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Aiko Melendez says her son Andre is entering showbiz this year

Aiko Melendez admits she is excited to become a stage mother to son Andre.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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3/8/2013 8:28 AM
Aiko Melendez says her son Andre is entering showbiz this year


030813-aiko_main.jpgAn exciting addition to the cast of the Primetime Bida series Apoy Sa Dagat is award-winning actress Aiko Melendez who will play the role of Odessa, which was portrayed by Nikki Gil during the premiere week. “Sobrang excited and pressured kasi nanggagaling tayo sa napakahusay na Nikki Gil sa pagganap ng role ko bilang Odessa. She had good reviews and a great performance so I’m kind of pressured na sana mapantayan ko yung ginawa ni Nikki,” Aiko said during her Apoy Sa Dagat solo presscon held last March 7 inside ABS-CBN. 

The 37-year-old actress said that fans of the show can look forward to many dramatic confrontations between her character Odessa and Angel Aquino’s character Adriana. “Magkakaroon kami ng mga sagutan siyempre sa linyahan pa-bonggahan ng lines and then hindi pa naman kasi na-te-tape kung ano yung mga sagutan namin. Diniscuss pa lang sa amin how tapos ang ganda ang mga eksena kasi pati yung role ni Ate Sylvia Sanchez dito bilang best friend ko, ang ganda ng twist nung storya, nugn pagpasok ng role ko kung paano ko papabagsakin si Adriana. May sampalan. Sa mga na-tape ko na, siguro sa tatatlong sequences puro ako ang nasasampal kasi nga api ako dito. Kay tita Liza Lorena pa lang ako nasasampal eh. Pero sana abangan nila. Pinapangako namin kung gaano ka-init ang pagtanggap nila mula sa pilot hanggang sa huli ibibigay ng Apoy Sa Dagat yung hinahanap nilang apoy sa bawat eksena,” she shared.

After playing the kontrabida role of Catherine Villamayor in Reputasyon in 2011, Aiko admitted she is excited to play an underdog role in Apoy Sa Dagat. This will also be her first time to work with Piolo Pascual, Angelica Panganiban, and Diether Ocampo. “I’m really excited, nakunan na yung isang scene ng unang pagtatagpo namin ni Angelica and excited na excited ako na mapanuod ito ng tao kasi napakahusay dito ni Angelica. Hindi madali na mag-portray ng kambal na role, nakakapagod yun physically and emotionally. She gave a good performance,” she said.

Although she plays varying characters on television, Aiko’s favorite role will always be doting mother to Andre and Marthena, her children with Jomari Yllana and with Martin Jickain. Aiko revealed that 14-year-old Andre is planning to enter showbiz very, very soon. “Yes, we’re preparing him na. Kung ano gagawin niya, yun ang gusto namin i-figure out kasi ayoko naman na paglabas niya, parang ano bayan nakakahiya, nakaka-pressure yun sa akin and sa dad niya. Kaya nga mag-uusap pa kami ni Jom this week kung paano namin iha-handle yung pagpasok ni Andre sa showbiz kasi next week may ipa-plano kami,” she admitted.

Aiko said her son is interested in more than just acting. “Gusto ko makita and ma-experience naman ng tao na may boses yung anak ko eh, he can sing so that’s one thing na gusto ko medyo i-hone na talent and sa acting medyo ipa-pa-workshop namin kasi hindi pa naman siya sanay,” she added.

Aiko couldn’t help but show her stage mother side while talking about her firstborn. “He’s a combination of Jomari and Aiko, but more of Jomari pero maputing version. So just imagine. I’m such a proud mom. So parang kaya ako siguro hindi nag-file ng candidacy ko this year kasi magiging mas busy ako as a mom, as a stage mom to my son. (laughs),” she admitted.

Because he is only in first year high school, Aiko admitted she is not allowing her son to court girls yet. “Kasi 14 pa lang siya eh tapos minsan may nakausap akong manghuhula, alam ko naman hindi dapat ako maniwala pero sabi madami daw kaming magiging apo sa labas ni Jom. So na-tense ako. yung cellphone ng anak, alam naman niya ito, binabasa ko so mga two weeks ako, linagyan ba naman niya ng pass code! So sabi ko, my God baka naman magkatotoo yan, aatakihin ako (laughs),” she shared.

If ever Andre becomes part of a love team, Aiko said she will be okay with it. “Sa love team oo pero gusto ko makilala muna yung ka-love team (laughs). Siyempre mga love team love team na yan ang uso now di ba? Parang barkada ang relasyon ko kay Andre. I want him to treat me more like a barkada with respect para hindi siya magtago sa akin,” she admitted.

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