90s child actor now Choosephil's editor-in-chief

Posted at 04/19/2014 12:43 PM | Updated as of 04/19/2014 1:29 PM
Phillip Kimpo of Choose Philippines. Photo from e-http://efrequency.abs-cbn.com

He is known as the editor-in-chief (EIC) of ABS-CBN Regional Network Group’s travel website Choose Philippines, but did you know that Phillip Kimpo Jr. was once a child actor?

Kimpo appeared on ABS-CBN’s educational programs in the ‘90s --“SinEskwela” and “Hiraya Manawari” -- when he was 11 years old.

He treasures those years as he got to know some well-known personalities in the country. At the same time, he was able to help his family financially.

“It was a beautiful experience, though the taping took long until dawn. We were waiting for the other actors to arrive. I even remember us waiting for Rez Cortez,” he said.

Kimpo has kept a 16-year-old taping call slip, script, and pay slips.

After three acting stints, Kimpo was offered by the other network to host an educational program but he backed out as he had to focus on his studies.

As the EIC of Choose Philippines, Kimpo has been travelling a lot as part of his job -- mainly to find, discover, and share more of the country’s natural beauty. He was able to travel in seven different provinces since he started last January.

“It was overwhelming that, after a long time, I had the chance to come back to ABS-CBN, though being an EIC is miles different from what I was doing when I was a kid,” he shared.

HIS BRIEF TV COMEBACK

He briefly made a television appearance in 2009, not as an actor, but as a son defending his father, former senior state prosecutor Phillip Kimpo Sr., one of the fiscals who were accused of being bribed with P50 million by the “Alabang Boys” to dismiss their drug charges. The younger Kimpo was interviewed by broadcast journalist Ces Drilon after he wrote an open letter online stressing how simple their life is.

“That interview saved my dad. Ces and her team went to our house. They showed on TV that we don’t have an extravagant lifestyle. If my father received P50 million, why are we in a small apartment unit and only owning a second-hand car that needed a major re-paint job?”

His father has been cleared of all bribery charges and now happily retired.

Kimpo added that his major dream as an ABS-CBN employee is to meet Ces Drilon again to thank her personally.

A TRAVELLER, A POET, AND AN ADVOCATE OF LITERATURE

Aside from being the editor-in-chief of Choose Philippines, Kimpo is also the president of LIRA (Linangin sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo), the oldest group of Filipino poets in the country founded by national artist for literature Virgilio S. Almario.

He joined the organization after finishing his Computer Science degree from the University of the Philippines to chase his passion and first love -- writing.

LIRA conducts education outreach programs all over the Philippines for teachers, high school and college students, and aspiring writers to enrich their communication skills and foster the growth of national literature and culture by highlighting the teaching of Filipino poetry. It has served 3,000 people in more than 30 towns through its members’ collective efforts.

“I travel because I don’t want to be a typical writer who limits himself to a room. I want to give back to the society,” he explained.

In 2011, LIRA was recognized by the prestigious TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) Awards Foundation, Inc., an organization that recognizes and supports outstanding contributions of youth organizations since 2002.

Those who want to support LIRA may get in touch with Kimpo ([email protected]). Choose Philippines is now an official partner of LIRA's program.

(This article was published on e-Frequency last April 4, 2014)