Aiko Melendez and John Prats, in "Your Song"
By: Mario E. Bautista   From: People's Tonight
[August 31, 2008]

What do Aiko Melendez and John Prats have in common? “We both started as child stars and then we also grew up in the business,” says Aiko.

Now, they’re paired for the first time in the four-episode story featured in ABS-CBN’s Sunday afternoon treat,”Your Song”. Their May-December romance will run for four Sundays of September, entitled “Someone Like You,” culled from Piolo Pascual’s song, “How Did You Know.” It will start this afternoon after ASAP.

“I play Marge, a film teacher in the story,” says Aiko. “I’m about to marry Christian Vasquez but we suddenly break up and I get so depressed. I go to a bar to forget and I meet John, who plays Melvin, a young man who helps his mom as wedding coordinator. We end up spending the night in bed together. Four years akong nawala and now, I’m back with a vengeance.”

And in real life, who would she like to take revenge on, her ex-husbands? “No, masaya na nga ako ngayon. I’ve moved on. Matagal ko nang gustong mag-come back sa showbiz as I really miss acting, kaya lang I couldn’t do it then because of my excess weight. But now that I’m slim again, ready na ako uli to tackle demanding roles like this one. First time ko to do a May-December story.”

Wasn’t it hard to do a bedscene with John? “Siguro, kung hindi ko siya dating kilala na, I’d feel uncomfortable. But I’ve known him since bata pa siya kaya relaxed na akong katrabaho siya.”

Didn’t she feel rusty after four years? “Sa umpisa, parang nanibago. But if you really love your work, hindi naman basta mawawala ‘yung talent mo. nandiyan pa rin ‘yan. After only a few takes, I felt like hindi ako nawala at all and you can ask our director, Don Cuaresma, about it kung kinalawang nga ako.”

She’s linked with good-looking Bulacan vice mayor Patrick Meneses now while John is playing beautiful music with Shaina Magdayao. Did their respective inspirations visit them on the set? “May ganun?” she laughs. “Wala, there’s no need to visit us as they respect our work. Basta masaya kami ni John sa set. As of now, my last priority is my affairs of the heart, kasi ‘yun ang waterloo ko at ilang beses na ko nagkamali. I don’t want to get into another relationship again dahil marami pa akong ibang inaayos. Una pa rin ang mga anak ko ngayon at ang trabaho ko as Quezon City councilor and as an actress. I’m now managed by Kuya Boy Abunda and I think maganda ang exposure ko in ‘Your Song’ as my comeback vehicle. After this, I’ll do an episode in ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ that’s a great acting piece. There’s also an offer to do a movie na entry sa Metro filmfest but I’m not sure yet kung matutuloy.”