Aiko Melendez

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Aiko Melendez
Aiko Shinoji

(1975-12-16) December 16, 1975 (age 43)
OccupationPolitician, actress
Years active1982–present

Aiko Melendez (born December 16, 1975) is a Filipino 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.[1]

Aiko Melendez started as 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'.[2]

In 2001, Aiko ran for councilor in the city elections in Quezon City and won. She became Councillor of the 2nd District of Quezon City and remained in office for 9 years until 2010.[3][4] She did several shows on GMA Network but most often appeared on ABS-CBN.[3]

In 2011, Aiko returned to ABS-CBN for an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya and Reputasyon with Cristine Reyes and Rayver Cruz.[5][6] In 2013, she was part of the TV series Apoy Sa Dagat costarring Angelica Panganiban, Piolo Pascual and Diether Ocampo.[4]

In 2015, Melendez played the role of Fionna Vargas in Inday Bote.[7]

In 2019 , Melendez return to GMA Network to play a role in Prima Donnas.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to actor Jomari Yllana from 2000 to 2003. Melendez and Yllana have a son named Andrei.[8]

In 2006, Aiko married Martin Jickain.[3] The marriage was annulled in 2010.[9]

In 2013, Aiko converted to Born Again Christianity.[10]



Year Title Role Notes Source
1981 Anna Liza
1989 Lovingly Yours, Helen
1989-1995 Eat Bulaga! Herself / Co-host
1995-1998 Bubble Gang Herself
1996-1998 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila Herself / Co-hostess
2002 Klasmayts
2004 Yes, Yes Show!
2006 Noel
2008 Your Song Marge Fernando Episode: "Someone Like You"
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Aurora Episode: "Kanin"
2009 Talentadong Pinoy Herself / Judge
2010 Sine Novela: Basahang Ginto Rosenda Montecillo
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Marivic Episode: "TV"
2011-2012 Reputasyon Catherine Espeleta-Villamayor / Connie Aragon
2012 Nandito Ako Margareth Posadas
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya Christie Episode: "Belen"
2013 Apoy Sa Dagat Odessa Villarosa-del Sol [11]
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Gloria Episode: "Harmonica"
2014 Ipaglaban Mo! Candida Episode: "Sa Aking Pagbangon"
2014 The Ryzza Mae Show Herself
2014 Give Love of Christmas: The Gift Giver Rose Aguinaldo [12]
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Beth Episode: "Salamin"
2015 Inday Bote Fiona Vargas-Navarro [13]
2015 Ipaglaban Mo! Belen Episode: "Inabusong Inosente"
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Myrna Cuenco Episode: "Karaoke"
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Sima Episode: "Lubid"
2016 Maalaala Mo Kaya Shirley Esguerra Episode: "Backpack"
2016 The Story of Us Carmy Santos-Manalo [14]
2016 Maalaala Mo Kaya Marilyn "Bing" Concine Episode: "Riles"
2016 Maalaala Mo Kaya Amy Episode: "Popcorn"
2016 Celebrity Playtime Player on Team 90's
2017-18 Wildflower Emilia Ardiente-Torillo [15][16]
2018 Bagani Matadora / Bighani
2019 StarStruck Herself/Mentor 3 episodes guest-arc [17]
2019 Prima Donnas Kendra Fajardo Primary Antagonist [18]


Year Title Role
2018 Rainbow's Sunset Georgina
2016 Barcelona: A Love Untold Insiang
2015 Everyday I Love You Guada Locsin
Etiquette for Mistresses Adelle Ayson
2014 Asintado
2009 Yaya & Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie Mommy
2003 Filipinas Vicky Filipinas
2000 Mahal Kita, Walang Iwanan Cynthia
1999 Higit Pa Sa Buhay Ko
1998 Ikaw Pa Rin Ang Iibigin Pia Tesoro
Pagdating ng Panahon
1997 Kahit Kailan
Kung Marunong Kang Magdasal, Umpisahan Mo Na Cynthia
Atraso: Ang Taong may Kasalanan Tessa Villanueva
1996 Ayoko na Sanang Magmahal
Huling Sagupaan
Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon Beverly
1995 Batang X
Araw-araw, Gabi-gabi
Bawal na Gamot 2
Sa'yo Lamang Louella
1994 Bawal na Gamot
Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie Ana
Ang Ika-Labing Isang Utos: Mahalin Mo, Asawa Mo Solidad
Multo in the City Mabel
Buhay ng Buhay Ko
1993 May Minamahal Monica
Dugo ng Panday
Dino ... Abangan ang Susunod Na ...
1992 Sinungaling Mong Puso Anna
Sonny Boy, Public Enemy Number 1 of Cebu City
Kamay ni Kain
Shake Rattle & Roll IV Sister Mary John
Unang Tibok ng Puso Lena
Buddy en Sol (Sine ito) Anna
Si Lucio at si Miguel: Hihintayin Kayo sa Langit Rosanna
Guwapings: The First Adventure
Cornelia Ramos Story
1991 Ali in Wonderland Kili kili
Emma Salazar Case
Kung Sino Pa Ang Minahal
Gabo: Walang Patawad Kung Pumatay Meanne
Underage Too Aiko
1990 Nimfa
Tora Tora, Bang Bang Bang
Last 2 Minutes
Trese Tessa Encarnacion
1989 Isang Araw Walang Diyos Laya
Romeo Loves Juliet ... But Their Families Hate Each Other! Juliet
My Pretty Baby Maria
1983 Don't Cry for Me, Papa Tessie
1982 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Where Love Has Gone

TV commercials[edit]

  • Rexona (May 1994)
  • Pigromix (August 1984)


  • Celebrity Inductee, Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines 2014 - Won
  • Best Supporting Actress for Iadya Mo Kami, 15th Gawad Tanglaw Awards 2017
  • Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktres for Iadya Mo Kami, 19th Gawad PASADO Awards
  • Best Supporting Actress for Wildflower, 31st PMPC Star Awards for Television


  1. ^ "Filipina Actress - Aiko Melendez". Blogspot. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ Lo, Ricky. "The Evolution of The Regal Babies". Philstar Global Entertainment. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Aiko open to TV project with ex-hubby Jomari ABS-CBN 06/06/2008
  4. ^ a b Aiko makes comeback with May-December affair in 'Your Song' ABS-CBN. 08/30/2008
  5. ^ "TV (Twist of Fate)". MMK 25. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Aiko Melendez admits she almost didn't accept her kontrabida role in Reputasyon". Push ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  7. ^ Santiago, Ervin. "Inday Bote patok na patok sa mga bagets; Aiko kinasusuklaman". Bandera. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Aiko Melendez Confirms Misunderstanding with Son Andrei". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "19 Celebrities Who Changed Religions". Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  11. ^ Angelica Panganiban plays dual role
  12. ^ ABSCBN Entertainment (November 13, 2014). "GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS Teaser". ABSCBN Entertainment. YouTube. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  13. ^ INDAY BOTE Full Trailer: Soon on ABS-CBN!
  14. ^ ABSCBN Entertainment (February 14, 2016). "THE STORY OF US Full Trailer: Soon on ABS-CBN!". ABSCBN Entertainment. YouTube. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  15. ^ Wildflower Trade Trailer: Coming in 2017 on ABS-CBN!. YouTube. ABS-CBN. November 23, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Wildflower Full Trailer: Coming Soon on ABS-CBN!. YouTube. ABS-CBN. January 26, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  17. ^ {{cite av media|url=
  18. ^ "Aiko Melendez joins GMA's Prima Donnas!". Bored Productive. Bored Productive. May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2019.

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