Two of local showbiz’s most popular leading men are “Mama’s boys.” And guess what? They’re being loud and proud about it. Matteo Guidicelli and Xian Lim are both vocal about the love and respect they have for their mothers; after all, they are the keys to the success that the two of them are enjoying today.
Xian’s shining light
For Xian Lim, his mother Mary Ann will always be his shining light.
“A mom’s role is always important.” says Xian. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn't for her kasi she was always there.”
Xian fondly recalls that as a kid, he liked to pretend that he was, of all things, a carpenter. “As a kid, mahilig akong magpretend na karpintero ako tapos may hawak ako na hammer then I will make things out of it. Basta anything I can get my hands on, sisirain ko and I'll try to make something out of it. Other hobbies are drawing and playing the piano.”
His mom though would always be encouraging and supportive. “Any activity I like, she would always consider. She would always tell me—“go for it, palaging go for it. You wouldn't know until you try it.””
Xian also saw how important it was to have a supportive environment to develop a child’s talent when he hosted the Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp. “The show helped children be closer to their parents; Plus the fact that there were provided workshops and mentors for the kids’ specific talents. More than the training, yung extra kasi dun is yung bonding nila, they worked together.”
Matteo’s number one fan
Looking at Matteo today, no one would ever think that he was once a shy kid. He says that his mom Glenna was a big part of why he now has the confidence to perform not only in front of a crowd; but with the entire country watching him. “I was very shy when I was kid – I didn’t want to sing, dance or act. I remember when I was about 12 or 13, I had to ask for the lights to be turned off before my relatives can convince me to perform,” shares Matteo.
“It all changed when I was in my senior year and I started to have an interest in performing and there, I really saw how supportive my mom was. When I was starting to take voice lessons, my mom would stay at the back to take practice videos… she would always say a lot of positive things and this built a lot of confidence in me. She also prayed a lot for me, which is of course, the most important thing.”
Matteo says that not only the show; but their parents are really responsible for this change. “I remember how my mom used to tell me ‘Matteo stop being negative-- you always have to look at the bright side’ and he saw how the same is true when he hosted Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp together with Xian. “It’s nice to see how the i-Shiners have grown… the winners gained so much more confidence. You can really see their improvement as performers and as people.”
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