The world is always ready to hear success stories peppered with inspiration, humility, and in the case of Melai Cantiveros, loads of humor. Join Melai as she looks back on her journey in this Tatak Star Magic: Celebrity Conversations episode hosted by Lauren Dyogi.
Sporting a quirky pair of mismatched shoes and Janella Salvador-inspired hair color, Melai projected authenticity as she talked about her Pinoy Big Brother days. Nothing much has changed since she was hailed as her batch’s Big Winner. Apart from her physical glow-up, financial blessings, and career growth, Melai remains the same funny girl from General Santos City we all loved for her punchlines and simplicity, only she’s become fiercer in her views.
She mentioned that she joined PBB to pay for their piece of land in GenSan. Well, she got more – career, fans, and the family she’s built with Jason Francisco, whom she fell in love with inside the famous yellow house.
Melai still remembers the ‘culture shock’ factor when she entered showbiz after PBB. At times, she would almost give up. But how could she turn her back on the industry that taught her contentment, empathy, and maturity. “Hindi man ako mabigyan ng mga project pero kontento ako kasi ‘yung trust na binigay mo, Direk, at ng ABS-CBN, sobra-sobra din.”
It’s also where she learned “paninindigan” or fighting for herself and fellow Filipinos, as modelled by her ABS-CBN family. “Alam mo ‘yung inspirasyon na nabibigay mo, so dapat panindigan mo na talaga ‘yun pati sa gawa mo at pananaw mo sa buhay.”
She went on to talk about the impact of Magandang Buhay on her personal life, saying she’s grateful for the opportunity to host the morning show even if she thinks there are better hosts than her. She also mentioned that she was hesitant to join Your Face Sounds Familiar if it weren’t for Direk Lauren’s encouragement.
Asked about her career plans, Melai humbly said she surrenders everything to the Man above. She will gracefully accept His will, whether Magandang Buhay stays, she gets another project, or she goes back to the province. Melai doesn’t worry about the future, instead, she lifts it to the Lord. Whatever happens, “laban lang.”
This strong faith, she emulates from her ABS-CBN family, who remains dedicated despite the hurdles. She thanked ABS-CBN and Direk Lauren, on behalf of the Magandang Buhay team, for still providing them with work despite the management facing their own struggles. It goes two-way, pressed Direk Lauren.
Melai can’t imagine life without ABS-CBN, her home; and the management, her co-workers, and viewers are her family. Through Kapamilyas, she learned that her greatest purpose is to inspire.
Asked what her mark as a Star Magic artist is, she answered, “Tatak totoo!” She explained, “Ang advice ko sa mga gustong pumasok sa Star Magic, pwede kayo pumasok kasi wala sa mukha... Si Direk Lauren hindi siya tumitingin sa mukha, hindi siya tumitingin sa ngipin. Ang tinitingnan niya talaga is puso.” She added that Direk Lauren helped her discover her talents, and instilled in her the importance of authenticity or “pagpapakatotoo” in a good way.
Watch Melai’s Tatak Star Magic: Celebrity Conversations interview by playing the video!