Pinoy Big Brother Double Up ex-housemates Melissa Cantiveros and Jason Francisco are set to star in various TV shows in their home network ABS-CBN.
Melai, as Melissa is often called, was joined by Paul Jake Castillo, Johan Santos and Tibo Jumalon in facing the media during the February 27 press conference for the Big Five at the Baguio Country Club.
She told members of the press that her boyfriend Jason would be unable to join the Kapamilya Karavan show since he was supposed to be taping for Kokey@Ako last Saturday. Melai also mentioned that they will be part of the Sam Milby-Maja Salvador starrer Precious Hearts Romances Presents Impostor.
Meanwhile, Paul Jake and Johan will soon be seen in an upcoming installment of Your Song that is scheduled to air its pilot episode on March 14. They will be joined by fellow PBBDU ex-housemates Tom Rodriguez, Hermes Bautista, Rica Paras, Sam Pinto, Cathy Remperas and Riza Patria.
During the presscon, Melai was asked if their loveteam is for real or just for reel.
"Actually, for real po talaga," she replied. "Ayaw nga naming tawaging loveteam kasi pag loveteam, parang showbiz na showbiz. Kaya nga minsan hindi kami nagpapansinan ni Sweetie Pie [her term of endearment for Jason]. Actually, nagmamahalan naman po talaga kami. Kung sino man ang nag-iisip na it's just for showbiz, mag-isip naman po kayo. Kami na lang po bahala sa aming pagmamahalan."
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) also asked Melai how she is dealing with all the fame and attention.
"Noong hindi pa po ako pumasok sa Bahay ni Big Brother, meron na po akong five percent fame," she quipped. "Pero ngayon, ang mga nag-idol sa akin, may mga mayayaman... Over, over ang shock ko!"
How does she react to those who say that her actions are irritating because she is overacting or OA?
"Actually, hindi ko po alam na OA na pala ako. Pasensiya na kayo."
As the Big Winner of PBBDU, what does Melai plan to do with her cash prize?
"Itatago ko po sa bangko. Itatago ko lang siya, magtataguan po kami!" she joked.
Melai also opened up about her family background. "Only girl po ako sa family. Apat kaming magkakapatid. Ako ang nagbibigay ng strength and courage sa family namin. Ang family ko mahilig tumawa pero minsan, may pagka-harass kaming pamilya. Akala ng iba, nagbubugbugan po kami pero masaya na kami sa ganun."
After the presscon, security personnel escorted the ex-housemates as they rushed out of the Baguio Country Club function hall to prepare for their show at SM Baguio The Drive.
SURPRISE APPEARANCE BY JASON. After the presscon, very few people were left inside the venue, so everyone was surprised to see Jason Francisco walk in while a cameraman documented his arrival.
Jason revealed that when he was given the choice between staying in Manila to shoot for Kokey@Ako and going to Baguio to see Melai, he opted to surprise his girlfriend by traveling several hours to join her in the summer capital of the Philippines.
"Hindi ako natuloy [sa taping]... Dalawang araw na po kaming hindi nagkikita ni Isay [Melai's other nickname]. Nagkita kami sa concert ni Ms. Toni [Gonzaga] pero sandali lang po 'yon. Pinapili ako kung magte-taping muna ako o sundan ko si Isay. Sabi ko, sundan ko na lang si Isay para makausap ko siya at para makasama ko siya para mag-enjoy kami dito sa Baguio," Jason related.
Since Maja Salvador is Jason's crush, how will he prevent Melai from becoming jealous of their co-star in Impostor?
"Sina Maja at Sam Milby, kasama po namin sa workshop. Napakabait naman po ni Maja at dun po sila nag-usap ni Isay. Maiintindihan naman yun ni Isay kasi nakilala na niya sa workshop," he said.
When asked to describe the role that he will be doing in Impostor, Jason said, "Ako ay kababata ni Isay at may gusto ako sa kanya pero nahihiya akong ipagtapat ang pakiramdam ko sa kanya. Mangingisda ako."
How would he describe his relationship with Isay now?
"Sa ngayon po, chox na chox [okay na okay] kami ni Isay. Medyo may tampuhan lang, pero lagi naming pinag-uusapan 'yon."
Jason also revealed his apprehensions about portraying a couple both in real life and in front of the cameras.
"Madalas nga namin pag-usapan ni Isay. Girlfriend ko po siya... Parang napakahirap na umarteng mahal ko siya kasi kelangang gawin ko yun kasi nasa eksena. Kumbaga, ipapakita ko na kinikilig ako sa kanya... Parang hindi ko na alam kung paano pang gagawin sa totoong buhay kasi baka maubusan na ako o akala niya hindi pa totoo yung sinasabi ko sa kanya kasi nagawa na namin sa eksena."
Are they open to being paired with other loveteam partners in the future?
"Opo. Sinabi ko yun talaga sa kanya na ang mga artista dapat maging professional. Suportahan ko siya at siya rin suportahan niya ako."
KAPAMILYA KARAVAN SHOW. During the Kapamilya Karavan show at SM Baguio later that night, Melai was telling the crowd that Jason would be unable to join them. But then Jason's voice was heard calling out to Melai and she was surprised to see her boyfriend rushing onstage to reunite with her.
When he went up the stage, Jason told the crowd why he decided to follow Melai in Baguio.
"Dalawang araw na po kaming hindi nagkikita ni Isay. 'Saka baka may ginagawa na siyang kababalaghan dito," he joked. He then took the opportunity to hug and tell his girlfriend: "Isay, miss kita!"
In turn, Melai quipped, "Akala ko naglalaro tayo ng taguan."
The two of them performed "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," much to the delight of their fans.
Later that night, PEP also spotted Melai and Jason having a romantic dinner at the Forest House in Baguio City.