April 6, 1988
|Agent||Star Magic (2010–present)|
Melisa "Melai" Cantiveros Francisco[a] (Tagalog pronunciation: [kantɪˈveros]; born April 6, 1988) is a Filipino actress, comedian, and host. She came to prominence in 2009, after winning Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up. In 2015, she won the first season of the Filipino version of Your Face Sounds Familiar. She is currently one of ABS-CBN's contract talents. She currently hosts a morning talk show, Magandang Buhay, alongside Karla Estrada who left in 2022 and Jolina Magdangal.
Melai Cantiveros was born in General Santos, Philippines, to Dionisio and Virginia Cantiveros. She is the third of four siblings and the only daughter. She studied at Mindanao State University–General Santos. In the university, she was an activist and a member of a social democratic party. On the September 8, 2013, episode of The Buzz, she revealed in an interview with Boy Abunda that she is getting married with Jason Francisco on December 9, 2013, and was pregnant with their first child. Their daughter was born in General Santos. On July 26, 2016, however, she and Francisco confirmed their separation from their marriage of almost three years through their daughter's Instagram. They have since reconciled, and at the same time, announced that they are expecting a second child. She has since given birth to a second child.
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 defunct 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.
|2009–2010||Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up||Herself — Housemate||Big Winner|
|2010||Kokey @ Ako||Josa Reyes|
|2010||Melason In Love||Herself|
|2010||Melason: In Da City||Herself|
|2010||Melason: Promdi Heart||Herself|
|2010||Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Impostor||Devina "Devin" Ventura|
|2010||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Pangga||Episode: "Toy Car"|
|2010||Wansapanataym||Inday Vargas||Episode: "Inday Bote"|
|2010–2013; 2015–present||ASAP||Herself — Co-host / Performer|
|2010–2015||Banana Sundae||Herself / Various Characters|
|2010||Showtime||Herself — Judge|
|2010||Matanglawin||Herself — Host||Guest|
|2011||Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Mana Po||Brandi Dela Paz|
|2011||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Young Carol Araos||Episode: "Birth Certificate"|
|2011||100 Days to Heaven||Girlie|
|2011-13||I Dare You||Herself — Host|
|2011||Wansapanataym||Episode: "Wan Tru Lav"|
|2011–16||Kris TV||Herself — Co-host||Recurring|
|2011–12||Happy Yipee Yehey!||Herself — Host|
|2012||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Norma||Episode: "Baunan"|
|2013||Wansapanataym||Pepay||Episode: "Number One Father & Son|
|2013||Be Careful With My Heart||Gemma|
|2013||Apoy Sa Dagat||Paprika Mendoza|
|2014||Ikaw Lamang||Monica Miravelez||Guest|
|2014||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Nonette||Episode: "Jeep"|
|2014||Ipaglaban Mo!||Elena||Episode: "Nang Dahil Sa Utang"|
|2014||Umagang Kay Ganda||Host|
|2012||Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited||Herself — Houseguest|
|2015||Your Face Sounds Familiar||Herself||Grand Winner (season 1)
Co-Host (season 2)
|2015||Wansapanataym||Beverly||Episode: "Noche Buena Gang"|
|2015||Give Love on Christmas||Ruby||Episode: "Exchange Gift"|
|2016||We Will Survive||Ma. Cecilia "Maricel" Rubio|||
|2016–present||Magandang Buhay||Herself – Host|||
|2018–19||Pinoy Big Brother: Otso|
|2020; 2021||Pinoy Big Brother: Connect|
|2021–present||Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity|
|2011||The Adventures of Pureza, Queen of the Riles||Pureza|||
|2012||Larong Bata||Ms. De Regla|
|2014||Shake, Rattle & Roll XV||Julie|
|2015||You're Still The One||Meanne|
|2015||The Prenup||Choosy Cayabyab|
|2018||DOTGA: Da One That Ghost Away||Annabelle||Special participation|
|2018||Mary, Marry Me||Carey|
|2021||Momshies! Ang Soul Mo’y Akin||Mylene|
Awards and nominations
|2009||—||ASAP POP Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop New Face||Nominated|
|2010||Melason||PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best New Female TV Personality||Nominated|
|2010||—||Cosmopolitan||Top 10 Fun Fearless Women||Won|
|2014||I Dare You||PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Reality Show Host||Nominated|
- In this Philippine name for married women, the birth surname or paternal family name is Cantiveros, and the marital name is Francisco.
- "Melai". Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up. ABS-CBN Corporation. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- "Melai Confirms Pregnancy, will Marry Jason". ABS-CBN News. September 8, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- "Melai, Jason Announce Baby Daughter's Name". ABS-CBN News. April 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- "Melason No More: Jason Confirms Split with Melai". ABS-CBN News. July 27, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- Abanilla, Clarizel (April 10, 2017). "LOOK: Melai gives birth to second baby". INQUIRER.net. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
- Cruz, Marinel R. (June 10, 2015). "'Face' win Embarrasses Melai". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
- Red, Isah V. (February 28, 2016). "'We Will Survive' Tonight". Simply Red. Manila Standard. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- Jimenez, Joyce (April 12, 2016). "Melai, Karla, Jolina to Host Replacement Show for 'Kris TV'". The Philippine Star. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- "The Director's Hand in Adventures of Pureza". GMA News. July 30, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- San Diego Jr., Bayani (February 3, 2016). "Tormentor/Mentor with a Cause". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 5, 2016.