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Melai Francisco on becoming a PBB host: ‘Kailangan careful ka sa sasabihin mo’

‘Pinoy Big Brother: Connect’ host Melai Francisco recalls how she first started as a host in PBB. 

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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12/20/2020 09:35 AM
Melai Francisco on becoming a PBB host: ‘Kailangan careful ka sa sasabihin mo’
Photo Credit: @mrandmrsfrancisco Instagram

Even after getting into hosting in 2016, Melai Cantiveros admitted that it was still a big challenge for her and fellow Pinoy Big Brother alumni and Big Winner Kim Chiu to join the roster of hosts for the reality show.

“Sa Magandang Buhay talagang comfortable na kaming mga momshies dun kasi parang kami kami lang yun eh. Pero dito sa PBB  kasi, kaya nasabi talaga namin ni Kim (Chiu) na yung pahuli na, nung pa-Big Night na, dun na kami gumaling (mag-host). Pero wala na kinabukasan,” she shared.

READ: Meet the 9 hosts of ‘Pinoy Big Brother: Connect’


The 32-year-old host and actress also shared how important it is to avoid mistakes while on camera in PBB. “Dito kasi pag nagkamali ka ng pangalan na babanggitin mo patay ka. Pagka cut niya, patay ka talaga sa mga boss. So kailangan careful ka sa sasabihin mo. Tapos minsan mahahatid mo sa ibang van. Marami kaming mga mali noon (laughs). Pero napagtagumpayan namin. Tinuturuan kami nila ate Toni (Gonzaga). Minsan nagbabasa ako ng lines ko, may dumaan na truck so hindi ko na nabasa. Tinutulungan ako nila ate Toni, nila Alex (Gonzaga). Andiyan sila.  Napagtagumpayan talaga namin yung stage na yun. Ngayon comfortable na kami,” she explained.

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After meeting the newest batch of housemates before they formally entered the PBB house, Melai said it’s still too early to tell who has the makings of the next big winner.

“May mga maganda, may cute, kasi na-interview ko sila dalawa dalawa everyday. Meron naman dun beauty queen siya so iba iba yung look tapos hindi mo pa malalaman in that two-minute interview na ginawa namin, unless mapanuod mo sila off-guard na hindi nila kausap ang artista or something, yung sila sila lang ang nag-uusap, dun mo lang malalaman ang totoong personality ng isang housemate. At saka doon mo makikilala lalo. So based on the interview, hindi mo pa malalaman talaga kung sino ang sino kasi meron silang front pa,” she explained.

After doing home quarantine since March, Melai said she did not have to do a big adjustment of just staying at home with her family.

“Parang nasanay na rin talaga ako kasi si Jason (Francisco) din kasi bilang ama, talagang hindi siya masyadong palalabas so kahit na mga normal din na mga times, kahit wala pang quarantine, nandito lang kami sa bahay kaya kung lalabas man ako bilang mamshie, uwi agad ako kasi hahanapin ako agad ni Jason. Talagang nasanay na rin. May mga clash din naman ang pag-aaway namin mag-asawa pero napapagtagumpayan,” she shared.