Does Aiko Melendez support her son's showbiz career?


Posted at Mar 08 2016 03:20 AM | Updated as of Oct 14 2016 11:27 AM


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MANILA -- Unlike her character in prime time drama series "The Story of Us," actress Aiko Melendez is a supportive mother in real life.

Her son with actor-producer Jomari Yllana has joined showbiz as part of talent management company Star Magic.


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However, the 17-year-old Yllana asked Melendez to avoid watching him during taping because it makes him uncomfortable.

"Ang usapan po namin ay hindi ako makikialam. So as much as gusto kong makialam, hindi po ako makiki-alam," Melendez told Boy Abunda in an interview.

"Sabi niya, 'Mom, I wanna be an actor, but can you not watch my taping.'"

According to Melendez, she respects her son's wish. But she emphasized that she will always be there to guide him in making decisions.

"Naramdaman ko na he wants to have a free hand on everything, of course, with my guidance. Pero 'yong typical na bantay sarado, hindi ko po gagawin 'yon," she said.

Relationship with former husband Jomari


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When asked about her relationship with her son's father, Melendez said they continue to be in good terms.

"I involve him as much as he can. Kasi he's busy campaigning now. Pero kapag may time talaga, I involve him lalo na kapag mayroong family day, talagang I tell him to come," she added.

According to her, many people are even teasing them that someday they would be back together-- a possibility that the 40-year-old actress does not dismiss.

"Parang lahat ng tao want us to be back together because it's just so beautiful. How can you see two ex's together and then parang wala lang nangyari," she said. "Pressure ito, pero try natin."

A special one


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Meanwhile, apart from Yllana, many bachelors have also been linked to Melendez, who admitted that she has suitors.

"Oh yes. Not only one," she jokingly said.

"Mayroong nandiyan who's always texting me and asking me 'kamusta' But 'yong constant date? I don't have time lately po eh," she said.

According to Melendez, she is still trying to cope and move on with her life. Thus, she has no time to commit herself to anyone other than her children.

"I am now beginning to bounce back in all aspects. Loving my self, loving my work more. I'm becoming a better mother. I'm learning so many new things in life," she said. "If I'd ask God for anything, it wouldn't be for my self. It would be for my children."

As for the greatest lesson she learned from her experience, Melendez said: "Not to trust so much. Always leave something for yourself."