- Melai Cantiveros recalled the incident that changed her family’s li
- Back then, they used to be well-off in Gensan as they owned a huge fishing boat that supplied tuna to different countries
- However, one time, her father was apprehended by Indonesian authorities for crossing borders
Melai Cantiveros admitted that she and her family used to live a comfortable life in General Santos City.
The comedienne opened up about her childhood in the latest vlog of Toni Gonzaga via her YouTube channel.
According to Melai, her family was actually well-off back then. Their family’s business used to supply tuna to different countries, including Japan.
“Medyo may pagkamayaman talaga kami ate Tons… Kasi mayaman ka sa Gen San kapag may bangka ka. Hindi ‘yung bangka na maliit, ‘yung bangka na malaki, ‘yun talaga ang pinapadala sa laot. Three months ‘yung nandon para kumuha ng tuna, ‘yung tuna na pinapadala sa Japan. So may pagkamayaman kami dati,” she said.
Melai continued her story of how one incident changed their lives. Her father’s boat was apprehended by Indonesian authorities because it broke boundaries.
“Dapat may boundary ‘yung mapangisdaan don sa Gen San. Lumagpas sa boundary ng Indonesia, konting lagpas lang sa boundary dahil don nag-swim ang tuna,” she explained.
Melai recalled that the Indonesian authorities destroyed their boat and the incident greatly affected her father. “Ang papa ko sobrang stress non, sinira ang bangka niya na pinaghirapan niya, half million ang binayad don eh,” she said.
According to Melai, her parents had to also feed the family of his father’s staff, who were held in Indonesia. “Mga two years pa bago makauwi ‘yung mga tauhan, so in two years, si mama at si papa ang nagpakain ng bigas sa mga tauhan ng pamilya,” she said.
Melai said that they lost their livelihood when they lost their boat and the incident changed their lives. “Sobra talaga, ‘yun talaga ang pinaka-nagpabagsak talaga sa amin, after non naghirap talaga,” she shared.
Watch the rest of the vlog via Toni Gonzaga’s YouTube channel: