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April 6, 1988
General Santos City, Philippines
|Other names||Melai, Isay|
|Agent||Star Magic (2010–present)|
|Spouse(s)||Jason Francisco (m. 2013–2016; separated)|
Melisa Cantiveros (born April 6, 1988 in General Santos City, Philippines) is a Filipina actress, 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, South Cotabato, 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. On the September 8, 2013 episode of The Buzz, she revealed in an interview with Boy Abunda that she married Jason Francisco on December 9, 2013 and was pregnant with their first child. Their daughter, Amelia Lucille, was born on April 3, 2014 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.
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.
|Year||Title||Role||Associated Film Studio/s|
|2010||I Do||Marian||Star Cinema|
|2011||The Adventures of Pureza, Queen of the Riles||Pureza||Sine Screen|
|2012||Larong Bata||Ms. De Regla|
|Sisterakas||Janet||Star Cinema and Viva Films|
|2014||Shake, Rattle & Roll XV||Julie (Episode 1 "Ahas")||Regal Entertainment and Regal Multimedia, Inc.|
|2015||You're Still The One||Star Cinema and Regal Entertainment|
|The Prenup||Regal Entertainment and Regal Multimedia, Inc.|
|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|
- Melisa Cantiveros. Melason.com
- Melisa Cantiveros' profile at Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up's official website
- "Melai confirms pregnancy, will marry Jason". abs-cbn.com. September 8, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
- "Melai, Jason announce baby daughter's name". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. April 5, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
- "Melason no more: Jason confirms split with Melai". ABS-CBN Corporation. July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
|Pinoy Big Brother
|Pinoy Big Brother Regular Season