Because of her hectic schedule, the 22-year-old former Pinoy Big Brother housemate admitted that she and boyfriend Jason Francisco had to celebrate Valentine’s a week ahead. This date also coincided with their one-year anniversary which they celebrated last February 8 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. “Nung Valentine’s day, binigyan niya ako ng red roses. Pero nung nag-date kami sa hotel, na-surprise ako kasi siya talaga yung nag-arrange ng lahat nun. Na-shock nga ako kasi nag-absent siya sa Banana Split. After nung taping ko, sinalubong niya ako with flowers, hindi na pala siya umuwi after nung taping niya,” she revealed during the Mana Po presscon held last February 17 at the ABS-CBN compound.
Melai said their evening was spent sharing a nice romantic dinner which was capped off by a relaxing couple’s massage at the hotel spa. Melai did not expect that Jason would surprise her with another kind of gift. “Minsan lang naman kami mag-bonding ng ganun. Kumain kami tapos binigyan niya ako flowers. Akala ko tapos na ang lahat nun pero binigyan din niya ako ng ring,” she said.
Melai denied that it was an engagement ring, even admitting that she accidentally saw the price tag of the gift, which Jason had forgotten to remove. “Nakita ko yung price. Hindi pala naalis. Hindi siya engagement ring, basta ring siya. Charriol ring worth more than 10k. ‘Pag inisip mo, ang laki na rin nun ‘di ba, parang isang araw na trabaho. After niya ibigay sa akin yun, nagpa-massage kami dun. Hanggang 4 am kami nag-pa-spa dun. Nag-enjoy and then umuwi na kami. Sabi niya package deal na din daw yung date na yun. Valentines and anniversary date namin,” she said.
According to Melai, Jason chose the ring’s design, which resembles the number eight in honor of their anniversary. Unfortunately, she was unable to show off the piece of jewelry during the Mana Po presscon. “Hindi ko nasuot ngayon kasi nag-te-taping kami. Hindi ko sinusuot yun kasi ‘pag matanggal ko, baka mawala,” she said.
While Melai makes sure she always has something nice for her boyfriend, she revealed that Jason does not like to receive extravagant gifts from her. “Ang pinakamahal kong binigay sa kanya is underwear na galing Zara. Nagalit siya kasi sa isang piraso daw nun, makakabili na ng tatlo from Bench. Pero bago nun, binigyan ko siya ng relo na may cellphone. Kasi si Jason, alam mo yung cellphone niya kung saan saan niya iniiwan minsan. Kaya para mag-learn siya ng lesson, ngayon kahit saan siya pumunta, pag-nag-ring masasagot niya. Pinadala ko from Singapore. Pero madami rin naman siyang gift sa akin na over-over sa mahal. Binigyan rin niya ako ng malaking teddy bear na kasing laki ko,” she shared.