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Melai Cantiveros
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Melisa Cantiveros

(1988-04-06) April 6, 1988 (age 34)
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • host
Years active2009–present
AgentStar Magic (2010–present)
(m. 2013)

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] Their daughter was born in General Santos.[3] On July 26, 2016, however, she and Francisco confirmed their separation from their marriage of almost three years through their daughter's Instagram.[4] 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.[5]


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.

In February 2015, Cantiveros is the one of the contestants and the winner of Your Face Sounds Familiar.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes Source
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 Wansapanataym Bituin Episode: "Dollhouse"
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
2013–14 Honesto Cleopatra Batungbakal
2014 Ikaw Lamang Monica Miravelez Guest
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Nonette Episode: "Jeep"
2014 Ipaglaban Mo! Elena Episode: "Nang Dahil Sa Utang"
2014 Wansapanataym Dory Episode: "Perfecto"
2014 Two Wives Carla
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 [7]
2016–present Magandang Buhay Herself – Host [8]
2018–19 Pinoy Big Brother: Otso
2020; 2021 Pinoy Big Brother: Connect
2021–present Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity


Year Title Role Notes Source
2010 I Do Marian
2011 The Adventures of Pureza, Queen of the Riles Pureza [9]
2012 Larong Bata Ms. De Regla
2012 Sisterakas Janet
2014 Past Tense Kelly
2014 Shake, Rattle & Roll XV Julie
2015 You're Still The One Meanne
2015 Sekyu [10]
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[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result Source
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


  1. ^ In this Philippine name for married women, the birth surname or paternal family name is Cantiveros, and the marital name is Francisco.


  1. ^ a b "Melai". Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up. ABS-CBN Corporation. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "Melai Confirms Pregnancy, will Marry Jason". ABS-CBN News. September 8, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Melai, Jason Announce Baby Daughter's Name". ABS-CBN News. April 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Melason No More: Jason Confirms Split with Melai". ABS-CBN News. July 27, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Abanilla, Clarizel (April 10, 2017). "LOOK: Melai gives birth to second baby". Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  6. ^ Cruz, Marinel R. (June 10, 2015). "'Face' win Embarrasses Melai". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Red, Isah V. (February 28, 2016). "'We Will Survive' Tonight". Simply Red. Manila Standard. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  8. ^ Jimenez, Joyce (April 12, 2016). "Melai, Karla, Jolina to Host Replacement Show for 'Kris TV'". The Philippine Star. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Director's Hand in Adventures of Pureza". GMA News. July 30, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  10. ^ San Diego Jr., Bayani (February 3, 2016). "Tormentor/Mentor with a Cause". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 5, 2016.

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