Jason Francisco, 30, opened up for the first time about how he and wife Melai Cantiveros, 29, saved their marriage following their brief split in mid-2016.
Looking back, Jason said that it only made him and Melai realize that their family is their number one priority, no matter how many bumps in the road they may encounter.
The new Kapuso actor elaborated, “Pag may mga bata kasi, palagi mo lang iisipin, kapag may mga trouble sa relationship, mas madali mo dapat ayusin ang problema, kasi sila yung mas maaapektuhan.
“So, kailangan hindi ka maging selfish, e, sa mga nangyayari, ‘E, ikaw ganyan, ako ganyan...’
“Pero pag nakita mo na yung mga bata, wala na.”
Jason and Melai are parents to two daughters—three-year-old Mela and eight-month-old Stela.
The couple first met and fell in love when they were housemates in ABS-CBN’s reality show, Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up, which aired for four months, from October 4, 2009 to February 13, 2010.
Jason noted, “Lalo kami, hindi naman fake yung relationship namin.
“Kasal na kami sa totoong buhay, ha? Baka akala pa nila reality show pa.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had an exclusive interview with Jason after the presscon of GMA Network’s newest primetime series The One That Got Away (TOTGA), held at NIX.05 restobar in Quezon City last January 4.
GOING STRONG. Jason went on to say that he and Melai are now “going strong.”
They just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary last December 9, 2017.
Beaming, Jason said, “Four years na kasal, at boyfriend-girfriend since pagkatapos ng PBB.”
A self-confessed family man, Jason admitted that he is quite strict in handling family matters.
“Gusto ko palaging iniisip namin yung future.
“Ako kasi, ganun lagi. Hindi ako para lang bukas.
“Iniisip ko yung pangmatagalan lagi, na maging maayos yung pamilya namin.
“Siyempre, may mga bata.”
Jason also made it clear that he wants to keep shared details about his family life to a bare minimum in order to avoid unnecessary intrigues.
“Alam mo naman, maraming mga nega. May sinasabi ka na maganda, ‘E, ano ‘yan?’
“Mas maganda sa ganitong sitwasyon, minsan nga, na di ka nagsasalita,” he remarked with a laugh.
Then, he added, “Kaya lang para sa sa show, minsan kailangan.”
"MISUNDERSTOOD" JASON. Citing his bashers on social media, Jason pointed out that he easily gets misunderstood and criticized for certain issues without them knowing the real deal first.
“Parati ‘yan. Mahirap kasi ‘yang pangalan ko kasi sa PBB, ‘Boy Astig ng Mindoro.’
“So, anong isipin ng tao diyan? Akala nila palaaway o maangas. Pero di ako lumaki sa ganyan.”
Off cam, what is he really like?
Jason merely remarked, “Ay, naku! Kabaliktaran.”
While he understands that a celebrity’s life is practically like an open book, the former Pinoy Big Brother housemate reiterated that he prefers to be low-key whenever possible.
As for his bashers, Jason said, “Ang ano ko lang diyan sa bashers—para na rin sa ibang tao o artista na nakakaranas ng bashers—I’m sure yung mga basher mo makikita ka niyan sa personal, e.
“Pag nakita ka niyan, mapapahiya ‘yan.
“Kasi, alam mo yun, makikita naman nila sa hitsura mo lang, makikita naman nila sa actions mo, kung talagang ganun ka na naiisip nila.”
ALL FOR FAMILY. People may cast wrong judgment about him, but Jason was firm in saying that what matters more is how he keeps his family strong and intact.
“'Yan ang gusto kong mangyari. Kahit ganun ang tingin nila sa akin?
“Pero, sorry, paninindigan ko ang pamilya ko.
“Hindi ako magiging ano, kung anong nasa isip niyo, hindi.”
He added, “Baka mamaya, ten years na, andito pa ako sa showbiz.
“Kung hindi ka rin marunong makisama, bakit ka nandito?
“Ano na lang ‘yan, kung wala ka namang kuwentang tao, hindi ka naman tatagal.”