Tuesday’s episode of “Kris TV,” Chiu brought host Kris Aquino to Patio Vera, a family-run restaurant in Marikina where Lim’s surprise birthday party was held.
Chiu said she first went to Patio Vera for a shoot for Metro Magazine.
“Nag-shoot ako dito ng ano… ng Metro Magazine. Tapos nakita ko ‘yung venue nila cozy, parang wala masyadong tao,” she said. “Maganda kung titignan mo ‘yung loob, ate (Kris).”
“Mas maganda rito ‘pag gabi, kasi yellow ‘yung light niya,” she added.
Chiu said she only invited around 12 guests to Lim’s surprise birthday bash, which included the actor’s mother and his close friends in Manila.
The actress said she wanted the party to be very intimate.
“Kasi parang ano, dati kasi nag-birthday din siya tapos parang ‘di niya friends ‘yung imbitado. Parang sabi niya, ‘birthday ko ba ‘to o birthday mo?’” she explained. “Last year… kasi marami kami n’on, ka-close ko lahat so kaming magbabarkada lahat.”
Chiu said that while Lim enjoyed his birthday party last year, he was hoping to celebrate his special day only with his closest friends.
“Parang happy naman siya pero sabi niya, ‘wala naman akong close dito, ‘di ba dapat ‘pag birthday, invited ‘yung mga close mo?’ So ngayon, mommy niya tapos ‘yung mga best friends niya [in-invite ko]. So, happy na siya,” she said.
Dennis Caballes, one of the owners of Patio Vera, said Chiu booked a private room for Lim’s party, with the venue filled with royal blue balloons.
Chiu’s surprise for Lim also included a selection of Spanish dishes and an audio-visual presentation featuring the actor, he added.
“Not much info ah,” Chiu told Caballes, laughing.
Chiu and Lim earlier admitted on “Kris TV” that they are exclusively seeing each other.
The two star in the 2013 box office hit “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?”