Maine Mendoza, more popularly known as Yaya Dub, has no doubt already established a comfortable niche in local show business.
Apart from her “Kalyeserye” segment with Alden Richards, Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo and Paolo Ballesteros on noontime show “Eat Bulaga” enjoying huge popularity, she has landed several endorsement deals. There are also talks about her and Alden appearing in a film.
Despite the overflow of blessings, the 20-year-old admitted she doesn’t see herself made yet.
“In all honesty, the fact that I am getting much attention at the moment has not sunk in yet. I don’t know, I don’t consider myself a ‘celebrity’ yet,” she told followers via her blog.
“I look at the mirror everyday and see the same person that I used to see before all of these – still an average crazy girl – and I don’t think that will ever change,” she added.
She also has an explanation, relating, “The way I look at it, the hype isn’t really about me – it’s about the show (“Kalyeserye”) being such an entertaining entity.”
Mendoza has long wanted to be celebrated for her talents.
“Being a celebrity has always been my dream, at ngayon lang ako maglalakas (ng) loob ipaalam sa lahat na bata pa lang ako gusto ko nang mag-artista,” she said.
With the attention being lavished on her, she feels her dream is fast becoming a reality. “I used to think being a celebrity is unattainable (in my case) so I never really considered pursuing show business. Pero eto na… papunta na ako… I am getting there,” she said.
She is overwhelmed about how seemingly fast things are unfolding for her. She said, “Everything is actually still surreal every time I think about my life right now.”
Of course, she could only be thankful. “I am very lucky to be where I am right now. Jesus Christ, thank you very much for giving me what I have always wanted,” she said.
Mendoza is optimistic about the future, sharing her belief that “things will get more interesting (and even more exhausting!) in the future and I hope to be able to keep up with the changes.”
She added, “Kailangan panindigan ’tong pinasok ko, ginusto ko eh.” (MNS)