Maine Mendoza Biography

Maine Mendoza, a Filipino actress and one of the highest-paid product endorsers in the Philippine television industry, gained fame through her debut role as ‘Yaya Dub’ in the show ‘Eat Bulagas!’ on the ‘GMA Network’ and ‘GMA Pinoy TV’. Paired with the immensely popular Alden Richards, their impromptu, comedy act on the ‘Kalyeserye’ segment of the show, called ‘AlDub’, became a sensation due to Mendoza’s screen presence and comic timing. She rose to prominence after her viral YouTube Dubsmash video, inspired by Kris Aquino, garnered over a million views overnight. Since then, Mendoza has appeared in various television shows and films, including ‘Princess in the Palace’, ‘Vampire Ang Daddy Ko’, ‘God Gave Me You’, ‘Destined To Be Yours’, ‘My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore’, and ‘Imagine You & Me’, where she also showcased her talents as a songwriter and singer.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Nicomaine Dei Capili Mendoza
  • Age: 28 Years, 28 Year Old Females
  • Family:
    • Father: Teodoro Mendoza
    • Mother: Mary Ann
  • Occupations:
    • Actresses
    • TV Presenters

Childhood & Early Life

Nicomaine Dei Capili Mendoza, popularly known as Maine Mendoza, was born on March 3, 1995, in Santa Maria, Bulcan, Philippines. She comes from a large and affluent family, with her parents, Mary Ann Capili Mendoza and Teodoro Mendoza, Jr., being successful entrepreneurs who own several businesses, including Shell gas stations. Mendoza has two brothers and two sisters. She attended St. Paul College of Bocaue in Bulacan for high school and later graduated with courses in hotel management and culinary arts from De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. After graduation, she did a six-month internship at The Sagamore resort in upstate New York.

Early Career

Even before her television debut, Mendoza was already a prolific blogger and active on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Her Dubsmash video, in which she paid tribute to Philippine sensation Kris Aquino, went viral and made her an overnight YouTube sensation. After her TV debut in the Kalyeserye segment of the show Eat Bulagas! on July 16, 2015, Mendoza gained a surge of followers on her Twitter account and became known for having one of the fastest-growing personal accounts in the country.

Career

Mendoza’s first television appearance as the character “Yaya Dub” in the Kalyeserye segment of Eat Bulagas! alongside actor Alden Richards made her an overnight sensation. Her quick wit, humor, and charming screen presence captivated audiences. Mendoza got the role of Yaya Dub because of her viral Dubsmash video, which had over a million views. She and Alden Richards, known as “AlDub,” became a major hit and have since worked together on TV shows, films, and commercials. Mendoza has acted in television shows like Princess in the Palace, Vampire Ang Daddy Ko, and God Gave Me You. She also starred in the films My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore and Imagine You & Me, where she wrote and sang the theme song.

Mendoza is the highest-paid and most-preferred face for television commercials in the Philippines. She has endorsement deals with brands like Omega, Belo Medical Group, Mitsubishi, Zonrox, Eskinol, Tide, Nescafe, and CocaCola, among others. She has also appeared on the covers of magazines like YES!, Readers Digest Asia, Inside Showbiz, PeopleAsia, and Cosmopolitan Philippines.

Personal Life

Mendoza is managed by Triple A talent management firm, owned by the executive producer of Eat Bulaga!, Antonio Tuviera. She is also a prolific writer and released her autobiographical book, You! I Am That Girl, in October 2017. The book, published by Summit Media, sold out within four hours of its release. Mendoza is known for her close relationship with her family, especially her sisters, whom she considers her best friends. Her father is one of her biggest fans and supporters. As of March 2018, her relationship status is unknown, and she is not believed to be dating anyone.

Causes and Philanthropy

Mendoza is passionate about several causes, including the welfare of the persecuted Lumads people in Mindanao and the importance of education. She regularly speaks up on these topics and organizes fundraisers to support various causes. In 2015, she participated in the Eat Bulaga! Tamang Panahon benefit concert, which raised PHP 14 million for the AlDub Library Project to promote reading among schoolchildren. In March 2018, she announced an online garage sale to raise funds for the AlDub Nation Scholarship Drive, providing financial aid to needy students.

Trivia

Aside from her career in the entertainment industry, Mendoza is also an entrepreneur and owns a McDonald’s franchise in Santa Clara, Bulacan. She reportedly wanted to become a flight attendant but her life trajectory changed after her role as Yaya Dub. In January 2018, there were speculations of Mendoza joining rival network ABS-CBN after she tweeted a video clip from one of their shows.

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