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Aiko Melendez says that she is not closing her doors on politics

Aiko Melendez says that she is still unsure if she will return to politics.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

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7/19/2011 8:26 AM
Aiko Melendez says that she is not closing her doors on politics


071911-aiko_main.jpgWith her successful showbiz comeback, Aiko Melendez said that she will set aside her political ambition for the mean time. The actress ran for vice mayor in Quezon City in 2009 but lost, although she has served as councilor in the same city for a couple of terms. “Honestly ngayon, hindi ko talaga maisip ang politics kasi nage-enjoy ako, na-miss ko ito for so long and I don’t even know kung babalik ako [sa politics] sa 2013. Kahit paano nga dapat nga sinasabi ko na sa inyo [kung babalik ba talaga ako] ‘di ba? Hindi talaga, eh. Kasi meron akong hinihintay na sign na ‘pag nangyari ‘yon, ibig sabihin meant talaga sa akin [ang politics],” the actress related.

She added that her loss in the elections did not mean that she couldn’t be of service to other people. “Ako umabot na ako sa punto na ‘yung acceptance na okay hindi ako pinalad sa isang aspetong ito pero hindi naman ibig sabihin non kailangan na akong huminto sa pagtulong,” she explained. “Kahit naman wala ako sa pulitika ngayon, modesty aside marami rin akong natutulong kahit sa backdoor ako ng Quezon City.”

Whether she will or will not return to politics, Aiko said that she is waiting for a sign. “Pag dumating na ‘yong sign, calling ko ‘na yan. Maybe I’ll reconsider pero ngayon mas gusto kong ibigay ang attention ko sa (showbiz) comeback [ko].”

In the one year that Aiko has been away from showbiz, she would still make occasional TV appearances because it was something that she loves to do. “Every time na magre-rest ako sa show business I see to it na I do MMK (Maalaala Mo Kaya) o nagkakaroon ako ng mga guesting-guesting kasi this is something na talagang I love doing, passion ito, eh. Acting is a passion for me.” When she was offered the kontrabida role in Reputasyon, Aiko immediately grabbed the opportunity.

Although currently without a love life, Aiko is still inspired because her career is back on track. She also now focuses on being a mother to her two kids; Andrei, 12 and daughter Marthena, 5.

Five months ago, Aiko broke up with then boyfriend Bulacan Mayor Patrick Meneses who helped her realize the importance of her kids. “’Yun ang na-realize ko this past few months after ng breakup ko, after ng pagkatalo sa eleksyon, [that] no amount of anybody (sic) can replace your children. No amount of position, no amount of pain can ever replace my kids. Sinasabi ko dati ang love life ko masaya ako ‘di ba ganyan, pero ibang joy at contentment ang kayang ibigay ng mga anak mo. Alam ko lumipas man o ilan mang love life ang dumating sa buhay ko itong dalawang ito, hindi ako iiwan, hindi ako lolokohin. Andyan ‘yan forever sa akin.