The actress-politician, Aiko Melendez, seemed to throw shade at Liza “Hope” Soberano following her recent self-rebranding issue.
In Soberano’s vlog on February 26, she reinvented herself and said she’s been pursuing what she really wanted for herself ever since. She left her home network, talent agency, and even her manager Ogie Diaz.
In Melendez’s Facebook post on March 5, she talked about being grateful to one’s roots which seemed like an indirect hit at Soberano.
She said that having respect and depth of gratitude for those who helped her is the reason for her long career in show business.
Melendez pointed out, “Hindi lahat naman hanggang ngayon ay nabibigyan ng pagkakataon na umarte pa at mabigyan ng lead roles at supporting roles. Isa ako sa mapalad dahil nagagawa ko ang gusto at mahal ko. Marahil ang dahilan ng longevity ko sa karera ko ay marunong akong tumingin sa kung san ako nagsimula.”
In her explanation, Melendez explained that she would accept projects if they were offered to her by the people she values.
She then talked about the importance of having connections in the world of show business.
She explained, “Ang punto ko at natutunan sa manager ko na si Tito Douglas Quijano ay be grateful. Don’t burn bridges. Kasi maliit ang mundo ng showbiz para mas paliitin mo pa ito. Ang kaaway mo nuon maari maging tulay para mas me magandang oppurtunidad syo sa pag arte.”
“Naniniwala ako sa salitang What comes around Goes around. Kapag nagtanim ka ng maganda me aaniin ka maganda. At hindi mo pwede solohin ang lahat ng kredito sa sarili mo lang. Collaboration of Great minds ang lahat ng karera sa buhay,” she said.
To the new generation of showbiz, Melendez advised always being grateful, humble, and looking back.
She shared, “Tumingin sa pinanggalingan at wag tatalikod. Maari gusto mo baguhin ang karera mo sa ano mang paraan mo gusto but you can’t discount the fact na minsan sa buhay mo nakasama mo ang mga taong tumulong syo kaya ang simpleng pagpapasalamat sa knila ay di kalabisan.”
Aiko Melendez has been in the show business for over 35 years now. She started as a child star in the early ’80s under Regal Films. Her recent TV project was GMA’s drama series Mano Po Legacy: The Flower Sisters.