MANILA – Kim Chiu woke up to the news that she’s trending on Twitter Philippines again, but this time around it’s not because of something she should feel bad about.
Apparently, Chiu was part of the trending list because of her new song “Bawal Lumabas (The Classroom Song),” the lyrics of which had the precise words that made her the target of ridicule on social media last week.
“That feeling na nagising ka trending ka ulit, kinahaban ako. Pero nung nabasa ko, para akong nagising sa isang bangungot!!! Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa lahat,” she wrote on Instagram on Tuesday.
“Things may put you down pero tayong mga Pilipino hindi natin nakakalimutan tumawa sa gitna ng pinagdadaanan natin. Mahilig tayong tumambay pero hindi sa problema. Salamat sa lahat ng nagbigay inspirasyon sa 'kin,” she added.
ABS-CBN’s music label Star Music also released a lyric video of the song on Facebook, that would make it easier for Chiu’s supporters to sing along to the track.
It would be recalled that in an online protest against the government shutdown of ABS-CBN's broadcasting operations, Chiu likened the situation of her home network to students complying with classroom rules.
The analogy, by Chiu's own admission, was not well formed and she agreed that it made little sense when she reviewed her own statement.
The hurtful words she received, however, became so unbearable for Chiu, that she had to shut herself from social media for several days.
Chiu received messages from her ABS-CBN bosses linking to the viral letter from one Adrian Crisanto, a marketing professional. In his post addressed to Chiu, Crisanto wrote detailed suggestions as to how she can turn the meme into something positive.
Among Crisanto's suggestions was for Chiu to record the "remix" of her video statement, and it has now gone viral.