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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 27, 2016

Singer-Comedian Kim Molina Gets Her Biggest Break In Viva's Movie On Broken Hearts, 'Camp Sawi'

NEW COMEDIAN Kim Molina won as the Senior Grand Camphion Vocalist of the World at the World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) held in 2009 at Los Angeles. Her full name is Kimverlie and she was raised in Saudi Arabia where she started singing at the age of 5 as front act to Filipino artists who do concerts in the Middle East. When she was 14 years old, she joined The Filipino Channel search for the TFC Pop Star and won over contestants from Bahrain, Kuwait, Dubai, etc. She then came to Manila and appeared in the plays of Atlantis Productions, like “Tarzan”, “Carrie” and “Ghost”.

She got her first lead role in musical theatre as Aileen (alternating with Aicelle Santos) in the hit 2014 musical, “Rak of Aegis” (where she won best actress in the PhilStage Gawad Buhay Awards) and in 2015’s “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” (where she was nominated as best actress in the Aliw Awards). In the award-winning Metro Manila filmfest entry last December, “Walang Forever”, she registered well as lead actress Jennylyn Mercado’s best friend, Luli, and was nominated as best supporting actress (Maine Mendoza won for “My Bebe Love”.)

She’s now given a big break as one of the leads in Viva’s “Camp Sawi”, where she plays the role of Joan and where she gets to sing her first single, “Naluluha Ako”. “Camp Sawi” weaves the stories of five different women who are all broken-hearted. While struggling to mend their wounded hearts, they all get together inside a camp that aims to help them recover and move on from their painful love experiences. Aside from Kim, the four other women are Andi Eigenmann, Arci Munoz, Bela Padilla and Yassi Pressman. Has she really been a “sawi” in real life? “Oh yes, once,” she says. “Sa first boyfriend ko. From high school to college kami, pero ako ang nakipaghiwalay kasi I want to prioritize my career. Masakit pero we have both moved on at friends na rin kami ngayon.”