When Aiko Melendez lost weight, her son Andre Yllana was among the first to cheer for his mom.
"Actually po, grabe nga po yung pinayat ni mommy. Natutuwa po ako kasi nakita ko talaga yung hirap niya para ma-achieve yung gusto niya.
"Malaking bagay din po sa amin."
Did his mom's "balik alindog" project affect him in any way?
He told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the opening of The Hub Foodpark at R20 on Mindanao Avenue, "Yung sa food, hindi naman po ganun na kami rin ay diet. Kasi meron po siyang prepared meals kasi.
"Yung effect po is more on yung sinasabi ng mga tao."
The 16-year-old Star Magic talent then revealed how bashers motivated his mom to lose weight.
"Nagsimula po kasi ‘yan noong binash si mommy.
"‘Napakataba mo. Napakaganda mo, ganyan ka.’"
Aiko, he said, didn't mind the body-shaming comments, but when she realized that her children get to read the bashing, the actress decided to take her "balik alindog project" more seriously.
Andre resumed, "Nasaktan ako nang sobra para kay Mommy. Ang mean po kasi. Pag binasa mo, you will feel bad para sa taong bina-bash, lalo Mommy mo.
"'Tapos siguro dahil din doon, nasaktan din siya.
"Nag-strive siya na magpapayat.
"Happy kami for her. I was totally supportive."
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AIKO AS A MOM. Is she strict or cool?
"Si Mommy, alam niya kung saan siya magiging istrikto, alam niya kung saan siya magiging maluwag.
"Tama lang po.
"Hindi siya po yung, ano tawag dito, yung parang nakaka-overwhelm?"
Andre took the chance to laud the 41-year-old Kapamilya star.
"I always say this pero paulit-ulit na lang po, but I can’t see anyone else na magiging better as a mom for me.
"Kumbaga ba, si mom is the best for me."
What was her "bilin" to him when he joined showbiz?
"Noong time na sabi ko, ‘Ma, gusto ko maging artista.’
"Sabi niya, ‘Kaya mo ba?’
"Sabi ko, ‘Paano kaya?’"
Then Aiko warned him about the possible criticisms.
"Sabi niya, ‘Una sa lahat, maraming magba-bash sa ’yo, maraming magsasabing di mo kaya, maraming magsasabing wala kang kwenta.’
"Sabi ko, ‘A, ganoon ba?’
"Natakot ako noon, actually. Natakot po ako noon pero growing up po, ang iniisip ko po, talagang gusto ko po, e.
"Siguro po, the first few incidents, maraming magba-bash, dadamdamin ko pero I will try my best to not."
With his mom telling him to expect the worst, Andre said he knows what he's getting himself into.
"Nabrief po ako, napag-isipan kong mabuti so I could say I’m ready."
Lastly, PEP asked about the relationship of his mom and dad Jomari Yllana.
Andre answered, "They’re good. They’re good as friends."