Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu (born April 19, 1990) is the first Teen Big Winner of
Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition, besting 13 teen housemates. Kim and the rest of
the housemates entered the Big Brother house on April 23, 2006. After 42 days of
spending summer in the Big Brother house, Kim was named the Teen Big Winner with
626,562 votes or 41.4% of the total votes at the Aliw Theater, Cultural Center
of the Philippines Complex in Pasay City on June 3, 2006.
Kim is a junior high school student at the Distance Learning Center of ABS-CBN,
the network's school for their young talents/artists.
Life inside the Big Brother House
A Chinese-Filipino, Kim was never nominated by her co-teen housemates because of
her sense of humor and her smile as well as her very positive disposition and
sportsmanship that made her one of the early bets by the viewers to win. A
semi-contortionist, Kim made everyone laugh with her stunts like crossing her
two legs at the back of her head. She also sang songs and played the guitar with
teen housemates Mikee, Matt and Gerald.
A go-getter, she made sure she accomplished the tasks given to her by Big
Brother without hesitation. Tasks include eating exotic Filipino delicacies,
rope climbing in the garden and sticking out the tongue for an hour, just to
name a few. She also participated in the group task to give Jamilla's son, Miggy,
who has cleft palate, the remaining four operations to be shouldered by some
doctors at St. Lukes Hospital. One of the tasks was braiding the hair of the
girls for six hours.
After a 10-month relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Kim became sort of a
man-hater although she wasn't afraid to admit her admiration to two housemates
inside the house. Earlier in the season, the housemates admitted to each other
their crushes among the Teen Housemates. Kim said that she likes Mikee, who also
admitted that she likes Kim. From then on, the two were inseparable and
oftentimes teased by the rest of the housemates. Both of them can sing and play
the guitar, which was their favorite pastime together. On the other hand, as the
Teen Housemates dwindled each week, Kim found comfort and good friendship with
Gerald, a Filipino-American teen housemate from General Santos City. Kim and
Gerald became close friends forming a love triangle.
As part of the simple wishes of Kim to Big Brother, she met her idol, the
acoustic band MYMP (Make Your Momma Proud) while she was still inside the house.
Two weeks before The Big Night, she was taken out of the house blind-folded to
record the Chinese song, Peng You (朋友) by Emil Chou with Juris of MYMP. The song
was translated in Filipino and was made into a music video, showing clips in the
Big Brother house.
Previously on their first week inside, she was asked by fellow teen housemates
Jamilla and Aldred to sing in Chinese. Kim sang Peng You and explained the
lyrics line by line. Peng You is friend in Mandarin.
Kim Chiu accepts her winnings.
The Big Night
The Teen Big Four dressed like princes and princesses in The Big Night: The
Fairy Tale Finale of the Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition. Local teen stars and
the Celebrity Big Four attended the show. Toni Gonzaga, the original host of the
show was back to host the event together with Mariel Rodriguez and ex-Celebrity
Housemate 3rd Big Placer, Bianca Gonzalez.
Clare Cabuigin of Bukidnon was fourth with 18.5% of votes. General Santos City
native, Gerald Anderson exited the Palace Confession Room and was 3rd place
scoring 19.4%. And first runner-up was the Ateneo student Mikee Lee, with 20.7%
of the votes cast.
Kim Chiu ranked first among the four with 41.4% and was named the Teen Big
Winner. Included in the prizes are 1 million pesos (US$19,000), a condominium
unit, a 4-year college scholarship courtesy of AMA Computer University, among
other prizes worth 3 million pesos (US$57,000).
Life after Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition
The day after The Big Night, The Big Four already appeared in different TV
shows. Kim, Mikee, Gerald and Clare together with the ex-Teen Housemates
appeared in the Sunday noontime show of ABS-CBN, ASAP 06. The ex-Teen Housemates
danced the Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition's theme song, "Kabataang Pinoy"
(Filipino Youth) by Itchyworms.
Kim sang her song, Peng You. She wore a cheongsam dress with her hair set like
Chun-Li's. Hosts Luis Manzano and Piolo Pascual announced that Kim and the rest
of the ex-Teen Housemates are now part of the Kampamilya (Family, the name given
to ABS-CBN talents) under ABS-CBN's Star Magic. All 14 Teen Housemates will be
receiving management contracts from the network.
In the afternoon, the four appeared in the Sunday showbiz talk show The Buzz.
Kim admitted that she's dreaming of both becoming an actress and a singer. She
also said that if given a chance, she would choose Gerald, a co-housemate and a
close friend, to be her leading man. Mikee, a former partner inside the house,
said he was fine with that explaining that she looks at Kim only as a special
Later that evening, they staged Pinoy Big Brother: The Big Reunion at the Aliw
Theater in Pasay City, where all the housemates from the Pinoy Big Brother,
Season 1, Celebrity Edition and Teen Edition join in one stage. Kim and Gerald
had the loudest support from the fans, naming their love team as Kimerald.
A motorcade was held on June 17 at Cebu City, which started from the Mactan Cebu
International Airport and ended at the Provincial Capitol. The next day, Chiu
became the guest of honor and performer at a concert at Ayala Center Cebu.
Kim is one of the new endorsers of Bench, a local clothing line. She was paired
with Gerald in print ads with a caption, "Perfect Pair", advertising the denim
collection of Bench. The pair then stared in an ABS-CBN television program Love