We first knew Maine Mendoza as the Queen of Dubsmash after impersonating Kris Aquino and accumulating over 1 million views in just one night. We knew her as an internet sensation. But our fondness towards Maine Mendoza grew even more when she appeared on live television as Divina Ursula Bukbukova Smash or Yaya Dub, the personal assistant of Lola Nidora on GMA Network’s Eat Bulaga!.
Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza (Yaya Dub) became an international internet sensation after trending on Twitter for several occasions. The couple are collectively referred to us AlDub (contraction of Alden and Yaya Dub). AlDub is a supercouple that appears in the Kalye Serye portion of the “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment of the famous GMA Network’s noontime variety show Eat Bulaga!. They are also called as the “phenomenal love team”.
In an effort to know more about these phenomenal couple, we’ve compiled some basic-to-interesting facts about Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards. But in this post, let’s talk about Yaya Dub, or Ms. Maine Mendoza:
1. Maine Mendoza was born Nicomaine Dei Capili Mendoza on March 3, 1995. She was born and raised in Santa Maria, Bulacan. Maine has two sisters and two brothers.
2. Maine Mendoza is a well-educated woman. Maine finished her elementary education at St. Paul School of Sta. Maria and high school at St. Paul College of Bocaue in Bulacan. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Major in Culinary Arts at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. She had her internship at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, New York.
3. Maine Mendoza is quite the foodie. As someone who studied the culinary arts, it’s only natural that Maine would be a food-lover. Like her character Yaya Dub, she loves isaw (specifically the intestines of chicken), all types of street food, laksa, sinigang na bangus with lots of kangkong, and lasagna. She also confessed to loving spicy food, pepperoni pizza, frozen yogurt, fresh juice, and more.
4. Maine wanted to be a flight attendant prior to her fame. In an interview on CelebriTV last October 3, Maine said her secret wish was to be in showbiz. She initially took a course on culinary arts at De La Salle-College of St Benilde and even went to the US for her internship. But she decided she wanted to apply as a flight attendant instead.
On her blog, Maine shared that she had been waiting for the application period when she started dubsmashing. She actually shot her dubsmash videos in the office while she was helping in their family business.
“Apparently, I had so much free time in the office. One time, I had the whole office to myself without anything to do. I got bored scrolling through different social media sites. (Which I didn’t think was even possible) And at that moment, Dubsmash was a hit…. The rest is history,” she wrote.
Her videos began circulating and she was later approached by Jenny Ferre, TAPE Inc., senior vice president for creatives and operations, for an audition for Eat Bulaga!.
5. She used to have a celebrity crush on Daniel Padilla. On her ask.fm account, Maine was asked if she used to like Daniel, who eventually became the Teen King.
“I had a crush on him 5 years ago, he was just a Candy [magazine] cutie back then. Iilan pa lang ang nakakakilala sa kanya (Only a few knew him then),” she said.
6. Accident pairing. Maine Mendoza was, in fact, accidentally paired with Alden Richards forming the love team AlDub. This ‘accident’ turned out to be a great one.
It was the 16th of July, 2015, where an episode of the “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment of the popular noon-time variety show Eat Bulaga! was to be done in regular fashion.
Its stars Jose Manalo, Paolo Ballesteros, and Wally Bayola ,who was playing a character known as Lola Nidora, alongside the newcomer Maine Mendoza, playing as a character named Yaya Dub (who served as the Nidora character’s nanny and communicated only through various audio samples), were all ready to trade banter through the segment as if it was just another normal day.
Meanwhile on Eat Bulaga!’s set, actor Alden Richards, who was invited to join the variety show to host for a month long trial period, was shown frequently in the other side of the split screen format of the “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment, just as the other hosts of the variety show was shown to communicate with Manalo and Bayola.
The presence of Richards and Mendoza’s character barely did anything for the show’s ratings, until Yaya Dub and Alden caught each other’s eyes and met for the first time onscreen.
The next moments, in which Mendoza broke her character from being the snobbish nanny to an apparently love stricken Yaya (or as more popularly categorized by Filipinos as ‘kinilig’), was the beginning in the history of a romantic pairing and a media phenomenon that came to be known as AlDub.
The ratings of Eat Bulaga! were further increased and the popularity of Mendoza as well as Richards resulted in wide exposure.
7. Maine Mendoza has a small collection of Barbie dolls. In an interview on the “Match Pa More” of the entertainment magazine YES!, Maine said she loves Barbie and used to play with it when she was a kid.
“Yes! Barbie dolls. Ewan ko, mahilig talaga ako sa Barbie simula nung bata ( I really don’t know, but I love Barbie when I was a kid). Then siyempre, habang tumatanda , hindi ko naman siya puwedeng laruin na, so nagko-collect na lang ako. Konti pa lang po. (Then of course as I get older, I cannot play with it so I just collect it. I have a small collection.) Siguro mga less than 20 po, pero ‘yong iba do’n, (I guess I have about 20 but some of them are) limited edition,” she said.
8. Count Ed Sheeran, One Republic among her favorites. On her ask.fm account, Maine wrote she likes the songs of Ed Sheeran and groups such as One Republic, The Weeknd, and The Fray. In her interview with Meg magazine, she said the songs “Sway” by Bic Runga and “Cry” by Mandy Moore as her favorite go-to karaoke songs.
She loves Nicholas Sparks. On her ask.fm account, Maine said that she tries to read novels when she can. She confessed to loving Nicholas Sparks’ novels.
“Sometimes…I love Nicholas Sparks’ books, gusto ko yung kinikilig ako with matching luha in the end (I like that I get giddy with matching tears in the end),” she answered.
9. What does Maine Mendoza wear for her lipstick? She admits she loves MAC lipsticks. Maine is also a beauty trendsetter, becoming known for her red lips on TV. On her ask.fm account, she was asked about her favorite lipstick colors and brand.
“I use MAC. Mostly deep shades of red and nude shades. My faves are Sin, Faux and Flat Out Fabulous,” she wrote.
Last October 8, Stylebible.ph wrote that MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick was sold out after makeup artist Krist Bansuelo said that he used the color in one of his makeup sessions with her.
10. She’s naturally shy and quiet. She also admitted having struggled with self-esteem issues. Maine shared on her Instagram account about the challenges of overcoming her insecurities and pessimistic attitude.
“I used to be a girl with a poor self esteem— I actually think I still am,” she wrote. ” I never believed in my capability of doing things; it could be just me being a pessimist about almost everything but the thing is, I never really believed in myself. Every time I am about to do something, the first thing that comes to my mind is “Hindi ko kaya yan. (I cannot do that.)” (That’s the fighting spirit! *note sarcasm*) Though I am already used to it, it’s still sad to think that I grew up with a negative mindset. I grew up believing I am not good enough for anything. People may think ‘Wala pa namang nararating/napapatunayan yang Yaya nyo.’ (She has not proven anything, your Yaya character.). True enough, I guess.
“Pero para sa’kin, (But for me) I’ve done so many things that I never thought I can do, things that I never imagined I am capable of doing. Everything that I am experiencing and doing right now is new to me.
“And I am proud to say that [finally] —because of Eat Bulaga— I am having the courage to step out of my comfort zone. I have waited so long for the moment where I’d be able to say ‘I am proud of myself.’ Kung wala pa man akong napapatunayan sa inyo, sa’kin marami-rami na… at yun lang, sapat na. Sapat na din para masabi kong proud ako sa sarili ko. (If I’ve not proven anything to all of you, for me, I’ve proven so much and that’s enough. It’s enough that I can tell how I’m proud of myself.) Way to go, Meng!”
Oh well, Main Mendoza has come a long way. And there’s just one thing we would like to say: Kudos!