Jomari Yllana says that Aiko Melendez is the kind of person anyone would love to keep as a friend.
Jomari Yllana was all bubbly when he and ex-wife Aiko Melendez faced reporters to talk about their upcoming project with ABS-CBN, the new fantaserye Atom
. He even cracked a joke about their roles in the series. “For a change, mag-asawa ang
role namin dito. Ha ha ha! Para maiba lang. Bagay ba kami? Ha ha ha!
When asked if there’s a possibility for them to get back together now that they will see each other more often, Jomari said, “Subukan natin dito, tutal mag-asawa naman tayo dito. Malay mo
.” The actor added that he is very certain he will very much enjoy Aiko’s company once taping begins. “Matagal ko na ring hindi nakakatrabaho si
Aiko. I’m very comfortable working with her. Masarap at nakakatuwa siyang katrabaho. Walang
dull moments kasi tawa lang siya nang tawa
Jomari and Aiko were married for three years until they separated in 2003. They have a son named Andrei who is now twelve years old. Despite the bitter end of their marriage, the two surprisingly managed to keep a beautiful friendship, and Jomari explained that the main reason for this was Andrei. “Siguro ‘yung
common denominator namin
in terms of wanting to save the friendship is ‘yung
kids. Kapag may anak kayo, maiisip niyo na hindi kayo pwedeng mag-away.
The 34-year-old actor/producer went on to share how, on his part, he was able to surpass the pain brought about by his breakup with Aiko. “Para sa akin kung ano man ang
rough stage na pinagdadaanan ng dalawang tao, kapag binato ka ng bato batuhin mo na lang ng tinapay. ‘Wag mong gawin sa kapwa mo ‘yung ayaw mong gagawin sa iyo. Ganun lang naman ka
-simple. ‘Wag ka ring magtatanim ng sama ng loob sa tao. Masarap gumising sa umaga na wala kang inapi o umapi sa iyo. Minsan mahirap sagutin ‘yung tanong na
, ‘What makes you happy?’ Pero ang totoo
simple lang naman. Masarap ‘yung pakiramdam na wala kang kaaway, maayos ang pakikitungo mo sa mga tao.
Jomari and Aiko are both single and since they will be spending more time together on the set, is there a possibility for romance to be rekindled? Jomari explained, “I never closed my doors. Alam niya ‘yan dati pa. Ang pinto ko, ang bahay ko ay laging bukas para sa kanya.
Never kong sinara, kahit inaaway niya ako, he he he!
He went on to say that it’s not an issue that Aiko has another failed marriage, one with former model Martin Jickain which lasted for two years. Aiko and Martin have a daughter named Marthena. “‘Yang mga
strike na ‘yan
, phase lang ng ating buhay ‘yan. Si
Aiko mahilig lang talagang magpakasal, ha ha ha!
” Jomari joked.
As one of Aiko’s closest friends, Jomari said that if there’s a good thing that came out of her two failed marriages, it’s having Andrei and Marthena. “Ibang klase siya mag-anak. Kapag nakita mo ‘yung mga bata, kahit yata
murder mapapatawad mo. Nakakalambot ng puso. Si
Aiko naman mabuti makisama sa mga tao. Mag-
fail man ‘yung
, you would still want her in your circle of friends.”