Melisa Cantiveros

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Melai Bunayog Cantiveros-Francisco
Born Melisa Bunayog Cantiveros
(1988-04-06) April 6, 1988 (age 26)
General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines
Other names Melai
Inday waknat
Occupation Actress
Former reality show contestant
Years active 2009-present
Agent Star Magic (2010–present)
Spouse(s) Jason Francisco (m. 2013)
Children 1

Melai Cantiveros-Francisco (born Melisa Bunayog Cantiveros on April 6, 1988),[1] is a Filipina actress, comedienne, host and fifth female Big Winner of the reality show, Pinoy Big Brother. She is currently one of ABS-CBN's contract talents.

Personal life[edit]

Cantiveros was born on April 6, 1988 at General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines to Dionisio and Virginia Cantiveros.[1] She is the third of four siblings and the only daughter. She studied at Mindanao State University – General Santos.[2] On the September 8, 2013 episode of The Buzz, she revealed in an interview with Boy Abunda that she is pregnant with Jason's child and got married to Jason Francisco in December 9, 2013.[3]


In October 2009, Cantiveros entered the Big Brother house along with 25 other housemates. After 133 days, she was able to garner enough votes to reach the final episode wherein she won the competition by getting 1,226,675 votes or 32.08% of the entire votes.

In February 2010, Cantiveros did guesting in several talk shows like The Buzz, SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon, and Entertainment Live. She was also invited to variety shows such as ASAP ROCKS. She and her real life partner, Jason Francisco, starred in a reality show spin off entitled Melason In Love. Cantiveros was also cast in the daytime drama Impostor. She also landed a main role in the fantaserye show, Kokey @ Ako. She also played a main role in Maalaala Mo Kaya as a maid named Pangga. She became one of the hosts on the now defuct noon time show Happy, Yipee, Yehey. She also played a main role as Brandy De la Paz in Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Mana Po before the show ended in late March.



Year Shows Role Network
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar Herself Performer
Give Love On Christmas: Exchange Gift Ruby
2014 Two Wives Carla
Wansapanataym: Perfecto Dory
Ipaglaban Mo: Nang Dahil Sa Utang Elena
Umagang Kay Ganda Herself/Host
Gandang Gabi, Vice! Herself/Guest
Aquino & Abunda Tonight
The Buzz
Kris TV
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Jeep Nonette
2013–2014 Honesto Cleopatra Batungbakal
2013 Apoy Sa Dagat Paprika Mendoza
Be Careful With My Heart Gemma
Wansapanataym: Number One Father & Son Pepay
2012–2013 Kris TV Special Guest Co-host
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Baunan Norma
Wansapanataym: Dollhouse Bituin
Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited Herself/Houseguest
2011-2012 Happy Yipee Yehey! Herself/Host
2011 Wansapanataym: Wan Tru Lav
I Dare You: The Kapamilya Exchange Herself/Host
Gandang Gabi, Vice! HerselfGuest
100 Days to Heaven Girlie
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Birth Certificate Young Carol Araos
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Mana Po Brandi Dela Paz
2010–present Banana Split Herself / Various Characters
ASAP Co-Host / Performer
2010 Simply KC Herself/Guest
Matanglawin Herself/Guest Host
Showtime Herself/Judge
Kokey @ Ako Josa Reyes
Wansapanataym: Inday Bote Inday Vargas
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Toy Car Pangga
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Impostor Devina "Devin" Ventura
Melason: Promdi Heart Herself
Melason: In Da City
Melason In Love
2009–2010 Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up Herself /Housemate/ Big Winner


Year Title Role
2010 I Do Marian
2011 The Adventures of Pureza, Queen of the Riles Pureza
2012 Larong Bata Ms. De Regla
Sisterakas Executive Assistant
2014 Shake, Rattle & Roll XV Julie


Year Organization Nomination Result
2010 ASAP POP Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Fans Club (MELASON) Won
Cosmopolitan Top 10 Fun Fearless Women Won
2009 ASAP POP Viewer's Choice Awards Pop New Face Nominated


  1. ^ a b Melisa Cantiveros at
  2. ^ Melisa Cantiveros' profile at Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up's official website
  3. ^ "Melai confirms pregnancy, will marry Jason". September 8, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Ejay Falcon
Pinoy Big Brother
Big Winner

Succeeded by
James Reid
Preceded by
Beatriz Saw
Pinoy Big Brother Regular Season
Big Winner

Succeeded by
Slater Young