How Melai Cantiveros teaches daughters Mela, Stela humility

by FM Ganal
Jan 29, 2020
Melai Cantiveros strives to teach her daughters Mela and Stela the lesson of humility. Whenever they visit relatives in the province, Melai lets Mela and Stela experience her life before fame.
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal

Melai Cantiveros knows the celebrity life has allowed her and husband Jason Francisco to fully provide for their daughters Mela and Stela.

"Thank you Lord, ngayon talagang nabibigay namin ang mga gusto ng mga anak namin. Hashtag blessed talaga kami," the mother of two tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the launch event of Adobo Connection on January 21, in SM North EDSA.

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But Melai underlines she and Jason have not forgotten the life they used to lead in their respective provinces.

And whenever they visit their families in General Santos or Mindoro, Melai and Jason make sure they still live the same way they did.

The ABS-CBN host-comedienne continues, "Kami naman kasi, sanay kami ni Jason sa hirap at saka kami lang naman iyong well-off.

"Pero kami, doon pa rin kami sa mga pinsan namin. Nung December, nagbakasyon kami sa Gen San, punta kami ng Bohol, hindi kami nagho-hotel-hotel.

"Kumbaga mga anak ko, nakitira kami sa lolo ko, sa ancestral house namin. Iniimmersion ko sila doon.

"Iyong buhay ko noon, iyon iyong pinapa-experience ko sa kanila.

"Kasi iyon nga sinasabi ko, hindi ka na mag-shock sa buhay. Kung ano man darating sa future, always ka immune sa mga darating sa buhay.

"Iyon ang ginagawa namin."

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Thankfully, Melai hears no complaints from daughters Mela and Stela whenever they spend time with relatives in the province.

"Ang saya ng mga bata. Nakikita ko nga na mas masaya sila sa pinsan nila kaysa sa material things.

"Kaya doon ako naha-happy. Thank you, Lord. Parang I'm on the right track on my role bilang mama."

But Melai consciously makes sure that Mela and Stela stay grounded even in the city.

The Kapamilya talent says, "Every day talaga kasi puwedeng every day magbabago. Every day ko gagawin ang lahat para ganoon pa rin mentality nila. Mga mindset ng mga bata."

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Melai Cantiveros strives to teach her daughters Mela and Stela the lesson of humility. Whenever they visit relatives in the province, Melai lets Mela and Stela experience her life before fame.
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal
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