by: Napoleon Quintos
Push.com.ph arrived at the look test for the upcomingteleserye Precious Hearts Romances presents Mana Po and saw Jason Francisco and Melai Cantiveros rehearsing an intimate scene. In an interview after the rehearsal, Jason shared that the directors want to prepare him and Melai for numerous scenes in theteleserye wherein they have to act sweet and very much in love. He also revealed that there were plenty of times during the rehearsal that he and Melai would just burst to laughter.
Jason and Melai fell in love when they were housemates in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up. After the reality show, the two became an instant showbiz love team, attracting legions of fans not just in the Philippines but also abroad. Push.com.ph asked Jason if he is ready to do a sexy or love scene with Melai for Mana Po, given thatPHR material is known for its daring theme. But Jason explained that he wants to maintain the wholesome image that his love team with Melai had built.
“’Pag kiss siguro okay lang. Pero sana wala nang love scene. Kapag ganun kasi, parang hindi na kami ‘yun. Hindi pa yata panahon kasi sa ngayon karamihan ng mga nanonood sa amin mga bata. Ang iniisip talaga namin ni Isay paano namin mapapasaya ‘yung mga nanonood sa amin. Iba kasi ang tingin ng mga fans sa amin. Baka madismaya sila kapag bigla nila kaming makita na nagla-love scene o nagpapa-sexy. Ang pangit naman na may batang lalapit sa akin at biglang sasabihin, ‘Kuya Jason, nakikita kitang nakikipag kiss sa TV!’Patay, baka gayahin na!”
Proof that Jason and Melai have earned worldwide support is that whenever they would appear for a show either in the province or abroad, thousands of Kapamilya fans would flock to see them. Though it had been almost a year after they left PBB, Jason and Melai consider it a blessing that their fans are still there. Jason shared, “Siguro bukod sa trabaho at iba pang opportunities na natanggap ko, isa talaga sa ipinagpapasalamat namin ni Isay e hindi nagbago ‘yung mga fans sa suporta at pagmamahal nila sa amin. At patuloy pa silang dumadami. Kaya kami patuloy pa rin kami na ginagawa ‘yung best namin para mapasaya pa sila lalo.”
Jason also talked about how fans would show their love and support for them by giving expensive gifts. The young lad from Mindoro never had to save up money so he could buy himself high tech gadgets. The fans have given him gifts like an iPod, DSLR camera, and the Blackberry phone that he now uses. “Sana makarating sa kanila ‘yung taos-puso kong pasasalamat. Akala siguro nila maliit na bagay lang ‘yung regalo, pero para sa akin sobra nila akong napasaya. Alam niyo naman kami ni Isay, mga sabik kami sa gadget dahil wala naman kaming ganyan noon sa probinsya.”