The Kapuso actress tagged as "Yaya Dub" skyrocketed to fame and prominence after the trending of one of her dubsmash snippets. Today, she is a regular on GMA Network's longest-running afternoon primetime show, enjoying her stardom as a host among veteran comedians such as Vic Sotto and Wally Bayola. Who was Maine Mendoza before all this recognition?
Maine Mendoza is a Philippine social media sensation most popularly recognized by fans by her nickname “Yaya Dub”. She rose to prominence on social media platforms for the popularity of her videos on “Dubsmash”, a widely-used video recording application created for smartphones. The basic concept of her hit Dubsmash videos is to dub over audio clips from old Filipino films in a comedic manner.
Following the trend of one of her Dubsmash video impersonating local superstar Kris Aquino, she was soon tapped to make a guest appearance in a segment of GMA Network’s long-running afternoon variety show “Eat Bulaga”.
Mendoza made her first guest appearance in 2015 and eventually became a regular host on the show. Maine was paired with co-host Alden Richards, and the two become a massive hit in just a few days of working together in an impromptu comedy segment titled “Kalyeserye” (2015). The pairing earned the nickname “AlDub”, a portmanteau of their stage names Alden and Yaya Dub.
- Name: Nicomaine Dei Capili Mendoza
- Birthday: March 3, 1995 (age 24)
- Birth place: Sta. Maria, Bulacan
- Nationality: Filipino
- Parents: Mary Ann and Teodoro
- Marital status: Single
- Height: 163cm (5’4”)
- Net worth: $100K-1M (approx.)
Maine Mendoza Alden Richards
Mendoza’s pairing with Alden Richards in “Kalyeserye” took Philippine TV and social media platforms by storm. The concept of the series is a split-screen love story between their fictional roles “Yaya Dub” (Mendoza) and “Alden” (Richards), with Alden usually staying in the studio of Eat Bulaga as Maine travels to different towns of the show’s audiences.
The plot’s focus revolves around the courtship of Yaya Dub and Alden, a courtship opposed and forbidden from any physical contact by “Lola Nidora” (Wally Bayola). Several hosts of the show also appear on the segment as guests.
Its climax episode titled “Tamang Panahon” (English: The right time) was the couple’s first physical meeting and the show’s most anticipated episode. It was held in Philippine Arena on October 24, 2015 and was attended by over 55,000 live audiences. Ticket sales amounted to over P14 million, and the hashtag “AlDubEBTamangPanahon” garnered over 41 million tweets, making it the 3rd most tweeted topic worldwide in 2015.
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Maine Mendoza awards
Soon after the series, she was contracted by M-Zet Productions to appear in two feature films namely “My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore” (2015) and “Imagine You and Me” (2016) along with her on-screen partner Alden Richards. The former was their official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2015, earning Maine the MMFF’s Best Supporting Actress award and Most Promising Female Star.
Her appearance in several shows, most notably as a regular in other variety shows of the same network, earned Maine a nomination on the Favorite Pinoy Personality award by Nickelodeon Kids.
Maine Mendoza book
Her popularity inspired her to write an autobiographical book for her fans titled “Yup, I Am That Girl”. The book was launched on October 26, 2017 by Summit Media. The book sold out in less than four hours after its release.
Maine Mendoza boyfriend
The massive success of the Maine Mendoza Alden Richards pairing was mainly a product of their intense on-screen chemistry and comedic performance. Fans soon began to speculate whether the two were romantically involved in real life. However, in latest news, the couple is confirmed to be pursuing their separate careers. In March 2019, Maine confirmed her relationship with ABS-CBN Network actor Arjo Atayde. Alden Richards, on the other hand, is set to take on a lead role in a romantic drama film with Kathryn Bernardo under Star Cinema.
Maine Mendoza birthday
Maine Mendoza turned 24 on March 3, 2019. Arjo Atayde, her current partner, posted a picture on his Instagram account with the caption
“My reason for being. Happy birthday to my main. ❤”.
The post widely circulated the social media platform, reaching over 400,000 likes.
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Maine Mendoza siblings
Maine Mendoza was born on March 3, 1995, and she is the daughter of Mary Ann and Teodoro Mendoza. She finished her high school education in St. Paul College of Bocaue in Bulacan and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in Manila. She is lesser known by her real name Nicomaine Dei Capili Mendoza. According to her blog, she has four siblings whose names also start with “Nico”, namely Nicolette Ann, Nicolas Dynn, Nicoleen Dyann, and Nicodeim Dean.
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Maine Mendoza latest news 2019
In latest news, Maine Mendoza is set to star with rival network actor Carlo Aquino in the upcoming romantic comedy film "Isa Pa With Feelings” (2019). The film is at the helm of Black Sheep Productions, and was announced by Maine in June 27 in an Instagram post.
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