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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.

Sep 13, 2019


KIM MOLINA singing the the theme song of JOWABLE at the presscon 

kim with reel and real life leading man jerald napoles

KIM MOLINA is being launched by Viva Entertainment to full stardom in the comedy “Jowable”. But who is she? Her full name is  Kimverlie Soriano Molina and she grew up in Saudi Arabia where her dad works as a dentist.

She started as a front act singer to local artists who do shows in the Middle East. When she was 14, she joined ABS-CBN TFC’s singing contest in the Middle East and she won over contestants from other places in ME.

She was chosen to represent the Middle East in the World Championship of Performing Arts in L.A. and won as Senior Grand Champion Vocalist.  She then came to Manila to try her luck in local showbiz and first ventured into theatre, doing musicals like “Tarzan”, “Carrie”, “Ghost”, “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” and “Rak of Aegis” which was a big hit with her playing the lead role opposite Jerald Napoles who became her boyfriend and they’ve been together for five years now.

She then branched out to TV, appearing in supporting roles in various ABS-CBN soaps. On the big screen, she did “Walang Forever”, “Camp Sawi”, “Dalawang Mrs. Reyes”, “Pambansang 3rd Wheel”, “Miss Granny” and won the Awit Award best female artist trophy for her debut single, “Naluluha Ako”. She now plays a good role as Savannah in “Kadenang Ginto” and did the digital show “MOMOL Nights” on iWant.

Viva feels she’s now ripe for stardom playing the role of Elsa, a woman who is NBSB or No Boyfriend Since Birth. “Desperada na siyang magka-jowa and she’s wondering why wala siyang jowa gayong jowable naman siya, kaibig-ibig and lovable,” she says. “Dahil dito, naglalasing siya at naghihimutok.”

Did she ever expect to star in her own movie when she was in Saudi?

“Naku, hindi po. Lumaki ako watching TFC shows at ang gaganda ng leading ladies nila. Alam ko namang malayo ako roon. I came here to be a singer, pero dito po sa acting ako dinala ni Lord. I’m really overwhelmed and thankful sa break na binigay sa’kin ng Viva. Ako rin ang kumanta ng title theme song na ‘Jowable’ whose music video is now nearing 100,000 hits.”

“Jowable” is a movie that banks on irreverent humor. In one scene, Kim asks a nun played by Candy Pangilinan: “Sister, nagpi-finger ba kayo?” How does she feel about it?

“Yes, I now play the lead character in a movie with offbeat humor and I’m made to utter bastos words and risque lines I’ve never said before. Pati yung poster, para akong nakahubad, covered lang with panties. My parents are actually very religious and open minded.

"They’re also supportive of my career, but even they were scandalized sa trailer. Sabi ng dad ko, pati madre, dinamay nyo. And now, makikita pa nila ako now doing a love scene with my real life boyfriend on the big screen!”

What does she find endearing in Jerald Napoles as a boyfriend? “It started with good conversations. Dun kami unang nagkasundo. He’s very smart and one of the few people I can talk with hanggang mag-umaga na. He’s one of the most intelligent comedians in the country now. He also acts as my acting coach at tinuturuan niya ako sa script pa lang, lalo na my drunken scenes.”