Aiko Melendez careworn she has been “fully vaccinated” not as a result of she obtained particular remedy as a star.
“I’m already fully vaccinated. I know people are reacting negatively to celebrities getting vaccinated ahead of others,” Aiko Melendez stated throughout a digital media gathering to launch her retail web site www.pingmeup.retailer.
“I promise you, I have documents to support claims that I have a comorbidity. I didn’t get special treatment. I lined up to get my vaccine with the rest of the people in our village,” Aiko insisted.
She urged people to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 as a result of “it’s one of the ways to lessen the impact of the virus on us personally and on the community.”
“I know there are still a lot of people who are hesitant to get vaccinated. If you have the chance to get one, grab it,” appealed Aiko, who additionally confessed to critically contemplating working for Congress for Quezon City’s fifth district in 2022.
Aiko stated she wished to be the voice of people who lost their loved ones to COVID-19. Her stepdad, Dan Castañeda, handed away due to COVID-19 final February.
“His death had been so painful for us because we weren’t prepared for it. He died because there were people who chose not to be honest with their [health] situation. Other people, including my Daddy Danny, got infected,” the actress shared with Inquirer Entertainment.
As for her largest remorse, Aiko stated it was not having the ability to hug her stepdad tight sufficient. “But now, I’ve realized that he has given me a mission. I will be one of the voices that will tell people to take COVID-19 seriously,” she declared. “If you’re lucky enough not to get infected, this doesn’t mean the virus is not true. Other people think that wearing masks and washing hands are purely commercialism; they’re not. This virus kills. This is why we should all take care; we should cherish the times we are able to spend with our loved ones, every minute, every second. This way, we won’t feel any regret.”
Losing a father
Aiko admitted that up to now, she would nonetheless really feel very emotional about shedding a father. “I really can’t say that I’m already OK. I grew up with my Daddy Danny. Half of my life I spent with him,” stated Aiko, whose organic dad, actor Jimi Melendez, already handed away in 1997.
“Gano’n pala ‘yon when you lose a loved one. When my Papa Jimi died, I thought I’d be OK after a month, but no, the pain gets deeper as time passes because you would always recall the good memories you shared with him,” she defined. “When my Daddy Danny died, I felt really sad. I’m still in the process of healing and forgiving [those who caused him harm].”
Aiko stated she made positive to have a good time Father’s Day final Sunday, “not only to show my appreciation to all fathers, but also to pay tribute to all the mothers, who like me, also became dads to their children.”
Aiko is mother of Jomari Yllana’s son Andrei, 22, who graduated from faculty lately. Her daughter, Marthena, 13, is by former trend mannequin Martin Jickain.
“It’s not easy being both a mom and a dad to them, but I’m just so blessed that I was able to raise them well, with the help of my own mom [Elsa Castañeda]. She took care of my kids during those times when I didn’t have a choice but to leave the house in order to raise money for their future. Yes, it’s really tough to be a single mom. That’s why, I think Father’s Day shouldn’t just be for all the ‘tatays’ out there, but for all the ‘naytays,’ too,” Aiko informed Inquirer Entertainment
Sadly, Aiko admitted that she shouldn’t be on talking phrases with Jomari. She feels that Andrei’s father shouldn’t be making sufficient effort to play his position in the boy’s life. “His son just graduated. He should’ve found a way to personally congratulate the boy. I don’t want to insult Jom in any way, but this is Andrei’s final march as a student. He should do something to catch up,” the actress stated.
“I also had no intention of hurting anyone with what I posted [on social media],” stated Aiko, referring to her “thank-you message,” which she stated, merely mirrored how proud she is of Andrei. Netizens took discover of the undeniable fact that Aiko made no point out of Jomari.Aiko additionally let on that Andrei is sort of shut to Zambales Vice Governor Jay Khonghun, her boyfriend of 4 years. “They would have what they call ‘boys’ talk,’ which VG [Jay’s nickname] doesn’t want to share with me because, if I knew, he said Andrei wouldn’t open up to him anymore. It feels reassuring that if Andrei has problems, I know he has his Tito VG to run to,” the mother stated.
On the different hand, Aiko claims she feels “no tension” in her relationship with Marthena’s dad. “Martin recently texted Marthena to ask if they could meet and bond. He even invited VG. To be fair, I never had a problem with Martin because he’s always been a good and responsible dad to Marthena. Our communication lines are open. We’re OK.”
Asked what situations did she really feel like being each mother and pa to her children, Aiko replied: “Whenever I would pay for their tuition,” she stated, laughing. “Seriously, each time I’ve to make necessary choices that concern them. It’s necessary to be aware that Andrei, who is already 22, and Marthena have totally different wants. As their mother, I’ve to be ready to modify shortly. It’s more durable when the drawback considerations Andrei. I’m not ready to reply all his questions all the time, particularly in the event that they’re about him being a person. Sometimes, I’d merely Google them, hoping that I’d be ready to provide you with an clever reply, para ‘di naman ako mapahiya.
“I’m sure single mothers can relate to this. You will do anything for your kids. You will try to give them the best future they deserve, to the point na magpupuyat ka na. I personally have lost count of how much tears I’ve shed in tapings, just so I’d be able to earn and provide for my kids,” stated Aiko, who lately signed up to do the horror trilogy “Huwag Kang Lalabas” by Adolfo Alix Jr. INQ
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