Melai and Alex’s Friendship
When Alex Gonzaga joined the Kapamilya gag show Banana Nite, she found the perfect friend in the person of Melai Cantiveros. They just clicked right away that Alex opened up to Melai about her private life on their first meeting.
Alex says Melai hasn’t changed a bit since winning Pinoy Big Brother in 2009. After a decade, Melai remains the simple woman who isn’t scared to keep it real and is humble in every way. Alex believes the undying humility is influenced by Melai’s family and husband Jason Francisco, who she says is the only man Melai has eyes for. She praises Melai’s authenticity and ability to make everyone happy. There’s no mean bone in Melai’s body and she could never be heard badmouthing anyone.
Melai was likewise excited over Alex’s entrance to the show. She knew she have found her match. They just never run out of stories and things to talk about. The show’s management would even call them out for their noise.
Sometimes the clingy Alex would convince Melai to leave the set and go out with her instead. There was a time when Alex tailed behind Melai’s car going to the latter’s house. Toni Gonzaga butted in and says Alex loves to drop by their colleagues’ homes uninvited. She was even surprised to learn that Alex went to John Lloyd Cruz’s place.
Melai reveals that Alex is a generous friend and loves to send her gifts. Even if she’s lauded for her seemingly perfect love story with fiancé Mikee Morada, Alex believes that Melai is much wiser in love, amused with how the ‘Big Winner’ ended up with her first love.
To end the interview, Melai shares a hilarious anecdote when she was invited for a guesting with “Alex.” She was excited, thinking she’d be reunited with her friend even just virtually, unaware that the staff was referring to comedian Alex Calleja.