Melisa "Melai" Cantiveros (born April 6, 1988 in General Santos City, Philippines) is a Filipina actress, comedian, 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.

Personal life

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.[4] 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.[5] Their daughter was born in General Santos.[6] On July 26, 2016, however, she and Jason confirmed their separation from their marriage of almost three years through their daughter's Instagram. [7]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.


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.



2009–2010Pinoy Big Brother: Double UpHerself — HousemateBig Winner
2010Kokey @ AkoJosa Reyes
2010Melason In LoveHerself
2010Melason: In Da CityHerself
2010Melason: Promdi HeartHerself
2010Precious Hearts Romances Presents: ImpostorDevina "Devin" Ventura
2010Maalaala Mo KayaPanggaEpisode: "Toy Car"
2010WansapanataymInday VargasEpisode: "Inday Bote"
2010–2013; 2015–presentASAPHerself — Co-host / Performer
2010–2015Banana SundaeHerself / Various Characters
2010ShowtimeHerself — Judge
2010MatanglawinHerself — HostGuest
2011Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Mana PoBrandi Dela Paz
2011Maalaala Mo KayaYoung Carol AraosEpisode: "Birth Certificate"
2011100 Days to HeavenGirlie
2011-13I Dare YouHerself — Host
2011WansapanataymEpisode: "Wan Tru Lav"
2011–16Kris TVHerself — Co-hostRecurring
2011–12Happy Yipee Yehey!Herself — Host
2012WansapanataymBituinEpisode: "Dollhouse"
2012Maalaala Mo KayaNormaEpisode: "Baunan"
2013WansapanataymPepayEpisode: "Number One Father & Son
2013Be Careful With My HeartGemma
2013Apoy Sa DagatPaprika Mendoza
2013–14HonestoCleopatra Batungbakal
2014Ikaw LamangMonica del Carmen
2014Maalaala Mo KayaNonetteEpisode: "Jeep"
2014Ipaglaban Mo: Nang Dahil Sa UtangElena
2014WansapanataymDoryEpisode: "Perfecto"
2014Two WivesCarla
2014Umagang Kay GandaHost
2012Pinoy Big Brother: UnlimitedHerself — Houseguest
2015Your Face Sounds Familiar 1Herself — ContestantGrand Winner (season 1)[8]
2015Your Face Sounds Familiar 2Herself — Co-Host
2015WansapanataymBeverlyEpisode: "Noche Buena Gang"
2015Give Love On Christmas: Exchange GiftRuby
2016We Will SurviveMa. Cecilia "Maricel" Rubio[9]
2016–presentMagandang BuhayHerself — Host[10]


2010I DoMarian
2011The Adventures of Pureza, Queen of the RilesPureza[11]
2012Larong BataMs. De Regla
2014Past TenseKelly
2014Shake, Rattle & Roll XVJulieSegment: "Ahas"
2015You're Still The One
2015The Prenup

Awards and nominations

2009N/AASAP POP Viewer's Choice AwardsPop New FaceNominated
2010MelasonPMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest New Female TV PersonalityNominated
2010N/ACosmopolitanTop 10 Fun Fearless WomenWon
2014I Dare YouPMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest Reality Show HostNominated