April 6, 1988
General Santos City, Philippines
|Agent||Star Magic (2010–present)|
|Height||5 ft 2 in (157 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Jason Francisco (m. 2013- to present)|
Melisa "Melai" Cantiveros (born April 6, 1988 in General Santos City, Philippines) is a Filipina actress, comedian, host and the fifth female Big Winner of the reality show, Pinoy Big Brother, having won Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up in 2009. 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 and Jolina Magdangal.
Cantiveros was born in General Santos City, 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 Jason 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 del Carmen|
|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–present||Star Hunt: The Grand Audition Show||Herself — Host|
|2011||The Adventures of Pureza, Queen of the Riles||Pureza|||
|2012||Larong Bata||Ms. De Regla|
|2014||Shake, Rattle & Roll XV||Julie||Segment: "Ahas"|
|2015||You're Still The One|
|2018||DOTGA: Da One That Ghost Away||Annabelle||Special participation|
Awards and nominations
|2009||N/A||ASAP POP Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop New Face||Nominated|
|2010||Melason||PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best New Female TV Personality||Nominated|
|2010||N/A||Cosmopolitan||Top 10 Fun Fearless Women||Won|
|2014||I Dare You||PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Reality Show Host||Nominated|
- "Melai". Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up. ABS-CBN. 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.
- 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". GMANetwork.com. GMA News Online. 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.
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