Kim’s last words to mom
Actress reunited with mom in coma after 13 years
MANILA, Philippines — Before Kim Chiu’s mother, Louella Chiu-Yap, died last Sunday, the actress and her siblings sought to spend time with the estranged member of their family as she lay in a coma at the hospital.
This was the sharing of Lakam Chiu, Kim’s older sister, in an interview on “Showbiz Inside Report” aired Saturday.
"Minakesure naming lahat na magkakapatid na nasabi namin ang gusto naming masabi, na para naman lang sa mommy namin," said Lakam, who is the eldest of five siblings.
"Si Kim, bilang close kasi siya sa mom ko, talagang ‘I love you’ nang ‘I love you,’ ‘yung parang nami-miss mo bonding ng mother-daughter. Alam mo ‘yung naglo-long ka na sana mas marami pang time na magkasama kayo," Lakam said.
Kim had been estranged from her mother since she was nine years old, when her parents separated. The actress and her siblings grew up in the care of their paternal grandmother.
Early this year, the actress and her father, William Chiu, Jr., managed to reunite after not communicating for five years.
Louella, according to her former partner, had opted not to inform their children of her whereabouts even as she was already suffering from an illness.
William said Louella had asked her caretakers not to contact Kim and her siblings despite her condition. But the caretakers eventually reached out to the actress when her mother slipped into a coma.
Referring to Kim, William said, “She would arrive every dawn and return to Manila in the morning for work and back again here in Cebu [to spend time with her mom].”
Last Sunday, Louella died at age 50 due to aneurysm. She was laid to rest Saturday morning at Cebu Memorial Park, with her close friends and family, including Kim, in attendance.
Lakam, in her interview aired Saturday, also came to the defense of Kim, who had to leave for Thailand for a shoot during her mom’s seven-day wake.
"May mga certain commitments kasi. Being professional naman din at being artista, ginampanan ni Kim ang kailangan niyang gampanan," the eldest Chiu sibling said.
William said Kim, who has yet to speak on camera about her mother’s death, negotiated that she be allowed to return home earlier than scheduled to attend the funeral on Saturday.