- Aiko Shinoji
December 16, 1975 (age 46)
- Actor, Politician
- Jimi Melendez
Aiko Melendez (born December 16, 1975) is a Filipino former Councillor and actress. Her father, Jimmy Melendez (born Jim Shinoji) was an actor.
In the late 1980s, Melendez was discovered by Regal Films with whom she signed a contract and became one of their 'Regal Babies'. Her half-brother Jam Melendez (son of Jimmy Melendez and Deborah Sun) also entered showbusiness.
Aiko ran for Councillor in the barangay elections in Quezon City in 2003 and won. She was Councillor of the 2nd District of Quezon City for 4 years through 2008. She has done several shows on GMA Network but most often appears 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. In 2013, she was part of the TV Series Apoy Sa Dagat costarring Angelica Panganiban, Piolo Pascual and Diether Ocampo. In 2015, she was part of the TV Series, Inday Bote playing the role Fionna Vargas, the main antagonist/villain. In 2017, she played the main antagonist in Wildflower as Gov. Emillia Ardiente-Torillo/Baby Dragon.
She was married to actor Jomari Yllana from 2000 to 2003. Melendez and Yllana have a son named Andrei. In 2006, Aiko married Martin Jickain. The marriage was annulled in 2010. In 2013, Aiko became Born Again Christian.
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