The Honesto actress says she and Jason planned to have a baby after reconciling earlier this year.
As part of the new Primetime Bida series “Honesto
,” Melai Cantiveros made her first public appearance after news of her pregnancy broke last month. In the series, Melai is paired with real-life fiancé Jason Francisco, who she recently signed a pre-nuptial agreement with her in preparation for their nuptials at the end of this year. “Yung kasal mga
first week ng
Kris Aquino ninang kasi
part naman talaga ng aming pagbabalikan yung
.” Sa mga abay kinuha namin yung mga
sure talaga na pupunta, yung iba taga
-Gen San (General Santos) eh
so kung kukunin mo yung mga artista din baka hindi rin naman makakapunta.
Invited naman sila pero yung mga pinsan na lang yung aming mga kinuha kasi kung kukuha ka nung hindi rin naman makakalakad dun. Pero lahat ng aming mga kaibigan sa
showbiz invited. Hindi pa lang
ready yung mga
invitations,” she admits during the “Honesto
” presscon held today at the ABS-CBN compound.
During the event, Melai admitted she is currently four months pregnant and adjusting to the situation, which is why she was not as visible on TV. “Nung first three months talagang nahihirapan ako, yung paglilihi, talagang magsusuka ka pero normal pala yun. Kapag four months ka parang yun yung when you’ll feel your best so parang okay na yung pakiramdam ko, hindi na naman ako nagsusuka na. Okay na yung aking katawan, parang ready to work. Pero si Jason lagi siyang andiyan talaga para sa akin. Hindi na siya gumagala. Sinasabi ko na kailangan ko talaga siya at saka kahit na inaaway ko siya, lagi siyang nandiyan (laughs),” she shares.
Although news of her pregnancy came as a surprise to most of her friends, Melai says she and Jason had already planned to start a family after their reconciliation, which they chose not to announce to the public as well. “Oo naman, nasa calendar na, hindi lang naming sinasabi. Alangan naman sabihin naming sa TV na may plano na kami (laughs). Plinano namin kasi we love each other so much,” she reveals. After breaking up for almost a year, the 26-year-old actress says she has noticed positive changes in her soon-to-be husband. “Nung pagbabalikan namin, over-over naman talaga yung kanyang pagiging mature,” she adds.
Melai also took the chance to defend Jason against their friends in showbiz who expressed doubt that he might not be able to support her financially once they get married. “Siyempre normal reaction yan ng kaibigan, pero siyempre parang nasaktan ka din kasi inu-underestimate nila. Kumbaga hindi mo rin sila ma-blame. Nung nagkabalikan kami hindi ko rin naman kinuwento sa kanila in full kung ano yung mga gusto naming kasi ayoko na rin naman na may mga komentong ganun ayoko na rin kasi siya yung makakasama ko habang buhay. Yung mga mangingisda nga nakakakain tatlong beses sa isang araw. Hindi naman dapat ika-ka-worry yan kasi lagi namang siyang nandiyan. Kung hindi kami bigyan ng work , maghahanap kami ng ibang puwedeng pagtrabahuan,” she explains.
In “Honesto,” Melai admits she is happy to play the role of wife to Jason onscreen as well. “Ang role namin dito mag-asawa, kami si Mr. and Mrs. Batumbakal. Siya pulis siya tapos ako nagtratrabaho sa munisipyo tapos umiikot yung buhay namin kay Honesto.” Melai says she is also excited to be part of a Kapamilya show, which stars veteran actors Eddie Garcia, Angel Aquino, Paulo Avelino, Janice De Belen, Maricar Reyes, Melissa Ricks and Joseph Marco. “Siyempre sobrang excited ako. Kasi Primetime ito, pang-mayaman (laughs). Sobrang thankful kami kay (Business Unit Head) sir Deo Edrinal na naging part kami ng Honesto. Na-starstruck nga ako kay Mr. Eddie Garcia eh.”
Catch Melason on “Honesto” as it premieres this Monday, October 28 after “TV Patrol” on Primetime Bida.