"I'm back with a vengeance!"
This is how Aiko Melendez described hercomeback to showbiz. For her first project, after almost four years of notappearing in movies and television shows, Aiko fans will witness her return in YourSong's "Somebody Like You."
"Different Aiko ang makikita in terms of myacting. Then, in terms of siguro 'yong outlook ko sa mapapersonal ormapa-showbiz na buhay ko," added Aiko in an interview with PEP (PhilippineEntertainment Portal) after the press conference of Your Song, heldyesterday, August 29, at the 9501 Restaurant in the ABS-CBN compound.
With her comeback, the actress wishes to behave different roles and be paired with different leading men, including herformer husband Jomari Yllana.
"I'd like to be more adventurous in termsof, like, being paired sa iba-ibang leading man. Like, I'm not closing my door for the chancefor me to work with Jomari again and with Aga [Muhlach]. Gusto ko talagangmakasama si Aga ulit," said Aiko.
According to rumors, Aiko was supposed tostar in Your Song with Jomari instead of John Prats. However, the QuezonCity councilor clarified that she and her ex-husband will be paired in a MaalaalaMo Kaya episode and not in theweekly drama Your Song.
"To be honest with you, I was supposed todo Maalaala Mo Kaya with Jomari," she started to explain, "Kaya lang,katulad nga ng tanong ng isang press kanina, kung dapat ba si Jom dito [sa YourSong]. Actually, the role that was offered to Jomari, hindi yong role niJohn [Prats]. Then, 'yong MMK, a few months ago, Jomari did MMK withAra Mina. So, hindi naman maganda na after a few months, si Jom na naman. Kasiang mangyayari ay Maalaala Mo Kaya Presents Jomari, ‘di ba? So, kailangan naming i-rest 'yong idea naJomari-Aiko muna, kaya inuna ko rin ito [Your Song]."
BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH JOMARI. Based on this statement, onemay think that the former couple has already forgotten the past they had whenthey were still husband and wife.
"Kami [ni Jomari], it's more on parangmagkapatid kami," described Aiko. "Nakakatuwa kasi after ng mga pinagdaanan, kung ano 'yong mga kapangitannoong mag-asawa kami, gano'n naman kaganda ngayon. Sabi ko nga, ‘Alam mo,siguro tayo mas magandang maging magkaibigan dahil walang tensyon, walangawayan.' Ang ganda ng relasyon namin ngayon."
With this closeness that they have now,Aiko can also testify that Jomari and Pops Fernandez are still together,negating the rumors that they have already split up.
She told the media, "Ang alam ko [sila parin], kasi nagkasama sila noong Sunday, kasama 'yong anak ko [Andre]. Kaya nga nagtataka ako kapag tinatanong saakin na nagkakalabuan daw sila."
Aiko is supportive of their relationship. Infact, she admitted feeling bad if the breakup rumor is true.
"Mas maganda pa rin sana na maayos ni Pops at ni Jomari ang relationship nila,kasi ang tagal na nila, e. Years and years na si Pops and Jom, at sakakumportable na si Andre. Kawawa naman siAndre na mag-a-adjust na naman sa panibago."
Is it also okay for her if Jomari and Popsget married?
"Pareho naman silang legally free to getmarried. So, kung saan masaya si Jom, e, doon naman ako para [sumuporta]. Sinoba naman ako para hindi i-wish ang tatay ng anak ko ng kasiyahan?"
WORKING WITH ARA MINA. During theinterview, another name popped up-Ara Mina. Ara became Jomari's girlfriend afterhe and Aiko separated. In fact, Ara was being blamed for being the third partyin Aiko and Jomari's separation. So, is Aiko also open to work with Ara?
"Working with Ara?" asked Aiko. "Alam mo,in all honesty, kung may magandang script, why not? There will always be a nice script or goodscript for both of us. Pero kaplastikannaman na sasabihin ko na makikipagtrabaho ako sa isang tao na hindi pa kamiayos.
"Siguro, bago ko tanggapin, I'm sure thesame thing goes with Ara, na bago namin tanggapin ang project na ito, sanamakapag-usap kami. Kasi, kung breadtrip, tatanggapin at tatanggapin ko ito because I'm pretty sure it's gonna be abig offer. Pero ayaw ko namang ibenta 'yong private naming pareho ni Ara paralang kumita kami. Gusto ko, kapagnakatrabaho ko siya ay wala na 'yong galit namin sa isa't isa."
So, does this mean she's now open to talk toAra?
"Siguro naman, sa liit ng show business,marami kaming common friend, ‘di ba? So,kung talagang para sa isa't isa na mag-usap kami at magkaayos, I'm pretty surena God will find a way and will make a way."
For Aiko, everything is already in the pastand both parties have already moved on. So, she said that there are already no ill-feelings towards the sexyactress.
"Passé na 'yong issue. Kasi, hindi ba, we all have moved on? And Iguess... I'm not really so updated with her life right now, pero I guess she'salso trying to move on so, ako, wala na."
POLITICAL PLANS. In 2010, Aiko Melendez'sterm as councilor ends and she openly expressed her intention to run foranother position after serving as a Quezon City councilor. What local government position will this be?
She answered, "I only have two options. Iactually have an offer to run for congress and vice mayor. If I had it my way, I will run for vicemayor."
Will she be competing with Vice MayorHerbert Bautista for the position?
She said that she is still not sure aboutit. "We belong in the same party kayalang, at that time, guest candidate lang namin sa LAKAS si Herbert kaya hindiko alam kung... Alam nyo naman ang politics, ‘di ba? Pwede kang lumipat ngpartido anytime."
NEWBOYFRIEND? Meanwhile, Aiko is currently being linked to Bulacan, Bulacan Vice MayorPatrick Meneses. However, before anyone gives malice to it, Aiko alreadyclarified that the bachelor politician is not yet her boyfriend.
She said, "Hindi ko alam kung maiintindihanng mga tao na ang set-up namin, e, we're enjoying what we have right now. Butwe don't want to rush things. Siguro naman, maiintindihan naman ng tao kungayaw ko muna madaliin dahil nga sa buhay ko, minadali ko lahat kaya nganagkaganito, ‘di ba?"
Aiko could not even think of a word thatwould describe their relationship. "I guess, ano, there's no label for ourfriendship, kasi it's something na kaming dalawa lang ang nagkakaintindihan."
Then, she added, "I wanna take my time andjust enjoy what we have now, whatever friendship we have now."
When asked if this would lead to anothermarriage, Aiko refused to give an answer. "Mahirap magsalita ng tapos, e, so let's just cross the bridge when weget there. Kasi, una sa lahat, hindi pa ako pwedeng magakasal kasi anytimeparang lalabas yung decision ko. So,enjoy muna ako sa buhay ko."
Despite this, Aiko said that she stillwants to get married because she still wants to have another child. Also, despitethe two failed marriages that she had, Aiko said that she still believes onfinding a perfect relationship.
"Kasi ang tao naman, it's not how manytimes you fall, it's how many times you rise when you fall," she ended.