Francine Diaz on Melai Cantiveros helping her family | Inquirer Entertainment

Francine Diaz recalls how Melai Cantiveros saved her family from being kicked out of rented home

/ 12:37 PM July 04, 2019
Francine Diaz

Actress Francine Diaz. Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@francinesdiaz

Francine Diaz revealed that during a very difficult time, TV host Melai Cantiveros helped her family in paying for their house rent. 

Diaz spoke about Cantiveros’ financial assistance to her family in an episode of the talk show “Magandang Buhay” which aired yesterday, July 3. Cantiveros added that she knew Diaz from working together in the TV series “We Will Survive”.


“Muntik na talaga kaming mapalayas po noon. Tapos wala kaming ilaw noon talaga po, so nakaligpit na yung gamit namin, nasa box na, naka-ayos na. ‘Tas hindi po namin alam saan kami lilipat, tapos wala po kaming kuryente,” Diaz narrated.

(We almost got kicked out at that time. We also did not have electricity, and our things were already packed. We did not know where we would transfer.)


“Tapos pinaki-usapan po namin noon si Ate Melai kung pwedeng manghiram ng ganito, ganyan,” Diaz said. “Tapos sumagot po siya, and iyon, nakabayad po kami ng renta namin, sa ilaw. Kaya hindi po kami napalayas dahil kay Ate Melai.”

(Then we asked help from Ate Melai if we can borrow this, that. She answered, and that’s it, we were able to pay our rent and electricity. We were not kicked out because of Ate Melai.)

Cantiveros explained that she helped Diaz because of their good working relationship.

“Kasi nga may pinagsamahan kami ni Francine, talagang mahal na mahal ko ‘tong batang ‘to talaga,” Cantiveros said. (Francine and I have gone through a lot. I really love this kid.)

When asked by host Karla Estrada on how her family’s life has changed, Diaz acknowledged the blessings and the improvement.

“Napapaisip ako na, ‘Grabe, blessed pala ako’ kasi po kung ico-compare ko yung life namin dati sa ngayon,’ mas okay po kami ngayon kaysa dati,” Diaz said.

(I thought, “Wow, I am actually blessed,” because compared to our life before, we have a better life now.)


Diaz plays the role of Cassie Mondragon in the TV series “Kadenang Ginto”. Hannah Mallorca/JB


Dimples Romana thinks Daniela will not change for the good any time soon

From baby burping to nappy change, LJ Reyes gets mommy chores done with help from Paolo Contis

Joey de Leon marks 40 years of ‘Eat Bulaga’ with a salute to ‘EBrybody’

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: “Magandang Buhay”, financial assistance, Francine Diaz, Melai Cantiveros, Rent
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our entertainment news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.