Melai Cantiveros reveals ultimate dream for daughters

by FM Ganal
Jan 28, 2020
Melai Cantiveros finds a budding YouTube star in her six-year-old daughter Mela. The child star is currently part of the kiddie web series Pop Babies.
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal / @mrandmrsfrancisco on Instagram

Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco are no longer the only celebrities in their family.

Their six-year-old daughter Mela is a budding YouTube star on the kiddie web series Pop Babies.

"Super ako na-overwhelm kasi tumaas din followers nila sa YouTube. At kapag nakikita sila sa daan, 'Pa-picture kami kay Ate Mela!' Sabi ko, 'May nagpapa-picture na sa kanya!'," Melai tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the launch event of Adobo Connection on January 21, in SM North EDSA.

Pop Babies is a kiddie show produced by ABS-CBN. Broadcasted on the kids channel YeY! and released on YouTube, the sing-and-dance program features Melai's daughter Mela, Jolina Magdangal's son Pele, and Karla Estrada's nephew Jordan.

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Melai sees the stint as a golden opportunity.

"Siyempre, naturuan ko siya na i-enjoy lang mga ganyan. Very happy kami na na-expose na siya sa mga ganito. Iyong iba, nag-o-audition pa. Thank you, lord!"

Mela enjoys being an on-cam talent so much that she aspires to become a vlogger someday.

"Gusto niya talaga pag-va-vlog. Mag-o-open nga si Jason ng sarili niyang vlog, e. Gagawa na siya kasi, kapag sa bahay din, parang cellphone ko, cellphone niya, kinakausap niya. English-English.

"Kasi nga, sa kakanood niya ng YouTube, nag-e-English. Kami naman, pinapanood namin sila ng YouTube in moderation. May time lang.

"At iyong pinagpapanood nila sa YouTube, hindi sa cellphone. Sa TV kasi, di ba, may mga Smart TV? Para wide screen, nakikita ko kaagad kung ano pinapanood. Namo-monitor ko na agad.

"Sinusuportahan din namin siya. Pero siyempre ngayon, nag-aaral siya, e… doon ka pa rin sa school niya."

Melai and Jason have a second daughter named Stela.

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DREAM FOR DAUGHTERS

The Kapamilya host pushes for fulfilling her daughters' wishes a hundred percent, even if it means putting aside her own dreams.

"Kapag may anak ka na kasi, parang, wala na kasi ako doon sa mga pangarap ko, e. Kumbaga, 'Thank you, lord, ang mga pangarap ko na lang para sa mga anak ko,'" the former Pinoy Big Brother big winner says.

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"Kaya kung ano ang ibigay na mga kuwan ni God, I will grab it. Doon na lang ako. Kasi hindi na ako 'for me, for me,' doon na ako sa mga anak ko para sila naman.

"Sobrang kontento ako sa mga meron ako ngayon."

What are her personal dreams for Mela and Stela?

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The Kapamilya star muses, "Siyempre, lumaki sila na mabubuting bata at mababait na bata. Iyon lang naman kasi.

"Kapag mabuti ka at mabait na bata, sunud-sunod na mga blessing na darating. Kung may wish ka ba, sunud-sunod na iyon.

"Basta, ako lang, para alam nila kung paano harapin ang mga obstacles, mga struggles, mga problem. Maging mabuti sila, maging mabait sila."

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Melai Cantiveros finds a budding YouTube star in her six-year-old daughter Mela. The child star is currently part of the kiddie web series Pop Babies.
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal / @mrandmrsfrancisco on Instagram
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