After starring in the Philippine adaptation of the South Korean film “Miracle In Cell No. 7” – a certified box-office hit at the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival – Xia Vigor has signed with Viva Artists Agency.
Xia revealed how playing Yesha in that movie has made an impact in her life.
“Sobrang natutuwa po ako sa opportunity na binigay sa’kin. Minsan nga po Yesha na ‘yung tinatawag ng mga tao sa’lkin. Nakaka-receive din po ako ng magagandang comments and feedback.”
Her mom, Christy Bernardo, revealed they were set to go back to England when the role was offered to her daughter.
Xia started her showbiz career after winning on “It’s Showtime’s” “mini-me” segment. From there, she did several commercials and her first-ever lead role on a TV series, “Langit Lupa.”
But it was not always sunshine and rainbows.
“Dalawang beses na kami nagpaalam sa Star Magic noon. Ayaw nilang payagan umalis si Xia. Pero sabi ko, walang stability ditto (in the Philippines). Bablik na lang kami ng England para makapag-aral siya doon,” Christy narrated.
“Tapos biglang inoffer ‘yung ‘Miracle.’ Nu’ng una, nagdadalawang isip pa kami kung tatanggapin kasi eto na naman, susugal na naman kami. Kung sakali, ito ‘yung magiging turning point ng buhay niya at hindi ako pwedeng magkamali. So tinanggap namin… at ‘yun, naging sobrang turning point talaga siya kasi in-offeran na si Xia ng Viva to be with them.”
The mother believes Xia is meant to be in showbiz.
When pointed out that Xia at 10, talks like she’s grown-up, Christy said perhaps the maturity comes from the hardships they experienced before.
According to the Filipino-British kid, there were times they didn’t have any food on the table. Although Xia’s father would visit them sometimes, Christy is the breadwinner.
“Sobrang bata ko pa pa noon (naghiwalay sila). Hindi ko po naiintindihan lahat,” Xia said. “Pero habang lumalaki po ako, mas naiisip ko po ‘yung nangyari sa amin dati kaya sabi ko po, never kong kakalimutan ‘yung pinagmulan ko. Hindi ko dapat isipin na sikat ako. Gusto ko lang po magpasaya ng ibang tao.”
Xia has a giving heart. In fact, she’s one of the celebrities who visited the evacuation areas in Batangas to give donations to the victims of Taal eruption.
She also revealed that part of her bonus from Viva will be donated to charity organizations. She wants to have a foundation of her own in the future.
“Gusto ko pong i-focus ‘yung foundation sa mga single mom kasi nakita ko po ‘yung sacrifice ng mama ko sa’kin. Sila naman po ‘yung gusto kong tulungan ngayon.”