The past few months have been a stressful rollercoaster ride for actress-politician Aiko Melendez. As a public figure for the past 22 years, Aiko is not a stranger to intrigues. She was the talk of local tinseltown after she ended her second marriage with model Martin Jickain, following a court battle for the custody of their daughter Marthena.
Aiko shrugs them off the controverseis and continues to focus on her work as a Quezon City councilor and single mom to her two kids. The father of her first-born son Andrei is actor Jomari Yllana.
This December, Aiko opens up to Good Housekeeping magazine on how she fought her battles—from failed marriages to fighting the bulge—and shares her triumph over these challenges.
Even as intrigues continue to hound her, Aiko shares with Good Housekeeping how she was able to take everything in good humor. After all, there are more important things that she feels she should focus on instead of the showbiz brouhaha surrounding her. As proof, since the court case against her husband was announced, Aiko's lips remain zipped.
"I can't say I'm at the happiest stage in my life, but I'm very happy now," she declares. Aiko shares how being a mom makes her face life amidst all the hardships, and makes sure she spends more time with her kids now that she is single again.
She has two wonderful blessings she is thankful for everyday. "Kung pagiging nanay ang pag-uusapan, hindi basehan kung sampung beses ka nang hiwalay. Ang basehan ng pagiging mabuting ina, yung tinitingnan mo yung welfare ng mga anak mo," she says.
Besides, she is grateful for a lot of things—lessons she has learned from the past and the courage to move forward with life as a single mom.
The December issue of Good Housekeeping also features a guide to 100 gift ideas under P499 to help you with the Christmas shopping rush. Read more about Aiko Melendez, and other holiday features in the December issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, now available at magazine stands and bookstores for only P100 per copy.