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Nag-celebrate ng kanyang first anniversary in showbiz last June 19 ang tinaguriang phenomenal Kalyeserye star na si Maine Mendoza a.k.a. Yaya Dub.
Inalala ni Maine ang unang pagkakataon niyang mag-audition sa Broadway studio ng “Eat Bulaga” noong June 19, 2015.
Pinag-audition si Maine dahil nagha-hanap ang writers ng “Eat Bulaga” nang babaeng gaganap na masungit na yayang bagong papasok na characters na si Lola Nidora (played by Wally Bayola) sa segment nila noon na E.B. Problem Solving.
Napanood kasi ng E.B. staff ang mga dubsmash videos ni Maine sa YouTube kaya nagkainteres silang makita ito sa audition.
During the audition, inamin ni Maine na wala siyang ibang talents kundi ang magpapanget ng mukha. Hindi raw siya marunong kumanta, sumayaw o umarte.
Walang nakapagsabi na after a year, ang dating mahiyaing Maine ay magiging isang multi-media superstar at isa sa sought-after celebrity endorser kasama ng kanyang Kal-yerserye loveteam na si Alden Richards.
Pinost ni Maine ang pag-flashback niya sa naganap sa kanyang buhay noong nakaraang taon:
“It was this time last year when I first set my foot on Broadway Centrum. June 19, 2015 was the day I auditioned for ‘Eat Bulaga.’
“I can still remember how nervous and timid I was as I stand in the middle of the stage, facing the camera.
“It’s been a year but I still wonder how I was able to survive that audition unprepared.
“People who tried out their luck along with me that day were all psyched-up and had everything prepared; and then there I was, as Ma’am Jenny would describe it, ‘Walang kalatuy-latoy’.
“Those who have seen my audition video could tell that there was nothing striking in me when I stood up on that stage – aside from my big red lips that took people’s attention – there was clearly nothing more.
“I mustered an ounce of confidence to act like a crazy woman when I was asked to, thinking that would be the only way to get a chance to pass the audition. I was able to do it but I knew I did it horribly.
“I was discouraged and I already knew right there and then that I lost my chance.
“Still, I was holding onto this little possibility that they’d call me back, also thinking that even if they don’t, I am glad and proud that I did not let this opportunity pass me by.
“I went home with a smile on my face, gave myself a pat on the back and told myself ‘At least you tried.’
And the rest, as they say is history! (Ruel J. Mendoza)