AIKO Melendez plays the daughter of Eddie Garcia in “Rainbow’s Sunset” who cannot accept that her dad is having a gay relationship all these years with her godfather or ninong, Tony Mabesa.
The other children, played by Tirso Cruz III and Sunshine Dizon, are more tolerant but Aiko is vehemently against their dad’s coming out as it might ruin her political reputation as their town’s mayor. But she herself has her own secrets, what with her own husband, Marcus Madrigal, engaged in some corrupt activities.
What if Aiko would learn in real life that her son is gay? “Honestly, no problem for me,” she says. “Matatanggap ko but my son Andrei, sobrang malayong maging gay kasi lalaking-lalaki po talaga siya. Pero kung may gay akong anak, okay lang. What’s more important naman is what he can contribute to the betterment of our society.”
How is she and Andrei’s dad, Jomari Yllana, doing right now? “Honestly, we’ve not talked lately and siguro, it’s for the better na ring huwag na lang kaming mag-usap para hindi na rin kami nagkakasakitan with exchange of words we might only regret later on. So, mas okay na ganito na lang kami. Huwag na lang pag-usapan pa, out of respect for him and respeto na rin niya sa akin.”
Does she resent Jomari’s having a new baby with his wife now? “No, not at all. A baby is always a blessing. Ang baby, angel 'yan so we should always welcome a baby. I’m happy for them and their baby.”
Aiko herself is now happy with her current boyfriend, the mayor of Subic named Jay Khongkun. “His two kids accept me and my two kids accept him, so okay kami. We’re blessed na naging maayos ang relationship namin sa lahat.”
Have they any wedding plans? “In passing yes, we talk about it. But nothing final, kasi marami pa ring dapat ayusin. So hindi kami nagmamadali.”
Aiko will be attending the premiere night of “Rainbow’s Sunset” with the entire cast and Director Joel Lamangan scheduled for tonight at Trinoma. “We’re all encouraged by the very positive reviews we’re getting after the press preview,” she says. “So we encourage everyone to watch it when it opens in theatres on Christmas Day.”
Some folks are predicting she might win the best supporting actress award for her performance in this movie. “Ay, ayokong mag-expect kasi maraming magaling dito, nandiyan din sina Sunshine Dizon and Max Collins. Basta ako, I gave my all to the movie. Kundi man ako ang manalo, sana sina Tito Eddie Garcia or Tita Gloria Romero, they surely deserve to win kasi ang gagaling nila in their respective roles.”