The fast-talking and quick-witted Melai Cantiveros is on a roll right now.
In the morning, the comedienne provides comic relief in Kris Aquino’s Kris TV. In the evening, Melai appears in the soap Apoy sa Dagat and gag show Banana Nites.
Melai told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the press conference of Banana Nites last February 19 that she is elated with the turn in her career after her breakup with Jason Francisco.
“Last year nag-lie low yung career ko dahil nag-break kami ni Jason. Parang umiyak ako nang umiyak,” the actress said.
“Ngayon, sobrang happy [ako] dahil bumalik naman yung career ko and maraming blessings. Sobrang thankful ako kay Papa God!”
Melai and Jason called it quits in February last year after being a couple for almost three years since they entered showbiz via the reality show Pinoy Big Brother in 2009.
“Hindi nga kami, Ma’am! Bahala kayo sa buhay niyo!” Melai retorted light-heartedly on being teased that she and Jason are back together.
“Nanliligaw naman siya uli. Nagpaparamdam siya,” the actress confirmed.
Taking a deep breath, Melai clarified, “Pero… hinay-hinay muna. Parang 'wag munang padalos-dalos.
“Mag-isip muna, isa, dalawa, tatlo kung ano ba talaga ang dapat gawin or…
“Siyempre, di ba, Ma’am… parang na-e-enjoy ko muna yung pagiging single.”
PERKS OF BEING SINGLE. While she was the vocal and expressive one in her previously publicized relationship, Melai now seems to have embraced singlehood.
Freedom is what the comedienne mostly enjoys about it— “Yung kahit saan ka pumunta, tapos wala ka masyadong iniisip kasi iniisip mo, family mo lang.
“Wala kang responsibilidad. Basta sobrang dami kong na-e-enjoy!
“Sobrang dami kong na-realize na puwede ka naman pala talaga maging masaya na mag-isa.”
She spends her spare time with friends: “Nanonood ako ng movie, kasama barkada ko, gumagala, nagpapa-cute, mga ganun ba!”
By “nagpapa-cute” does this mean she is entertaining suitors?
The candid Melai joked, “Oo naman, entertainer ako, e!”
The actress took it back and said, “Nagpapa-cute ako pero hindi naman nag-e-entertain! I mean, yung parang trip-trip lang ng barkadahan, parang ganun.”
GETTING BACK WITH JASON? Does allowing her former boyfriend to court her again mean that she is getting back with him soon?
Melai brushed off the idea with humor: “Kahit sino naman puwedeng manligaw.
“Kahit na yung cameraman saka yung audioman, puwede manligaw!
“Pero sabihin ko lang, mag-chill muna!”
Prodded to answer when she will get back with him, the comedian joked again, “Siguro pag… pag bumaba na yung buwan!”
“Pagdating ng panahon,” she took back later.
SECOND CHANCE. In the past, Jason and Melai broke up due to Jason’s preoccupation with other priorities. Somewhere there, Melai felt neglected.
At the moment, the comedienne is not sure whether her former lover’s courting again means things have changed.
Melai said in the interview, “Hindi ko alam sa kanya kung ako na ba talaga ang top priority niya kasi di pa naming napag-uusapan, e.
“Wala, nagpaparamdam lang siya parati.
“Pero ako, hindi ko pa masyado in-o-open kasi pag in-open, ibig sabihin, malapit na sa pagsasagot.
“So parang gusto ko muna mag-chill.”
Does Jason stand a chance?
Sans humor, Melai firmly stated, “Marami naman pag-asa talaga. Ang pag-asa ay laging nandiyan kung pagtiya-tiyagaan mo naman.”
Should they get back together, the Kapamilya talent said that she will expect much from their relationship.
“Gusto ko yung dahilan ng mga pinag-awayan namin, sana mabago yun lahat.
“Gaya ng konting bagay, pag-aawayan namin.
“Para naman pag kami na ulit, or sa future, alam mong hindi na puwede mag-away ba. Hindi na maghihiwalay.”
As of now, however, Melai is bent on taking it slow: “Gusto ko muna ngayon maghinay-hinay.”
INSPIRED HEART. Asked what change she went through after the breakup, Melai answered, “Ang pagbabago ngayon sa buhay ko ang puso ko dahil ang puso ko ay, kuwan siya, nag-pi-peeling.”
Yes, she actually compared it to skin underdoing a dermatological procedure!
She reiterated, “Yung puso ko nagpi-peeling, nag-e-exfoliate into a nourished [one].”
Melai finally clarified her funny statement, “Hindi naman, ang puso ko kasi, inspired ngayon, parang happy ngayon sa family, sa friends.”
At the moment, the comedienne is genuinely content.