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Melisa Cantiveros is the Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up.

Known as the goofiest housemate to ever live inside the Big Brother house, Melisa or Melai as what the housemates call her is memorable for her comical personality, her goofy gestures, sense of humor, her undeniably bubbly and positive personality, and laughter inside, no matter which house she's staying. She immediately became a fan favorite. She also popularized the expressions Char and Over which she constantly used inside the house.

Melisa entered the house on Day 1, initially entering in House B. But on Day 2, Big Brother revealed to her the secret twist of the season which was yet unknown to all of the housemates. She discovered that the Season has two houses, and she will be transferring to the other house without her housemates knowing the twist. She took part in the first House Swap of the season, with the housemate from House A, Tom Rodriguez.

She moved to House A on Day 2. Throughout her stay in House A, she became friends with of the housemates especially with Rica Paras and Carol Batay, but she also formed a tight friendship with the housemate Jason Francisco which later blossomed to romantic relationship.

Their blossoming romance became one of the best surprises this season where in thousands of viewers were hooked in their love story. Their funny yet romantic relationship became a nationwide phenomenon, where they eventually got their love team name Melason, a witty and funny play in the Filipino phrase, "May lason (eng. There's poison). One of their funny moments was joking about a mosquito who got into the house as their child which they named Dengue. On Week 7, Big Brother gave them a baby doll as Dengue their son. It had a face with both of their features combined with Melisa's curly hair, gap tooth and flat nose and Jason's dopey eyes, lips and piercing. When "Typhoon Apart" twist came in to the house, Jason and Melisa were separated as the female housemates had to swap houses. It left the two devastated and missing each other. Big Brother even played along with their comedic romance, and even held a fake custody hearing for the separated parents for their baby doll.

On Day 65, Big Brother provided a special date between the two, held in House B's Garden. There, a typically shy Jason confessed about her real feelings for Melisa, and finally asked her to be her girlfriend. It became one of the highlights of the series and one of the most unforgettable moments that took place inside the house in the history of Pinoy Big Brother.

On Week 18, Melisa became the last woman standing on the final five housemates. The final five competed for the endurance themed Big Jump Competition where they had to stand on their own platform at the center of the swimming pool to secure a slot for the Big Night. The competition was divided into levels every after one hour, such as standing with one foot, standing in a "T" position etc. They have to stand as long as possible and who ever remained standing will be get a secure spot for the Big Night. After several hours, Steve Jumalon gave up in favor of Melisa, making her the Big Jump winner of the season, and securing her place on the Big Night.

Melisa was declared as the season's Big Winner after 133 days after she gathered 1,226,695 actual votes which is 32.08% of the total percentage of text votes, making her the fifth female contestant to win Pinoy Big Brother.[1][2]


Melisa Cantiveros Biography

Nickname: Inday
Real Name: Melisa Cantiveros
Origin: General Santos City
Age: 21
Birthdate: April 6, 1988
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Student
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: dancing, badminton
Favorite Color: violet
Favorite Food: lechon, especially the skin
Favorite Show: Wowowee, Lovers in Paris
Favorite Actor: Ryan Agoncillo
Favorite Actress: Judy Ann Santos
Favorite Singer: Sarah Geronimo

As a child, Melisa would often be teased by people as an adopted child because she looks different from her siblings. But she would just laugh off whatever others would say. At a young age Melisa already had a good sense of humor. She was the center of attention among her friends, and she won as president of the student council because of her popularity in their university. Whatever she lacks in looks, she makes up with her witty punch lines.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
This moment that I got accepted in PBB. I really didn't expect it so until now I still can't believe it.
What/who will you miss the most upon entering Kuya’s house? My family, friends, my boyfriend and my bed.
If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
Kristine Hermosa
Do you think you’ll get along well with the other housemates? Why?
I will really try my best to orientate myself with them.
What would irritate/annoy you inside the house?
The moody people, and I don't like people messing with my hair.

Player History - Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up[]

Task History[]

Week 1 Team A Weekly Task 1 Win
Week 2 Team A Weekly Task 2 Win
Week 3 Team A Weekly Task 3 Win
Week 4 Team A Weekly Task 4 Loss
Week 5 Team A Weekly Task 5 Loss
Week 6 Team A Weekly Task 6 Win
Week 7 Team A Weekly Task 7 Loss
Week 8 Team B Weekly Task 8 Loss
Week 9 Team B Weekly Task 9 Win
Week 10 House United Weekly Task 10 Loss
Week 11 House United Weekly Task 11 Win
Week 12 House United Weekly Task 12 Win
Week 13 House United Weekly Task 13 Loss
Week 14 House United Weekly Task 14 Win
Week 15 House United Weekly Task 15 Loss
Week 16 House United Weekly Task 16 Win

Weekly Budget History[]

Week 1 with Budget
Week 2 with Budget
Week 3 with Budget
Week 4 Staples
Week 5 Staples
Week 6 with Budget
Week 7 Staples
Week 8 with Budget
Week 9 Staples
Week 10 Staples
Week 11 with Budget
Week 12 with Budget
Week 13 Staples
Week 14 with Budget
Week 15 Staples
Week 16 with Budget

Competition History[]

Week 11 HOH Loss
Hand Grenade Survived
Week 12 HOH Loss
Hand Grenade Survived
Week 13 HOH Loss
Hand Grenade Survived
Week 14 HOH Loss
Hand Grenade Survived
Week 15 HOH Loss
Hand Grenade Survived
Week 16 HOH Loss
Hand Grenade Survived
Week 17 HOH Loss
Hand Grenade Survived
Week 18 Big Jump Win

Hand Grenade History[]

Week 1-10 Twist Not Active
Week 11 Eligible
Week 12 Eligible
Week 13 Eligible
Week 14 Eligible
Week 15 Eligible
Week 16 Eligible
Week 17 Eligible
Week 18 Hand Grenade Phase Over

Nominations History[]

Week Nominated Nominated By Final Position
3 2-Paul Jake Castillo
1-Princess Manzon
1-Delio Dimaculangan
4 2-Paul Jake Castillo
1-Rob Stumvoll
5 2-Paul Jake Castillo
1-Johan Santos
1-Steve Jumalon
6 2-Paul Jake Castillo
1-Steve Jumalon
2-Steve Jumalon
7 2-Cathy Remperas
1-Paul Jake Castillo
8 2-Cathy Remperas
1-Johan Santos
9 2-Sam Pinto
1-Kath Lopeña-Ortega
1-Sam Pinto Nominated
due to Open Voting
11 2-Patrick Villanueva
1-Johan Santos
1-Steve Jumalon
12 2-Patrick Villanueva
1-Johan Santos
1-Paul Jake Castillo
13 2-Johan Santos
1-Sam Pinto
14 2-Johan Santos
1-Sam Pinto
15 2-Steve Jumalon
1-Hermes Bautista
2-Steve Jumalon
2-Marielle Sorino
2-Hermes Bautista
2-Cathy Remperas
8 points
16 2-Johan Santos
1-Steve Jumalon
1-Marielle Sorino
17 2-Paul Jake Castillo
1-Johan Santos
2-Paul Jake Castillo
2-Johan Santos
1-Marielle Sorino
5 points
18 2-Steve Jumalon
1-Paul Jake Castillo
Big Jump Winner
Big Four
19 Big Night Finale Big Winner

Post Big Brother[]


Melisa with IVE's Wonyoung in Asia Artist Awards 2023.

MagandangBuhay Melai

Melisa in her morning talk show, Magandang Buhay.

  • Because of the phenomenal popularity of Jason and Melisa as Melason, the two starred in their own reality series called Melason in Love, which followed their lives after Pinoy Big Brother. However, throughout the series, they still stay inside the Big Brother house but the series' rules were no longer in effect.
  • On the September 8, 2013 episode of The Buzz, she revealed in an interview with Boy Abunda that she married Jason Francisco on December 9, 2012 and was pregnant with their first child. Their daughter, Amelia Lucille, was born on April 3, 2014 in General Santos.[3]
  • In 2016, Melisa was cast in ABS-CBN's daytime drama series, We Will Survive as one of the main characters in the show.
  • In 2016, Melisa became one of the hosts in ABS-CBN's morning talk show, Magandang Buhay, together with Karla Estrada and Jolina Magdangal.
    • Ironically the 3 entered as House guest for the PBB: Jolina enters as a mentor along with Nyoy, Melai enters with Jason to help the PBB 737 housemates for the Big ball, while Karla estrada entered the house as a temporary ruler while Big Brother is away in PBB 737
  • On July 26, 2016, however, she and Jason confirmed their separation from their marriage of almost three years through their daughter's Instagram. They have since reconciled, and at the same time, announced that they are expecting a second child. She has given birth to a second daughter, Stela Rosalind, on April 9, 2017. [4]
  • In 2017, Melisa and Jason guested on the game show Bet on your Baby together with their daughter, Amelia, where they won the jackpot prize of Php 1,000,000. [5]
  • In 2023, Melisa meets IVE's Wonyoung in Asian Artist Awards, after Liza Soberano meets another IVE's Yujin in TikTok.


  • Melisa is the fifth female contestant to win Pinoy Big Brother and the third female in a row to win the civilian edition.
  • Melisa is the first contestant to win the Big Jump Competition and the first to receive a secured spot in the Big Night finale.
  • She is considered by her fans as the luckiest woman when it comes to reality game shows due to her winnings in every game show she appeared.
  • She came from General Santos in South Cotabato, where the world renowned boxing champion Manny Pacquiao originated.
  • Melisa is considered by many as the younger version of the late Elizabeth Ramsey due to their uncanny resemblances. In fact, she impersonated her in on Week 9 of Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1. Both are also Visayan speakers.[6]
  • Maymay Entrata who eventually won Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 was often compared to Melisa due to their similar goofy and hyper characteristics. Coincidentally, both of them came from Mindanao and both speak Visayan as their native language.
  • Melai is the Fifth Pinoy Big Brother housemate to become a host in a PBB season: PBB Otso.


Preceded by
Teen Edition Plus
PBBTE2Ejay Small
Ejay Falcon
Big Winner
Double Up
PBBDU Melisa Small
Melisa Cantiveros
Succeeded by
Teen Clash of 2010
PBBTC James Small
James Reid
Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up Housemates
PBBDU Melisa Small
PBBDU Paul Jake Small
PBBDU Jason Small
PBBDU Johan Small
PBBDU Tibo Small
PBBDU Mariel Small
PBBDU Kath Small
PBBDU Hermes Small
PBBDU Cathy Small
PBBDU Sam Small
PBBDU Rica Small
PBBDU Patrick Small
PBBDU Carol Small
PBBDU Rocky Small
PBBDU Yuri Small
PBBDU Rob Small
PBBDU Patria Small
PBBDU Tom Small
PBBDU Delio Small
PBBDU Yhel Small
PBBDU Princess Small
PBBDU Jimson Small
PBBDU Toffi Small
PBBDU Kenny Small