SA patuloy na pagdami ng mga Pinoy na tinatamaan ng COVID-19, di natin maiiwasan na mag-panic, ma-anxious at mapraning.
Para sa aktres na si Aiko Melendez, walang ibang nakakapagpakalma sa kanya kundi ang Panginoon.
Maliban sa pagdarasal, nananatiling matatag si Aiko kasama ang kanyang mga anak at ang boyfriend na si Subic Vice Gov. Jay Khonghun.
Narito ang chat ni Dollywood sa award-winning actress.
How do you and boyfriend Jay (Khonghun) keep your relationship strong in the time of COVID-19?
We’re always in touch with each other, and I go to his baluarte, Subic, once in a while to bring donations, like PPE (personal protective equipment), face masks and alcohol for his constituents. I make sure they all go to the right people. We lack staff, that’s why Jay and I rely on our teamwork as a couple.
What’s the most productive thing you’ve done during ECQ?
I have learned to become more experimental in cooking meals for my kids. Not only do they get surprised at my concoctions, I end up surprising myself, too. It’s fun to veer away from making the usual dishes.
If you could be in quarantine with any celeb, who would you pick?
Brad Pitt. Not really because of his looks, but since I heard he’s a humanitarian who supports a lot of foundations, maybe I can ask him to help the Philippines, too.
What COVID-related story impacted you the most?
The front-liner being attacked, and he almost lost his sight. My heart goes out to him. I wonder why it has gone this bad.
What are some of your realizations during this pandemic?
That nothing is certain. Before the ECQ was declared, I was so busy and sometimes, I would complain that I lacked sleep because of work. Now here comes the next scenario—I now have too much sleep! What we have right now is all up to God, if He wants to take it away from us.
Any “good vibes” anecdote about ECQ bonding with your kids?
When I do my TikTok videos with them, they make fun of me. But I have to keep up with the times. My kids’ comments crack me up.
What are the top five things on your ECQ grocery list?
Lysol, chicken, juices, crackers and noodles.
What are your postlockdown plans?
Appreciate the beauty of life and relish life’s simple joys. I will give my kids a victory hug and let them feel that we survived the crisis together. We will celebrate on the beach.
How do you stay calm amid the pandemic?
I pray a lot and read Bible verses. It reassures me that God is more powerful than the pandemic, and this, too, will pass.
What’s your personal mantra during this health crisis?
To always do good, whether in small or big ways. Don’t lose faith. Just because we are in a crisis doesn’t mean God loves us less. He is just showing mankind that He’s the only one who can help and save us.