Name KIM ATIENZA
Occupation TV host for Matanglawin and It’s Showtime; weatherman for TV Patrol; triathlete
How he makes a difference Living and racing to share the lessons of his death-defying tale
IT only takes about 15 seconds. Kim Atienza, munching on melons (because his intensified training for the Cobra Ironman 70.3 this month makes him hungry all the time), brings out the “Kuya Kim” persona in 15 ticks. With no smartphones, no idiot board, no teleprompters in sight, we ask him a trivia question on the number 100 since this is the Men's Health Philippines' 100th issue. He looks up, fixes his gaze as if his brain was a data-crunching Google server, and snap, he comes up with one.
It’s an astounding feat to witness firsthand. And there’s plenty of other stuff that add to Kuya Kim’s awesomeness. He was a co-host of the aerobics show Muscles in Motion as well as a bodybuilder back in the late ’80s. He’s an oenophile, a wine lover. He suffered a mild stroke three years ago and temporarily lost his memory, speech, and cognition — then bounced back to finish his first marathon in six months.
And again, there’s his supercomputer of a brain enclosed in his — get this — 46-year-old, 5’8”, 150-pound frame with around 11 percent body fat! Did we fail to mention the guy’s a stroke survivor?
What could be more inspiring than that? Kuya Kim points to the starting line of any triathlon race for all the inspiration you’ll ever need. “Just watch a triathlon event and see how ordinary folk can overcome their weaknesses and still finish well,” he says. “You’ll see fat people doing a half-Ironman. You’ll see a leg-less swimmer almost beating Fred Uytengsu in the swim. You’ll see a cyclist with polio. Kung kaya nila, ikaw pa kaya?”