Kim Chiu (MNS Photo)

Kim Chiu (MNS Photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Kim Chiu could not hold her tears as she addressed allegations that she “bought” an acting award she received last Sunday for her role in the recently concluded primetime series “Ikaw Lamang.”

The “Past Tense” star took home the Best Drama Actress trophy at the 2014 PMPC Star Awards for Television, beating Maricel Soriano, Lovi Poe and fellow Kapamilya stars Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, Dawn Zulueta, and Maja Salvador.

Chiu was asked for her reaction to critics who say she was the least deserving of the recognition.

“Of course, I cannot please everyone. May kani-kaniya naman tayong idolo at gusto natin ‘yung pinaka the best para sa taong iniidolo natin,” she said.

“Kung nabibili naman ‘yung award, sana bumili na ako noon pa para natawag akong best actress noon pa,” she added, echoing her recent post on Twitter.

Turning emotional, Chiu continued: “Ang social media ngayon, sobra nang… Ayan tuloy, naiiyak na ako. Siyempre sa tagal ko dito sa showbiz, masakit din pagsalitaan ka sa gano’n.”

“Sa walo kong teleserye, ngayon lang ako nakatanggap ng recognition na matatawag ko na akin at best actress ako. Siyempre pangarap ko ‘yon na magkaroon.”

Chiu attained popularity in 2006 when she joined the first-ever teen edition of “Pinoy Big Brother,” which she won. She bagged lead roles in several ABS-CBN series and has since starred in 10 films.

Her latest movie, “Past Tense” co-starring Xian Lim and Ai Ai delas Alas, was released in cinemas Wednesday.

Sharing a conversation she had with Lim, her onscreen partner for three years now, Chiu said: “Sabi ko kay Xian, ‘Xi, hindi ba ako marunong umarte? Hindi ba ako nakaka-inspire ng maraming tao sa ginagawa ko?’ Sabi niya, ‘Hayaan mo na sila. At the end of the day, na sa’yo naman ‘yung trophy. Iyon naman ang importante. Kahit ano’ng sabihin nila, hindi naman nila mababawi ‘yon.'”

Despite being in showbiz for almost a decade now, Chiu admitted she has yet to get used to personal attacks from her detractors.

“Iba-iba kasi ‘yung salita. Siyempre kasi nando’n ‘yung effort ko, ‘yung pagod, puyat. Siyempre, ang sarap ng pakiramdam na makatanggap ng award… Pero okey lang. Sa lahat ng bumabatikos, gagawin ko silang inspirasyon para pagbutihin ko pa ‘yung ginagawa ko.” (MNS)