It’s been several months since Maine Mendoza, aka Yaya Dub, rocketed to superstar status after her debut on Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye. Her online influence has also grown: she now has over two million followers on Twitter—which has been verified—and 1.3 million on Instagram. Pretty crazy for someone who started out making Dubsmash videos just for fun!
On October 11, Maine posted a photo on her Instagram with a very emotional caption explaining how she can finally say how proud she is of everything that she’s done so far. She wrote:
“I used to be a girl with a poor self esteem—I actually think I still am. I never believed in my capability of doing things; it could be just me being a pessimist about almost everything but the thing is, I never really believed in myself. Every time I am about to do something, the first thing that comes to my mind is "Hindi ko kaya yan." (That's the fighting spirit! *note sarcasm*) Though I am already used to it, it's still sad to think that I grew up with a negative mindset. I grew up believing I am not good enough for anything. People may think "Wala pa namang nararating/napapatunayan yang Yaya nyo." true enough, I guess. Pero para sa'kin, I've done so many things that I never thought I can do; things that I never imagined I am capable of doing. Everything that I am experiencing and doing right now is new to me. And I am proud to say that [finally] —because of Eat Bulaga— I am having the courage to step out of my comfort zone. I have waited so long for the moment where I'd be able to say 'I am proud of myself.' Kung wala pa man akong napapatunayan sa inyo, sa'kin marami-rami na.. at yun lang, sapat na. Sapat na din para masabi kong proud ako sa sarili ko. Way to go, Meng!”
Cue: ~*all the feels*~
We love you, Maine! Thanks for giving us a much-needed dose of inspiration to start our week!
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