When Aiko Melendez walked down the aisle for the second time, she proved showbiz tabloids wrong.
A few weeks before the wedding, the tabloids reported that the actress and Quezon City councilor had a terrible row with the husband-to-be, 22-year-old ramp model Martin Jickain. It was further reported that the lover’s quarrel almost resulted in the cancellation of the wedding.
Aiko’s friend Berna Romulo-Puyat, in a post-wedding interview with YES!, dismisses the rumors as nothing but the usual wedding jitters: “It was not anything out of the ordinary. Except siyempre she’s Aiko. Everybody wanted it to end, e. Parang people were ‘A, hindi ’yan matutuloy.’”
But the wedding did go on as scheduled. It was Aiko’s second. She had gotten hitched to actor Jomari Yllana in 1998, but that marriage was annulled in 2003. Love is lovelier the second time around, so the song goes, and this second time around for Aiko could be for keeps.
“Kasi si Martin makes Aiko laugh,” Berna explains. “Si Aiko, komedyante kasi ’yan e. But Martin makes Aiko laugh. Parang you know, when you see them together, ang saya-saya ni Aiko.”
Martin also seems to take pride in the fact that Aiko, at a relatively young age, has a clutch of accomplishments to her name—among them, an enviable acting career and a seat in the Quezon City council. As Berna puts it: “Walang pagka-insecure. Hindi siya nai-intimidate kay Aiko. Marami kasing nai-intimidate, kasi madaldal si Aiko. But he’s just so proud he’s with her, supportive of everything she does.”
Martin and Aiko simply clicked. Yet Berna herself was surprised when she got an early morning call from Aiko last November, informing her that Martin had proposed marriage and that Aiko had said yes.
“Sabi ko, ‘Sis, sigurado ka ba?’ ‘Yes, I’m so happy.’ ’Tapos, sabi ko, ‘Teka, 1:30 in the morning, sigurado ka ba?’ Baka ako rin, di ba, nababangungot ako or something.”
As she listened more to Aiko, Berna found herself being convinced: Aiko was happy. Aiko was ready for a second shot at married life.