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Kim Chiu, Paulo Avelino weigh in on woman power

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It’s International Women’s Month and actors Kim Chiu and Paulo Avelino have a lot to say on how it’s so much better now for the fair sex.

Kim Chiu and Paulo Avelino (mb.com.ph)

Kim Chiu and Paulo Avelino

Kim is upbeat that these days, women can do almost everything and they are regarded equally as men.

“Do whatever you want to do and do whatever makes you happy,” is her message to women. “Be free kasi it’s not about na parang men can do these and women cannot do that. We’re all equal, we are all human beings and we have the same strengths.”

The actress tips that women should learn how to take negative comments in stride.

“Don’t put it in your head,” she noted. “Just put it in your right ear and go out the left ear then done kasi wala naman ‘yun. Confidence is all in your mind.”

For girls insecure of their physique, she said body shape doesn’t matter as long as you accept who you are.

As for Paulo, he shared that among the women he looks up to is his mom.

But if coming from the entertainment industry, then first in line is Ms. Charo Santos-Concio. The actor loves her book which he considers a testament to a woman’s worth.

On women in show business, especially with what’s happening lately in the US, he said, “I admire their courage to stand up and fight back.”

Fit and healthy

Aside from being in the same line of work, Kim and Paulo have similar lifestyles and have enough energy to keep a healthy balance of work and “me” time.

The 29-year-old model-actor who has a passion for riding motorbikes usually works out to maintain his physique.

His diet regimen sees him cutting out carbs from the food he takes in. Also, Paulo hasn’t eaten meat for three years now. The guy exercises as often as he can.

Kim doesn’t have a diet plan. “I eat all I want and I pay for it sa workout,” she said.

The 27-year-old actress may look fragile but she is actually adventurous and athletic. Aside from helping out with their family business and going out for occasional trips abroad with family and friends, she does Muay Thai and participates in duathlons.

She also does pilates, power circuit workout, weight lifting, and running. Whew.

Upcoming flicks

The two have separate movies ahead.

After her supernatural horror film “The Ghost Bride” shown in the last quarter of 2017, Kim shall return to the big screen this year in a horror comedy movie directed by Tony Y. Reyes.

Co-starring Ryan Bang, she hopes moviegoers would appreciate it as “gusto ko kayong baliwin – takutin at patawanin.”

Paulo’s historical epic film “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” will come out this year. Recall that TBA Productions released the first trailer September last year where the actor returns as young General Gregorio del Pilar in the sequel to “Heneral Luna.”

Paulo said being part of the movie changed him as actor.

“I mean people change every now and then depending on what they’ve experienced or gone through. It’s the same here ’cause I’ve learned from every project that I’ve done. So every time, I try to constantly give something different,” he said.

Although he is a water baby, Paulo revealed it was hard doing the underwater scenes. He added that shooting on location was challenging too.

“Kasi nga sa mga mountains (namin ginawa) so ‘yung mga sasakyan na 4×4 lang ‘yung nakakaangat tapos minsan pagdating du’n umuulan pa,” he shared.

Note that the film has been shot all over Luzon, including Ilocos, Tarlac, Zambales, and Batangas, to name a few.

Aside from “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral,” Paulo will be seen in the film “Kasal” co-starring with Derek Ramsay and Bea Alonzo. It will be out likely early next quarter.

With Kim and Paulo’s hectic schedules, they are thankful to have been recently introduced as the newest Philippine ambassadors of Berocca, multivitamins products designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life.

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