After a controversial and longtime rift, Ara Mina and Aiko Melendez finally patched things up in an unexpected circumstance.
Showbiz reporter and comedian Ogie Diaz shared the good news to the public on a Facebook post on September 23, Saturday.
Ogie, Aiko, and Ara were at a friend’s wake when it happened, as per a story shared by Pep.
In his post, Ogie shared, “Past is past. The important is now. Nice to see them na tsikahan nang tsikahan.” [Nice to see them chatting and chatting]. All is well that ends well. #Nice.
“Sa burol pa talaga nangyari ha? Hehehe.” [And it happened at a wake huh?]
38-year-old actress Ara Mina also expressed her gladness on social media through her Instagram post; sharing a photo of her with Aiko.
She captioned, “It was nice seeing you [kiss emoji] @aikomelendez.”
The 41-year-old actress of ABS-CBN show “Wildflower” responded by re-posting it with a caption, saying “So good to finally catch up with you after so many years! Hang out soon @therealaramina”
Aiko also posted a message for Ara on Facebook, saying: “So good to finally talk and chit chat with you Hazel (Ara’s real name). It’s been ages!!! We both can freely take selfies together without the awkward feeling. Let’s hang out soon!!! Katawa ang dami nameng exchanges of texts ahahahaha!” [It’s so funny we had a lot of text exchange.]
Their conflict began when actor Jomari Yllana, Aiko’s ex-husband, became Ara’s boyfriend. Ara was even accused of being a “homewrecker” and was blamed for the Aiko-Jomari breakup.
Ara and Aiko got involved once again in a controversial clash back in 2011 when Ara had a relationship with Aiko’s ex-boyfriend, Bulacan Mayor, Patrick Meneses.
Aiko and Patrick had a failed relationship which even led to the latter filing a libel case against Aiko.
Amidst all the conflicts, Ara and Aiko always expressed in previous interviews their openness to make up and resolve their issues. It just seemed to be the perfect time for both of them to make it up to each other.