Article and Photos By Eric Borromeo

Indeed, we can no longer question the enormous poplularity of the well-loved Yaya Dub. But how affecting is Maine Mendoza’s appeal these days? For sure, fans of the love team AlDub can recite to us a litany. .+Together with her other half, Alden Richards, international celebrities can’t help but take notice (and be bitten!) of AlDub’s phenomenal charm and trending success.


The very reason Broadway producer Shea Arender has to fly thousands of miles just to meet Maine in person, which happened last night in the location of My Bebe Love somewhere in Alabang.

Shea arrived in the Philippines from Las Vegas last October 17, and in a press junket on October 19, the producer expressed his excitement to see in person the well-loved Yaya Dub of the noontime show Eat Bulaga.

“She’s really doing a fantastic job of bringing joy to everyone,” Shea said.

On meeting Shea, Maine thought that the producer was an online poser. Shea related that Maine could hardly believe that a Broadway producer will be interested in her talent and will spend the time and effort to meet her. Shea on the other hand was all praises with Maine’s personality.

“She thought that I was just a poser account,” shared Shea when talked to him on the phone earlier.

“She was very warm and accommodating. She even asked us to stay longer. I thought that she was anything but nice. But she was so engaging. Asking stuff,” Shea added.

As for some possible projects with Maine, Shea says that it would be probably farther on the road since Maine has a very hectic schedule. But he is keeping their options open.SHEA ARENDER (1) copy

“I am just very thankful with the GMA family for the opportunity of meeting Maine. I’d like to make it clear that the meeting last night was just a friendly one,” said Shea.

The Broadway producer also noted the reactions of the fans of AlDub if ever a musical for Maine pushes through.

“They were saying that I will be taking away Maine from Eat Bulaga and from Alden if that happens!” shared Shea laughing. But he stressed again that that possibility is nil for now.

Shea is supposed to leave the country by the end of the month, but due to the recent turn of events, he extended his stay for two more weeks.

He will take part in German ‘Kuya Germs’ Moreno holiday specials. He will also attend the Philippine Movie Press Club’s 7th Star Awards for Music this November 10.

Shea might come back next year for a Valentine show.

From Broadway Centrum to Broadway New York… Maine’s stellar career has endless possibilities, indeed!





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