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Aiko Melendez

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Aiko Melendez was born on December 16, 1975. Aiko is a Filipina actress and former politician. Her father, Jimmy Melendez (born Jim Shinoji), was an actor. Her half-brother, Jam Melendez (son of Jimmy Melendez and Deborah Sun), also entered showbusiness. Melendez was married to actor Jomari Yllana from 2000 to 2003. Melendez and Yllana have a son named Andrei. In 2006, Aiko married Martin Jickain. As of November 2021, Aiko Meledez is married to Jay Khonghun. Her husband has an Instagram account which is vicegov_jaykhonghun. The audience of Jay’s account is exceeding 3K followers. Aiko Melendez has two children, a son and a daughter. Both her children have their INstagram accounts. Her son’s account is andreillana. Andrei is quite active on Instagram and has more than 69K followers. Aikoo’s daughter’s account is jickainmarthena. Despite the fact that her account is not active, however, she has over 50K followers. 

 

Aiko Melendez started as a child star in the early ’80s under Regal Films among them, Santa Claus is Coming to Town in 1982 and she was billed simply as Aiko. In the late ’80s, the same movie outfit launched her together with Ruffa Gutierrez and Carmina Villaroel as teen actresses. From the late ’80s through ’90s, she became a blockbuster leading lady to big actors such as Richard Gomez, Jomari Yllana and Aga Muhlach. She received multiple awards for May Minamahal in 1993 and Sa ‘yo Lamang in 1995. Her 1997 film, Kahit Kailan, received several awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). The movie was produced by Lily Monteverde. In the late 2000s, she starred in TV shows. In 2017, she garnered praises for her work in Wildflower, a primetime soap opera.

 

Melendez was discovered in the late 1980s and signed a contract with Regal Films, becoming one of their ‘Regal Babies’. In 2001, Aiko ran for councilor in the city elections in Quezon City and won. She became Councilor of the 2nd District of Quezon City and remained in office for 9 years until 2010. She did several shows on GMA Network but most often appeared on ABS-CBN. In 2011, Aiko returned to ABS-CBN for an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya and Reputasyon with Cristine  Reyes and Rayver Cruz n 2013, she was part of the TV series Apoy SA Dagat co starring Angelica Panganiban, Piolo Pascual and Diether Ocampo. In 2015, Melendez played the role of Fionna Vargas in Inday Bote. In 2017, Melendez played the role of Emilia Ardiente in Wildflower. One year later,In 2018, Melendez played the role of Matadora/Bighani in Bagani. In 2019, Melendez returned to GMA Network to play a role in Prima Donnas.

 

Aiko is active on various social media platforms which happen to be YouTube, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram. The YouTube channel, Aiko Melendez, was created on March 5, 2019. ON this channel Aiko shares her lifestyle. Aiko’s channel has over 718K subscribers. On Instagram her channel is aikomelendez and the audience here exceeds 1 million followers. As for Twitter, Aiko joined this platform and created her channel in June 2017. Her channel is Aiko melendez, and has more than 7K followers. On TikTok aiko’s account is called aikomelendez2015. On this platform Aiko’s audience exceeds 1.1 million followers.   

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