TV host Maine Mendoza in it for the long haul

THIS July, Maine Mendoza marks her third year anniversary in the longest running noontime variety program in the country, “Eat Bulaga.” She has evolved from the timid “Kalyeserye” character ‘Yaya Dub,’ to a spontaneous and engaging host in “Sugod Bahay” segment of “Juan for All, All for Juan.”

The 23-year-old recalled that when she was just starting in the business, during the time when she did not do talking lines for three months and only communicated through songs that she lip-synced on national television, it somehow prepared her for the job ahead. She was able to observe how co-hosts Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Paolo Ballesteros, collectively known as JoWaPao, work together on screen.

“At first I was really nervous but they gave me enough time to absorb everything. It’s a big adjustment for me but I received a lot of help and good advice from the people I work with. They know when to intervene and to give support when I am having a hard time,” she said.

From Mondays to Saturdays, Maine and JoWaPao are out in different barangays and other locations to deliver special gifts and cash prizes to lucky dabarkads.

They’ve been out in the sun, crossed rivers, and even traveled to remote places just to provide “isang libo’t isang tuwa” to the show’s loyal following.

Maine said that being out every day and meeting new faces from different walks of life were all new to her. “To be honest, I’m not used to this new environment but I love connecting with people. I want to know their stories and what they are going through.”

Her co-hosts, Jose and Wally, noticed that she’s a natural and has her way of reaching out to people.

“You wouldn’t feel that she grew up from a different background. She is grounded, has empathy for others and is always willing to lend a helping hand,” Jose said.

He added that while Maine is the youngest and latest addition among them, she was able to adjust swiftly.

“We listen to each other because we treat each other as family. We’re together six times a week so it’s only normal that we learn each other’s quirks. The good thing about this team is that we are all open to suggestions. We share what we know and we really work together for the benefit of the audience.”

Wally also shared that Maine is not afraid to get her hands dirty and would always pay attention to the people they interact with. “She’s open to new things. She’s not afraid to try anything and you’ll really feel that she’s enjoying this job. She loves hosting and she excels in it.”

He recalled one episode where Maine was moved to tears by the story of one “Sugod Bahay” winner.

“There was this guy who was neglected by his family and was in the worst living situation. She cried to us after because she couldn’t believe that someone would do that to a person. During times like this, what we do is listen to everyone’s plight and we try to relay it to the audience and let them draw their own realizations from the people we meet every day.”

Maine, on her part, said the people they meet made her re-evaluate what’s important in life and also taught her the value of hard work and to be grateful always.

“I learned that life is hard and sometimes extra difficult for some. I’ve seen the real picture and I realized that I am so blessed to have been given a complete family, supportive friends and a career. We all know that this blessing came by me so fast, so I try to be grateful always,” she said.

In her three years in the industry, and after trying her hands in acting, Maine admits that hosting comes more naturally to her. She said there’s a different sense of fulfillment after talking to people, learning their stories and seeing happy faces in every barangay they visit.

Maine said her regular hosting gig in “Sugod Bahay” gave her a newfound passion for hosting. She sees herself doing this profession for a long time and is looking forward to meeting more people and making the audience happy.

“I want to be in touch with reality and this is one way of doing it. I also want to try other things and I’m excited with what I’ll be doing in the future. Right now, I see myself doing this for a long time. This is what I want to do — hosting. I can’t imagine myself leaving ‘Juan for All’ or ‘Eat Bulaga”. I see myself doing this every day because I love my job and the people I work for and work with,” she ended. #

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Ex B invades GMA Online Exclusives this June 11

GET TO know more about the popular rap group Ex Battalion (Ex B) as they headline their very own digital reality program ‘Ex B Rules!’ starting this Monday (June 11) via GMA Online Exclusives (GMA OnE).

With their hit song “Hayaan Mo Sila” dominating radio, television, and online sites, there seems to be no stopping the certified ‘hypebeasts’ Ex B—composed of members Mark Maglasang a.k.a Bosx1ne, Archie dela Cruz a.k.a Flow-G, Jon Gutierrez a.k.a King Badger, Rhenn Mangabang a.k.a. Emcee Rhenn, Daryl Borja Ruiz a.k.a. Skusta Clee, and James Samonte a.k.a. Brando.

They got millions of likes, shares, and views on their YouTube channel, proof that their legions of fans always look forward to every video they post online.

In their digital reality program ‘Ex B Rules!’, netizens will be able to learn more about the people behind the group as the Ex B members share their life story—from being simple guys who used to spend their time hanging out on the streets, to becoming regular employees, and finally reaching their celebrity status now. Discover as well the stories behind their hit music videos.  Ex B Rules! will also follow the Ex B members behind the camera, revealing their playful side as well as their ‘hugot’ or sentiments in life. The guys will share as well some of their unique performances exclusive on their show.

Don’t miss Ex B Rules!, every Monday starting June 11 at 5 pm via GMA OnE on GMA Network’s official YouTube account (www.youtube.com/GMANetwork).

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