It was a role that was first offered to Maricel Soriano.
And Aiko Melendez must be thanking her lucky stars that that initial plan didn't work out, as not only did it pave the way for her to make her MMFF comeback, but it also won her an acting award.
She was named the festival's best supporting actress for portraying the daughter of Eddie Garcia's elderly gay character in the Joel Lamangan-directed feature "Rainbow's Sunset."
On Instagram, Melendez described her achievement as a "great way to end 2018" — the same year that saw her career take an upward turn thanks to the popularity of her role in "Wildflower."
"Thank you Lord Jesus for this wonderful gift. To my family, I share this recognition to all of you!" she added, before tagging the accounts of her children. her talent agency, and her glam team.
Her boyfriend, Jay Khonghun, current mayor of Subic, also got a special mention. She said that her relationship with her "No. 1 critic and fan" has been "indeed a lucky one."
"So many good things happening. God has blessed me with you and my kids! I will definitely keep you guys in my heart! Etched for the rest of my life. You are all my Rainbows sunset!"