New year, new house.
For new Kapuso actor Jason Francisco, it is one of the many blessings he's grateful for as he welcomes 2018.
Aside from finding a new “family” in GMA-7, the former ABS-CBN talent is proud that he has finally finished building his new house in Calapan, Mindoro.
He says, “Ipinatayo ko sa probinsiya yun.
“Actually, ayoko nga sanang i-post [sa social media], pero may mga followers kami na gustong makita, so yun. Yung blessing.”
According to Jason, he initially invested in the land in February 2010, just after his stint at the Pinoy Big Brother house.
But it was only recently that he found the time to follow through with the house's construction.
With his countryside residence now finally complete, what's the next project of Jason?
He reveals, “Ang next project naming mag-asawa, yung magkaroon ng bahay rito [sa Metro Manila].
"Medyo mahal dito, di ba?”
FAMILY LIFE. But if there's one thing that Jason is extremely grateful for, it's his family.
He and wife Melai Cantiveros are enjoying their roles as parents to their two daughters: three-year-old Mela and eight-month-old Stela.
Despite some much-publicized kinks in their relationship in the past years, the couple have weathered the storms and seem to have matured in their shared vision for themselves and their family.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asks Jason for a quick update on his family life these days.
He proudly says, “Siyempre, sobrang saya namin, nadagdagan ang aming pamilya.
“Kung may pagkakataon na gumawa pa ng isa, kasi lahat naman pinaplano namin.
“Mukha lang kaming mga hindi seryoso, pero sa totoong buhay, seryoso kami.
“Lalo na ‘ko, itong mukhang ‘to, kabaligtaran kapag nasa bahay ako.”
Is Melai the real-life comedian between the two of them?
Jason nods, “Si Melai, walang pinagbago.
“Pero ako talaga, kabaligtaran.”
TIME FOR CHANGE. As far as work is concerned, the two don't seem to have problems with each one working for a rival network.
Is there no conflict despite their conflicting network loyalties?
Jason explains, “Alam mo, oo.
“Kasi, ang inalisan ko naman, ano, e, parang ganun din naman ako rito.
“Gusto ko lang naman ng bago. Seven years naman ako run [ABS-CBN].
“Hindi mo rin naman alam kung kailan ako babalik, so ganun lang yun.
“Kasi, ganun lang naman ang artista, e.”
However, Jason admits that he misses working with his former Kapamilya colleagues, as well as being hands-on at work with his wife in their joint showbiz endeavors.
He said, “Ang tagal na rin naming walang work na magkasama.
“Pero ngayon, siyempre malabo nang magka-work kami.”
FANS' LOYALTY. Through the years, their “Melason” love team has endured as one of showbiz's most-liked couples on social media.
But with Jason's recent network transfer, how do their fans feel about them not working together anytime soon?
Jason says, “Alam mo, diyan ka bibilib sa kanila, sobra.
“Yung Facebook page namin, nasa almost one million [likes] na.
“Kaya sa social media, kahit hindi ako ganun kahilig, nag-a-update ako.
“Ang mga tao ngayon, yung mga fans, hindi na sila yung sunud-sunod.
“Ang mga tao ngayon, puro social media na.
“Kung sino ang gusto nila, dun na lang sila nakakakuha ng updates.”
EXCITED TO WORK WITH NEW "FAMILY." With 2018 off to a good start, Jason looks forward to working with his Kapuso family.
He will be part of GMA-7's primetime series The One That Got Away, which will start airing on January 15.
“Alam mo, hindi ko naman in-expect.
"Pero, masarap pala silang kasama, yung mga taga-GMA. Masaya.”
As a Kapuso newbie, he initially thought he would make major adjustments to “fit in” with his new “family," but everything has been smooth so far.
"...Sobrang feel ko at home na 'ko. At masaya 'ko sa desisyon ko, sobrang masaya kaming mag-asawa.”
In The One That Got Away, Jason plays one of the childhood friends of the main character, played by Dennis Trillo.
How does he find his new role?
He remarks, “Matindi yun!
“Palagi tayong nasa bida, hindi tayo nalalayo run.
“Ako naman, naging trabaho ko naman dun sa kabila, maganda rin, kasi palagi akong nandoon sa main cast.”
Though he has been known more as a comedian, Jason dreams of being recognized as a competent dramatic actor.
He hopes he is given the chance to showcase his drama chops with more challenging materials in the months to come.
“Okey lang, kasi bago pa lang tayo rito.
"Try ko rin. Malay mo may mga opportunity na mag-drama, like sa Wish Ko Lang, Tadhana,” he says.