While he has proven his acting mettle both on television and film (My Binondo Girl, The Story of Us, Bride for Rent, Everything About Her), and his ability to sing with two solo albums (XL2 and So It’s You), Xian Lim is well aware he still has many critics in show business.
Whenever he tries his hands in a new endeavor, Lim can almost hear what his detractors would be saying.
“Unang lumabas sa isip ko is sablay. Ang sakit ng sablay eh; sa English kasi parang [they’re saying], ‘Why him?’ ‘What’s wrong with him?’ ‘Why did they pick him?’ Kaya yung tawagin kang sablay, masakit talaga,” the actor confided in an interview on Friday.
“Usong-uso na kasi yung bashing, lalong lalo na sa social media dahil lahat entitled magsalita. But then again, it can only make us better,” he added, choosing to look at the glass half full.
“[I use criticisms] para hindi ka maging kampante. Ok lang yun sa totoo lang; binabasa ko pa nga yun, pero masakit pa din,” he laughed.
According to Lim, he has come to accept and play down the bashing he gets about his acting and singing.
“Tanggap ko naman na I’m not the best out there, but may nakita nga akong quote and ise-share ko nga ito sa ibang artists dahil talagang tinamaan ako: ‘You can be the sweetest peach, but there is always going to be someone who hates peaches.’
“Ang maibibigay ko lang talaga dito is to be the best that I can be,” Lim decided.
“May mga times na sumosobra yung bashing.Pero katulad nga ng lagi kong sinasabi, mas gusto ko nga na nandyan sila para alam ko what to work on. Kasi kapag wala na sila kampante nalang ako. Maganda ‘yung nasasaktan ako, it makes me stronger.”
True to his word, Lim is set to prove his detractors wrong anew as he is set to hold his first ever-major solo concert on July 9 at the Kia Theater, titled A Date with Xian.
A music enthusiast since he was a kid, it is not news to the celebrity’s most loyal supporters that Lim can play at least 10 instruments including the piano, trombone, saxophone and guitar. As such, it has been Lim’s longtime dream to perform for his fans and headline a major show.
“Dati ko pa gusto eh. Siguro hinahanap ko din yung lakas ng loob at syempre ‘nung binigay na sa akin yung opportunity, I accepted it. I didn’t think twice talaga. Sabi ko ‘Ok na ‘to, ito na ‘yun. Kumbaga this is, it!’” Lim enthused.
“Even before na nabigyan akong pagkakaton na magkaroon ng album, ginusto ko na talagang mag perform on stage. Meron po kasi akong videos sa YouTube na tumutugtog ako ng instruments habang nag-rerecital yung mga students ng mommy ko sa piano.
“Pero hindi ko naman inisip na ganito kalaki yung magagawa ko. Inisip ko lang [I’d perform] in a small group.”
Lim promises his fans that he will step out of his comfort zone for the show.
“Ayoko talaga na makita nila ‘yung dati nang ginagawa ko. Hindi pa kasi nila ako nakita na talagang mag-perform onstage. Usually kapag nakikita nila ako, isang number lang na kasama ng ibang artists. Dito yung buong show nandoon ako and involved ako sa buong show. I want this to be personal kaya A Date with Xian rin ang title ko,” he explained.
Juggling multiple commitments while gearing up for his big night, Lim is very proud to say that he is hands-on with this project especially. He personally selected the songs for the show’s repertoire, even the outfits from start to finish.
“I have the whole show pictured in my head already. I will try to play as many instruments as I can for the fans. This is something we’re really preparing and working hard for,” Lim guaranteed.
The 26-year-old actor also promised that his song list for the concert will be diverse with classical pieces, ballads and pop selctions.
Besides these, the audience will be in for a huge treat as the artist has announced he will show off his rap and dancing skills.
Joining him in A Date With Xian are special guests Abra, Dawn Chang, Morissette, Richard Poon, and his love team partner Kim Chiu.
Moreover, he is practicing for a performance with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, which will highlight Lim’s ability to play classical pieces.
The show will be directed by Alco Guerrero, with musical direction by Chino David of Silent Sanctuary.
According to Lim, this concert will be one of the biggest highlights of his life.
“Masasabi ko talaga na ito yung isa sa mga highlight sa buhay ko, not just in my career. Kasi nung una ang dami kong doubts eh. Sa totoo lang I doubted myself. Pero nung natapos namin yung lineup, nung natapos namin yung bawat song na nirerehearse, ang gaan lang sa pakiramdam na finally we have a show—meron na kaming pinanghahawakan,” he ended.