If you are surprised at this transformation, do not worry. Even she can’t believe. “’Di parin ako makaget over iba tlga ang nagagawa ng marami ng nakakakain,” reads the caption of her then-and-now Instagram post.
Melai Cantiveros has come a long way since being a housemate of Pinoy Big Brother back in 2009. At the time, she was dubbed as “Inday Kengkay of GenSan”. Her love team with now husband Jason Francisco, better known as MelaSon, also began inside Kuya’s house. And while many supported their tandem, it was always Melai’s funny attitude that won over the love of Kapamilyas everywhere.
She was funny, friendly and simple. More importantly, she has not changed one bit after all her success. Melai quickly began her career as an actress and has even made appearances on movies. Most recently, you can catch her as part of the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Mary, Marry Me” alongside Toni Gonzaga, Alex Gonzaga and Sam Milby.
As for the small screens, we all know her as one of our three favorite momshies. Hosting Magandang Buhay with Karla Estrada and Jolina Magdangal has helped many of fans get to know her through the years. Every episode gives viewers another insight into her life as a wife and mother.
Melai may look different, but she has remained “kengkay” at heart to this day! She still speaks in her heavy accent and has never pretended to be someone she is not. When she posted her then-and-now photo, many of her followers commented that she has always been beautiful and we could not agree more.
And as if her career has finally come full circle, she is one of Pinoy Big Brother: Otso’s hosts this year. But there is more to come! Check out this gallery to witness her growth through the years.