Melai Cantiveros considers Toni Gonzaga her big sister

Melai Cantiveros reveals she is learning so much about acting and comedy from her 'Kokey @ Ako' co-star Toni Gonzaga.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

9/14/2010 9:35 AM
Melai Cantiveros considers Toni Gonzaga her big sister


Melai Cantiveros feels very blessed to be starring in another teleserye, Kokey @ Ako, which is set to debut on primetime this September 20. Though it took time for the show to be aired, Melai said the wait is very much worth it because the production team made sure that they came up with a good program. "Matagal na talaga naming lahat gusto maipalabas itong Kokey kaya lang naghintay pa kami ng available na time slot. Ngayon heto na at ipapalabas na siya. Sobra excited kami lahat kasi sa wakas mapapanood niyo na. Pinaghirapan naming lahat ito, sina Direk Wenn (Deramas), Vhong (Navarro), Toni (Gonzaga), at si Sweetypie (Jason Francisco)'hellip;char!"

Melai couldn'rsquo;t find words to describe how fun it is to be on the set of Kokey @ Ako. She said there were lots of instances when despite the long hours of taping, they would still go on laughing. "Ang saya saya namin sa set kaya excited kaming mapanood ninyo at sana matuwa talaga kayo. Over over, walang kapantay ang enjoy namin. Puro na lang kami tawanan. Natakot nga kami kasi baka magalit na si Direk Wenn sa sobrang tawanan namin. Gusto ko ngang mapanood din. Wag na lang akong umarte, manood na lang ako'hellip;char char!"

In Kokey @ Ako, this Pinoy Big Brother Double Up Big Winner gets to chance to co-star with Toni, the host of PBB. Melai shared that after days of taping, she has grown comfortable with the TV host-actress. "Magaan na talaga ang loob ko kay Ate Toni. Hindi ko ma-explain pero parang matagal na kaming magkakilala. Para na kaming magkapatid sa set."

When she was still a housemate in the PBB house, Melai would only see Toni talking on the monitor every nomination and eviction night. Now that they are working together, Melai got the chance to get to know Toni better. "Sobrang masayahin si Ate Toni. Palabiro siya talaga. Kahit madaling araw na nagtatawanan pa rin kami. Dati nung nasa PBB pa ako nakikita ko lang si Toni sa TV kapag nomination at eviction namin. Nakalimutan ko na nga ang naramdaman ko nung nakikita ko siya. Siguro kinabahan din ako. Pero ngayon wala na talaga kasi over over magaan na ang loob ko sa kanya."

From being an ordinary lass in General Santos City, Melai reached celebrity status after winning PBB Double Up, and she is now doing acting projects left and right. On the set of Kokey @ Ako, Melai would often get tips about acting, particularly in comedy, from Toni whom she considers as her idol. "Lagi niyang sinasabi sa akin na basahin ko 'lsquo;yung script pero 'lsquo;wag over over. Dapat magpadala ako sa usapan kapag eksena. Idol ko talaga 'lsquo;yan si Ate Toni kasi binabasa lang niya ang script ng mga one minute lang, e ako five minutes pa. Kaya kapag siya ang ka eksena ko nagagaya ko talaga siya. Minsan tuloy one minute na rin ako kung magbasa ng script, char!"