For Alejandro Atienza, more popularly known as Kuya Kim to the Filipino masses (or “madlang people” as he fondly calls them), being on TV was a fulfillment of a lifelong dream. From being the first male to wear Lycra on national TV, voicing several Japanese anime characters, to finally becoming the face of TV Patrol’s weather report segment, Kuya Kim has successfully made a name for himself beyond the convoluted world of politics he had initially thought was his destiny. “I like showbiz more,” Kuya Kim declared without hesitation one weekday afternoon as he sat down with The Sunday Times Magazine. He had just arrived at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel from the studios of the popular noontime program, It’s Show Time, and was preparing to be launched as brand ambassador of blood pressure monitor, Omron. He was understandably late, but as soon as he began to talk about his life, those gathered around him immediately forgot about the wait and was instantly drawn to the man’s stories—like kids gathered around a campfire. Caught! The ultra trim celebrity recalled that he started out as a “fitness guru” on TV. “I was an aerobics instructor in the TV show Muscles in Motion… Read full this story
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