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Aiko Melendez says Jomari Yllana has been giving her tips on playing a kontrabida

Aiko Melendez says she is open to possibility of a reconciliation with Jomari Yllana.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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7/23/2011 12:24 AM
Aiko Melendez says Jomari Yllana has been giving her tips on playing a kontrabida


072311-aiko-main.jpgAlthough she is set to work together again with her ex-husband Jomari Yllana in the upcoming kids-oriented Kapamilya series Atom.

Aiko Melendez said she is currently busy focusing her energy on the new afternoon drama series Reputasyon where she plays her first antagonist role. “Actually yung Atom (the upcoming kids-oriented Kapamilya series) dapat unang project talaga na dapat gagawin ko. Kaya lang management decision talaga na gawin ko muna yung Reputasyon,” she shared.

Aiko, who was married to Jomari Yllana for three years up until 2003, said that she is actually looking forward to seeing how the public will react to their onscreen reunion in Atom. “I’m really, really excited to work with Jomari again kasi siyempre yung team-up namin ni Jom, subok na yan eh. And kahit papaano talaga, everywhere we go, hindi na kami nakaligtas sa mga tuksuhan. Totoo pala may magic pa rin kami ni Jom, I so really want to work with Jomari,” she shared.
 
The dramatic actress said that Jom has even been giving her acting advice on how to be an effective kontrabida. Aiko is thankful for this because unlike Jom, her role in Reputasyon is her first time to be an anti-hero. “Siya kaya ang acting coach ko! He saw the teaser of Reputasyon and we’re in contact almost everyday lalo na ipinalabas na yung show. Tatawag pa yan sa akin. He calls me mama pa rin, ‘Alam mo mama, dun sa eksenang yun okay ka, magaling ka,’ Kasi siya hindi naman siya new sa pagagawa ng kontrabida kaya tinatanong ko siya paano ba gagawin ko. He’s very generous naman in sharing with me kung anong dapat gawin,” she added. The 35-year-old Reputasyon star said that because of her good relationship with Jomari, she is not discounting the possibility of a reconciliation in the future. “Feeling ko, possibly may gusto pa rin siya sa akin! (laughs). Papatayin ako ‘pag narinig ako nun (laughs). Sasabihin niya, ‘Kaw talaga, sa mga sinasabi mo, hindi na tuloy ako makababae kasi parang hindi na ako maka-move on sa ‘yo!’ (laughs). Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Bakit, hindi ba totoo?’ (laughs). Lalo na nung nakita nya ako, sabi niya ang laki na ng pinayat ko, anong ginawa ko? Sabi ko, ‘See, you’re missing a lot! (laughs)’ Kasi every time I see Jomari, like a few days ago, he was just in the house and he keeps on telling me, ‘Papayat ka ng papayat ah. Parang yan yung dati nung panahon na tayo, promise!’ So andun pa rin yun closeness. Hindi naman maaalis yun,” she explained.

Aiko said that despite the fact that they did not end up together, it does not mean they don’t flirt with each other anymore. For Aiko, having a close relationship with fathers of her children is important to her. “Siguro kasi it’s different when you had something before and when you see Andrei, oh ‘di ba carbon copy ng tatay so yung remembrance is forever nandiyan. Si Martin (Jickain, father of her daughter Martina) naman ang level naman namin is para kaming magbarkada so lahat ng mga dini-date niya, kailangan may approval ko. Sabi niya kung hindi ko gusto hindi na rin niya gusto. Sobrang open. Meron mang bagay dati na hindi okay yung relasyon ko sa mga tatay ng anak ko, this is one thing I’ve learned and I’d like to share siguro sa mga single parents na katulad ko. Siguro hindi nila dapat ipagkait na hindi okay ang relationship ng isang nanay at yung tatay niya kasi yung sa mga tatay yung hope nila na sana magkabalikan hindi na nga natupad, pati ba naman yung pagkakaibigan ipagkakait niyo pang makita ng mga bata?