Aiko Melendez on KathNiel: "They remind me of Aiko-Aga days."

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Aiko Melendez says Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla's real-life romance reminds her of her first brush with love with ex-boyfriend Aga Muhlach.



Aiko Melendez has grown fond of her co-stars, reel and real-life sweethearts Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.

At the grand presscon of Barcelona: A Love Untold, Aiko claims that the young couple actually reminds her of her first boyfriend, Aga Muhlach.

Aiko says, “They really remind me of the Aiko-Aga days [when we did the 1993 movie] May Minamahal

“Nakikita ko yung sweetness nila [Kathryn and Daniel]. And hindi natin masisisi talaga kung may maramdaman silang more than friendship as of now.”

The veteran actress further recalls that her relationship with Aga was short-lived.

“E, di ba, nga nagkaroon ako ng first boyfriend sa May Minamahal sa katauhan ni Aga dahil na-in love rin si Monica at si Carlitos [in May Minamahal] sa isa’t isa.

“Kaya naiintindihan ko yung pinagdadaanan nila. Pero sana huwag naman maudlot yung sa inyo. Kasi yung sa amin naudlot.”

In Barcelona: A Love Untold, Aiko plays the aunt and confidante of Ely (played by Daniel) who is based in Barcelona. She will witness how Ely (who is unable to get over his ex-girlfriend Celine) develops a budding romance with Mia (played by Kathryn).

WORKING WITH KATHNIEL. Asked about her working experience with the two young stars, Aiko says she admires how Kathryn and Daniel don’t let popularity get into their head.

“Mas na-observe ko yung pag-uugali nila. Kasi yung acting natututunan ‘yan. Pero yung attitude ng isang tao mahirap i-peke ‘yan.

“With these two stars, I’ve seen myself in [them] before—yung popularity nila. But what humbles me is that they don’t know that they’re famous.”


Aiko adds that she will always treasure her bonding moments with Kathniel.

“I’ve gained a new baby girl in Kathryn. DJ [Daniel’s monicker] will always have a special place in my heart.

“I’ve always said this to [my son] Andre. ‘Andre, kung may idol ka na artista sa generation nila, gusto ko si Daniel Padilla yun. Hindi lang dahil sa popularity niya...

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“Like I said, ang acting napag-aaralan ‘yan, pero ang pag-uugali kahit tumanda sila dala-dala nila ‘yan.

“I will always have special words for both of you even [if] ito ang first and last movie ko sa inyo. I love you both.”


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