Without mincing their words, soon-to-wed couple Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco confessed that they indeed felt bad that some of their co-stars on the comedy show Banana Split are seemingly "underestimating" the latter's capacity to provide for their soon-to-start family.
Despite this, in an interview with Buzz ng Bayan on Sunday, the couple has denied initial reports that their co-stars Pooh, Angelica Panganiban, Zanjoe Marudo, and Jason Gainza, among other are uninvited to their upcoming wedding in General Santos City on December 9.
"Ang totoo niyan invited talaga sila. Kaya lang hindi pa na-release ang invitation. At tsaka kasi nauna si Kuya Zanjoe [Marudo] kasi inunang i-deliver 'yung sa Star Magic so doon nasabay si Kuya Zanjoe," Melai clarified.
As the more outspoken one between the two of them, it was Melai who first opened up that she got upset over the public commentary of her Banana Split co-stars Angelica and Pooh during their recent guesting on Kris TV where they expressed their worry about what would happen to the career and the life of the former Pinoy Big Brother winner after she ties the knot with Jason.
"Actually ako Tito Boy [Abunda] meron akong pagka-konting tampo sakanila. Kasi 'yung parang ganon nga, nagtatampo ako na parang ina-underestimate nila si Jason sa ganito na ano daw ang ipapakain sakin," she explained.
The she continued, "Kasi ako Tito Boy wala naman akong problema, alam naman nila na sa akin ay what you is what you get. Ayoko rin naman kasi na kung sasabihin niyong ganon. Sa personal nalang sana kasi nasaktan kasi 'yung pamilya ni Jason so sobra talaga akong na-hurt."
According to Melai, Angelica had reached out to her by sending her a text message after they aired their thoughts on the morning talk show.
"Sabi ko naman sakanya hindi ko naman minasama dahil unang-una palang [sinabi ko na] sa text natin na 'wag niyong ganyanin si Jason kasi masasaktan ako, eh ginawa parin nila," said the Honesto actress.
Before their conversation ended, Melai said she asked for their understanding especially since she is in the sensitive stage of her pregnancy.
"Sabi ko naman i-understand niyo ako kasi buntis ako... And sensitive ako ngayon. Na sana naintindihan niyo ako kung bakit ako ganon kasi kung ma-gets niyo ang rason ko peaceful na tayo," said she.
Jason, for his part, also expressed disappointment over the fact that he's being perceived to be incapable of starting a family purportedly because of the unstable amount of projects coming his way in showbiz of late.
"Hindi rin naman po nila ako kilala talaga dahil hindi naman kami close.'Di nga po kami naging close nung time na nandoon pa po ako [sa Banana Split] sila lang 'yung mga nagsalita sakin na hindi nila ako ka-close kasi 'yung iba naman na ka-close ko alam nila kung sino talaga ako," said Melai's fiance.
According to Jason he finds it difficult to understand why such kind of skeptic comments are being spouted by Melai's friends when "'Yung pamilya nga niya never ngang sinabi sakin na kung ano ba ang ibubuhay ko sakanya tapos sakanila pa magmula eh bakit naman?"
"Sabi ko eh, 'yung mga tao ngang nandiyan na putol ang kamay, putol ang paa eh nakakapagtrabaho pa eh ako buong-buo pa ang katawan ko sabi ko bakit? Kahit takbuhan, kahit ano magagawa ko para sakanila," he also underscored.
Meanwhile, as they confronted this issue, the couple was once again asked to address a past matter that seemingly intertwines with their current controversy with Pooh and Angelica. That of course was Jason's past tiff with John Prats after he punched the actor-dancer in the face allegedly for bullying Melai on their show.
To this, Jason was the one who spoke up: "Ako naman naghihintay lang ako kasi hindi ko na alam minsan kung ano ang gagawin ko kasi nag-reach out nako eh. Hindi ko na alam kung hanggang saan pa ako magre-reach out kasi parang binigay ko naman kung paano ko mai-e-explain sakanya."
Jason presupposes that this unresolved rift could be the reason why Angelica was "aloof" next to him.
"Siguro dahil doon rin kaya nagkatampo si Ate Angel sakin kasi si Ate Angel kasi is best friend niya si Kuya John kaya Siya naging aloof sakin kasi nga nasaktan ko ang kanyang best friend. Sabi ko ako naman ako nag-sorry nako, eh hindi ko nga alam kung hanggang saan pa ang sorry ko dahil hindi lang naman siguro ako ang magso-sorry dapat," presumed Jason.
In the end, with or without the acceptance of his apology, Jason has picked up a couple of lessons from that spat. Among them were, "Lahat nga siguro napapagusapan, kahit ano pa siguro ang hinanakit mo at kahit ano pang sakit 'wag mo nalang siguro magsuntukan kasi ang nangyayari nga nagkakatagalan at nagkakainitan. Eh siguro pasensya talaga. "
"Siguro kung tayo man ay may pasensya habaan pa natin tsaka tayo ay magpaka-humble nalang kasi minsan eh nare-realize nalang 'yan sooner and later," he added.