Nicomaine-chella

It was a month ago..

when it all happened.

It was the first of March when Nicomainechella happened. A lot of you have been questioning me
“When are you going to post your blog about your birthday?”
“Why aren’t you writing about it yet?”
“Why did you post the Bora trip with Alden first?”
“Aren’t you happy with the surprise party?”
 It’s funny how some people are tweeting me about how much they “dislike” me because I posted the Bora trip first, and not this. Enebe geysh, ete ne. I promised to write a separate entry about the two, so here it is! Narrating what happened on the 1st of March, 2016.

Tuesday. March 1st 2016.
It was a normal (Tues)day at the baranggay, doing the things that we usually do. After the show, I thought I’d be able to spend the rest of the day recharging my batteries at my place but I was wrong; there is an awarding that I need to attend to–a Coachella themed awarding. “May awarding ka pang pupuntahan after Bulaga ah.” I was prompted by Ate Pat.  I can still remember how tired I was that day. I was already dragging myself to the studio (Broadway Centrum) where I had myself fixed for the awarding. “Ano ba kasing awarding yun?” I kept on asking Ate Pat, following it with “Hindi ba pwedeng ivideo ko nalang speech ko? Para makapagrest ako kahit today lang.” she kept on insisting that I had to attend and receive my best-female-endorser-kuno-award. “Ano ba talagang meron don? Kailangang kailangan ko ba talaga puntahan yun?” I asked, then she mentioned a school that I am not familiar with and said, “First time kasi magkakaroon ng awarding sa school nila, so big event. Kailangan daw nandoon ka. Binoto ka ng mga students doon.” Okay, so I really had to attend for it was a “big event”, okay.

Arriving at the Studio at 4 in the afternoon, I immediately went straight to the guest room and basked on the couch. “Idlip lang ako sandali.” I told Ate Pat. My body was craving sleep at that moment for I was physically tired from the work I did the previous week, so I took a nap for an hour. I was told that the awarding program will start at around 7, so I have to leave at 6. But it was already half past six, yet I am still at the studio getting dolled up. I kind of had a hard time in deciding what to wear because I don’t want to seem like I am really attending a legit music festival or a party, I wanted to keep it hip and chic– but decent. I chose a bodycon midi dress with an open-knit maxi cardigan paired with classic white chucks over a cropped top, high-waisted denim cutoffs and gladiator sandals. I wanted my hair to be different this time; I wanted it to go with the Coachella theme, so I had it curled pa-noodles way. I was ready at 7, Arvie (makeup artist) said that he’s going with me to the awarding, but I said he does not really have to for I can already manage to do the retouch myself, and besides I wouldn’t stay that long. He said he was advised to go with me.. oh edi sige.

We headed right away to Centris in QC. On our way to the venue, I told Ate Pat “Ang weird naman, awarding tapos Coachella-themed? Ano yon parang fair, ganon?” At that moment, I was also thinking of an inspirational speech that I could share to the students. We spent about an hour on the road, we got to Centris Elements at around 8. Ate Pat got out of the van to look for Ate Therese, also to check what was happening inside. I was at the van for 10 minutes waiting for Ate Pat’s cue.. I was observing the surroundings when I saw my brother–Dean, still in his school uniform–walked inside. I wondered why, but then I thought it could be someone else who looks just like him. There were also a few people dressed in their boho-inspired outfits roaming around outside the venue. Ate Pat along with Ate Therese, went back to me and gave me the signal to go in. “Madami ng tao. Hinihintay ka na nilang lahat.” I was feeling a little nervous the moment they said it. There’s nothing you could see from the outside for the entrance was covered with curtains. Ate Pat and Ate Therese were behind me as I walk towards the doorway; they were insisting that I should go first. “Eh, bakit ako?!” I squealed. “Ikaw na yung aawardan!” Ate Pat replied, thrusting me on the back.

I entered the venue slowly and then BAM! people began to shout. I was blinded for a minute from all the cameras flashing around me. I was literally surrounded with cameras, para akong nasa Hollywood! I smiled and waved at everyone and then a cloud of confusion popped out, “Anong nangyayari?!” “Anong meron dito, bakit nagsisigawan?!” “Bakit nagkagulo eh pumasok lang naman ako?!” not until I saw Gwen–an admin of Maine Lovers– standing few meters away from me; that is when I realized that I wasn’t attending an awarding ceremony. As you could see on the SDE video above, I looked dazed and confused upon entering, I really had no idea what was going on. Aside from all the screams and cameras, the other thing that made me so confused was the party poppers, “Teka.. awarding tapos may paconfetti?! AnUuUu tOooOh! Somebody tell me what is going on!” Gwen walked towards me and handed me a bouquet of yellow and pink carnations. Okay I get it now…

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 It was a surprise birthday party for me–from the people who love me. There were a lot of people in the venue and they were all greeting me a happy birthday as I walk by. I was dumbfounded, I was asking everyone “Ano to!” but I was mentally screaming inside “AH WAIT WHAT TEKA WAIT LANG AH ANO BA TO BAKIT TEKA LANG TALAGA ANO BANG TEKA NGA BIRTHDAY KO BA BAKIT MAY PARTY AY WAIT OO NGA PALA BIRTHDAY KO NA EH PERO BAKIT MAY GANITO ANO BA TO JOKE O ANO PANAGINIP BA ANO PENGENG SAMPAL MGA TWELVE AH OKAY TEKA OHH I SEE BIRTHDAY PARTY SAKIN SURPRISE GANOIN BAKIT INAANO KO BA KAYO BAKIT MAY GANON BAKIT MERONG GANON SINO NAKAKAALAM BAKIT HINDI KO ALAM BAKIT DI KO NATUNUGAN ANO BA I FEEL SO STUPID AND BETRAYED BY EVERYONE” (verbatim yan, charot)
is this real lyf
Nakakaloka ng sobra! I was shocked beyond words! It took a while for me to fully grasp the fact that someone threw a surprise birthday party for me– not just someone, but a group of people who loves me. It wasn’t just a simple birthday party, it was grand. From the idea to the actual set up, everything was grand; the venue, invitations, flow of program, choice of food, choice of flowers, souvenirs, etc. and most especially the people in it. It was well-prepared. And I seriously could not imagine the stress these people had to endure just to make this happen.
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Going through those photos made me shed some tears. I honestly had no idea they did everything from scratch, ngayon lang while scanning the photos! They could’ve just asked and hired people to do it for them or just simply buy ready made stuff from the store but they did not. All for the love; all for me. *sigh* What did I do to deserve all of this?
Going back to the program, Gwen and the admins of other FCs escorted me to the stage and asked me to take a seat and enjoy the show. The emcee for the night, Perky Christian, then went on with the program. An AVP was shown first before anything else– it was composed of birthday messages and wishes coming from my family and friends, faculty of St. Paul Bocaue, and some of Maine FCs.

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So the first surprise was the party itself, second was the birthday AVP, third was..surprise dance numbers by all the present groups that evening. Aside from the party and all, it’s amazing how they were able to prepare their own dance number for me. Each group had their own distinct performance and get-up. Nakakaaliw at nakakatuwa silang lahat, sobra!

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Aside from all the groups, my friends and my family also prepared a dance and song number for me. (I did not even know they were there til it’s time for them to perform; they are the fourth surprise!) They asked me to join them on stage and I had no choice so I ended up dancing and singing with them. Nakakaloka hindi ako prepared! …oh well I am always unprepared. The thing is, sometimes the greatest memories are made in the most unlikely of occasions. It was fun though and somehow embarrassing–not!

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After each group’s performance, all members of their group were asked to go on stage to give their birthday greetings and messages, followed with the blowing of candles. Most of them prepared short but sweet birthday wishes while some composed concise poems for me. Also, they all had their own customized cakes made specially for me! Ang gaganda and ang dami! From small cakes to tiered fondant cakes! I wanted to devour all of it but they are so pretty I don’t even want to touch ’em. I also had this 21 mini cakes held by the people who are close to my heart (family and friends), ang bawat cake ay may kalakip na hiling.

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Another surprise, Ate Lei, who traveled all the way from the States just to attend my 21st birthday party. Kainis ka manggulat.

A 21 roses dance was also done! Phen (the one who made the cocktail dress for me to wear during tamang panahon) made a ready to wear ball skirt for me! (And it’s yellow, yaaay!) Lakas maka debut, no? Starting with the traditional waltz with the men in the family, to my close friends in college, to some of the group admins and members, ending with a song number by my sisters along with my mother.

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Di nya keri. Hala Nay, inaano ka ba?

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Mayonnaise, an alternative rock band, were also present during the party! I was so happy when they performed one of my favorite Coldplay songs–yellow! Abby Camitan also prepared a song for me. She/we sang one of my favorite Ed Sheeran songs–Tenerife Sea. (She asked me to sing along with her but I failed miserably. I ruined the song, I’m sorry Abby and Ed.)

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Lastly, the blowing of MAIN(E) candles and the time for my speech! For everyone’s information, I suck was never good at making speech.
I simply expressed my gratitude to the organizers and sponsors of the party and to everyone who came. Extended my gratitude and appreciation to the other groups and members who weren’t able to come, to the ADN, as well as the team no group, and to everyone else who have always shown their support from the beginning.

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The party ended with photo op and of course..an after party. I was not able to spend the rest of the evening grooving with everyone but I still took some time to sing and revel with them. I sang a few songs (still with Mayonnaise) and I am very happy that everyone was singing along with me. I looked around and saw everybody having an electrifying time; I could tell that they were all elated that evening. It was the best night for most of us.

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Until now I still could not believe that I just had an incredible birthday celebration. Never in my life have I ever imagined that someone would throw a grand party for me. I have always desired to have a birthday party as fancy and grandiose like this. It was something that I thought I’d never experience my whole life– unless I become terribly rich or a celebrity. I don’t know but for some reason I want some events in my life to be grand, considering the fact that I hate big celebrations. Perhaps it’s because I want to experience some things that I only see on television and prove that it could also happen in reality my life.

Just a quick story.. When I celebrated my 18th debut party, it wasn’t as fancy as I wanted it to be. Honestly, it was not the kind of debut I truly wanted. I was not that satisfied with how things turned out, but during that time there was nothing I could do– I was wishing for something very impractical. Although my desired candy land theme was achieved, there was something more that I wanted. I wanted everything to be spectacular; the invitations, the food, the gown I am wearing, the venue set-up etc. I wanted everything to be epic; I wanted everything to turn out exactly the way I imagined it to be. But no, we were not able to carry out my 18th-birthday-party-desires. Still and all, I absolutely had a blast during my party. 😉

Can you imagine how lucky I am to be where I am right now? I don’t think what happened to me and my life 8 months ago commonly happens in real life– no, it doesn’t. I actually sometimes think if someone else–out of 7 billion people in this world– have experienced something magical like this. (I need to Google it!) Seriously though, what happened to me was phenomenal. Again I repeat, I am talking about what happened to me, and not me. God must be working His magic on me and I must be very lucky; not because of the fame or the money, but because aside from making my ultimate dream come true, He bestowed me with great people who will join me along my journey. It’s not everyday you meet people who’d appreciate your existence. It’s not everyday you meet people who’d proudly shout to the world how much they love and admire you.

Let me confess this to all of you, before the surprise party I honestly didn’t think that I have that much supporters. Believe me or not, the number of avid supporters I used to have in my mind was more or less than 25. (I am not kidding!) Perhaps it is because I was always–and will always be–in denial that there are actually people who admires and supports me wholeheartedly for I truly am. It is something that’s hard for me to believe.. I mean, why would people like me? When I, myself, see nothing to like about. Ewan ko.. I feel like nothing can really change the way I look at myself. I used feel like a useless piece of crap–I felt like there is nothing good I could do– and it made me feel awful at times. (That could be the reason why I am not affected by all the bashing I get, because they look at me exactly the way I look at myself.)
For the past twenty years, I’ve always been clouded with negativity. I’ve always hit life back with “No, I can’t” more than “I can and I will”. I can’t blame myself, I got used to seeing the dark side of things which made me cycnical. It’s hard for me to explain as to why I became like this for I never really experienced something terrible in my life. I think it is safe to say that it’s all about mindset and perspective. No matter how hard I try to uplift myself, I always ended up failing and sulking. And it is just now that I am slowly beginning to switch to being optimistic. I am training my mind to look at the bright side of things (though I still fail at times!) That’s the best thing I could do to keep up with this life. I’d say it’s not me who makes me feel good about myself but the people around me; the people who love me and care for me. Yes, they exist, and they are not just twenty five.

Solid Maine United, I don’t how to start thanking you all for everything you’ve done for me–prior and subsequent to the party. But let me start by just simply saying.. thank you. You guys have been there all along and I failed to notice and give you the acknowledgement you deserve. So let me take this chance to thank each one of you..
Mainenatics, Mainesters, Maine Admirers, Maine Lovers, Maineans, Maine Cuties, Maine Society, Maine Girls, Maine Buddies, Maineons, Maine Dubbarkads and all the other groups who weren’t at the party as well as the team-no-groupI thank you all with all my heart. You guys don’t know how happy you are making me and how much encouragement you are all giving me. I don’t know what I have done to deserve your all your adoration, all I know is that God blessed me with people like you. Thank you for making everything about me so special– for making me feel special. Thank you for encouraging me to uplift my spirits. Thank you for the support and concern you have shown and you are gonna give. Thank you for everything you have done and sacrificed, and most especially thank you for the love that you continuously give. I am and will forever be very grateful that once in my life I got to meet and get along with all of you. I may not say this all the time but always remember na mahal na mahal ko kayong lahat na nagmamahal sa akin, maraming maraming maraming salamat sa suporta niyong binibigay sa akin. We are all together in this rollercoaster-ride-kind-of-journey; through ups and downs, through thick and thin. No matter how hard things may seem and get, we are all in this together.

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I love you all. 

P.S. People have been accusing SMU for showing violent hate towards Alden Richards and/or other artists. No, those people are not really part of the group, they are claiming to be part just so people could put the blame on them–us.
Tip: Always keep in mind, just because this certain basher’s Twitter name has the initials of any group does not mean they are a member of it. Anybody could make an account and pretend to be the “biggest fan” of somebody then start saying bad things and make up bad stories about other people. Starting a fight with those kind of individuals would never be worthwhile–save your time and ignore them–never give them the attention they thirst for and the satisfaction they itch for. 
Save your skin from the damaging acids from the mouths of these toxic people. Some haters even claim to be a fan of who they are hating on, then they’ll go start talking sh** on social media accounts, for they know that the way they conduct themselves would reflect on their “idol’s” character. Demolition is as easy and simple as that. Do not be deceived. 

“The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them.”
– Criss Jami

47 Comment

  1. Marilyn says: Reply

    As you said, through think and thin, no matter how hard this journey, you’ll have my support as long as it is needed. You deserve all the blessings that come your way and I am hoping for more in a lifetime.
    Thankful for sharing a bit of who you are and for being your fan.

  2. Crizzia Faye says: Reply

    Thank you for this Ate Menggay nakakaiyak lang talaga sya eh! Sobra It also tickles me when you sa ‘thank you’ and stuff. I wish I was there too but I’m just so far away from Phil. So I was just waiting for your updates and snap–ayun naiiyak ako kasi pauwi pa ako from school. Hahahaha! But I’m so proud to those people who were behind it because I know the ‘sleepless nights’ but because of their love to you they didn’t stop until works are done! Hays. I can really tell that your so lucky. All these things happend to you, WOW. Just WOW. But you deserve it because you bring happiness to all of us! Thank you and I love you so much!

  3. Crizzia Faye says: Reply

    Thank you for this Ate Menggay nakakaiyak lang talaga sya eh! Sobra It also tickles me when you sa ‘thank you’ and stuff. I wish I was there too but I’m just so far away from Phil. So I was just waiting for your updates and snap–ayun naiiyak ako kasi pauwi pa ako from school. Hahahaha! But I’m so proud to those people who were behind it because I know the ‘sleepless nights’ but because of their love to you they didn’t stop until works are done! Hays. I can really tell that your so lucky. All these things happend to you, WOW. Just WOW. But you deserve it because you bring happiness to all of us! Thank you and I love you so much! Hope to see you soon

  4. LOVELORN says: Reply

    So happy for you Meng. Maraming nagmamahal sa iyo. And I like the latter part of this blog, seriously…. Fans should know who are the REAL ones and those who are just PRETENDING to be one. God Bless you Bibi Girl and We all Love you…Mwahh!

  5. Marilyn says: Reply

    The journey of being optimistic could be a lifelong roller coaster ride. Keep your will, be who you are, keep on dreaming, all these will help you go through this journey, and I will be one of those who’ll try to be the wind beneath your wings, so you can fly high.

  6. Hello Maine,
    Reading your blogs, inspired me to start my own blog..you see , you’re such a a good influence..that’s why a lot of people admire you…you have a lot of talents ..I guess talagang malakas ka Kay God..thank you for everything…continue with what ur doing..being a positive good role model for everybody ..more power..God Bless..we love you..

    A fan..
    Nori G..

  7. Ann says: Reply

    Thank you for the love too Menggay! The fact that you’re sharing a piece of your feeling for us made me shed tears too. I am also forever grateful for making us happy all the time. Just remember that I’ll still be here no matter what. I may be from afar fan, I will continuously love you forevermore this is for you NICOMAINE DEI

    Nakakabighaning kagandahan hindi lamang sa panlabas ngunit higit pa sa kalooban

    Isang babaeng hindi pa man naririnig ang huni ng boses ay nagdulot na ng kaligayahan

    Champion sa puso ng karamihan

    O binibining kahit anong gawin ay nagniningning.

    Mahal ng buong nasyon at higit sa lahat ng lalaking may kabutihan din sa puso

    Angat ang pagiging iba at pagiging totoo

    Isang kahanga-hangang katangian na dapat idolohin ng maraming kabataan

    Nagpapahalaga sa opinyon ng kanyang pamilya

    E, kahit nasa pedestal na ang kanyang tinuran ay sumusunod pa rin sa kagustuhan ng magulang

    Diretsuhan kong ibubunyag

    Ekstra kong paghanga sa iyo akin ng ihahayag

    Isa lamang ang aking maihahandog at iyon ay ang suportahan at mahalin ka hanggang sa magpakailanman.

    Yes thank you for recognizing Team No Group! Yay! I get kilig!

  8. Nancy Jeannette says: Reply

    Ang saya.
    Ang galing ng SMU nag effort talaga ng husto for your birthday.
    Deserve mo lahat ng mga natatamasa mo today Maine yang mga blessings na dumarating sa buhay mo talagang nakalaan na yan for you na ibinigay ni God sayo sa TAMANG PANAHON at marami pa ang darating na blessings for you kasi everyday marami ka ring napapaligayang mga tao. Isa kang malaking blessing para sa amin napapasaya mo kami nakakagood vibes ka kasi panoorin kahit sandali ay nalilimutan namin mga problema namin sa tuwing napapanood ka namin THANK YOU. Hindi kami magsasawa na suportahan ka icontinue mo lang yang mga ginagawa mo kasi nandito lang kaming mga nagmamahal sa yo
    Always remember maraming nagmamahal sayo Maine love ka ni God at ng mga taong tunay na sumusuparta at nagmamahal sa iyo. God bless you always hinding hindi kami magsasawa na suportahan ka.

  9. Helen Alkuino says: Reply

    Thank you Maine for sharing this to us. Talagang napakatotoo mong tao, you speak what’s in your heart, no pretentions. I am 52 years of age but I would admit that I am learning from your thoughts. Kung nag-asawa ako at an early age maybe my son would be of your age. May God bless you always.

  10. Mary Ann says: Reply

    Love you Maine! Always remember that every day, every hour, every minute mas maraming fans ang nadadagdag kesa sa umaalis/nababawas. I promise SOLID FAN till forever!

    1. Sador Ikin says: Reply

      Sama ako. Totoo yan, mga fan pages nag-increase ang munbers of subscription or likes, hindi nagbawas.

  11. emzpj16 says: Reply

    You’ve always kept on asking what did u do to deserve all of this? Simple lng, DAHIL MABUTI KANG TAO regardless of your flaws ( for nobody is perfect naman eh) TAMA KA, it’s not about the money, fame or celebrity status for it’s TEMPORARY IN THIs WORLD, it’ s all about how many you’ve touch and inspire lives of millions of FIlipinos and even other race (true yun meng ) yun yong priceless…remember bsta happy ka ganun din ako , kmi pla…

  12. KUDOS Maine for this blog update! What better way of appreciating your followers than thanking them whole-heartedly and this blog just did. So proud of you Maine…you’re beginning to view life in a different perspective but of course it’s not easy, take all the time you need.
    Maraming maraming salamat din Maine…you’ve made this one Mama so proud and happy… waking myself up with the news from my Twitter buddies that you’ve just liked one of my music videos is just surreal. Honestly, I never actually expected that you would view my videos (syempre, I’m just one of your millions of followers, pessimist din kasi) though I always hoped that you would someday (tapos yung someday ko naging today yeeeiii!) THANK YOU!

  13. Dimple says: Reply

    You and your Witty Mind. Thanks for being You…

    – Love you to the Moon and Back-

  14. Erica says: Reply

    Hello Menggay! Finally I got the chance to enter on your blog site, Yes it is.. Its really worth the wait! anyway i am part of Team No Group but i always looked forward in everything that you do from this twitter world, ill get the chance to know you and alden better, My Twitter account is for you and alden .. Thanking us /me would be enough, as long as you and alden are happy and seeing you makes us happy too. Im always be a fan of yours no matter what. Hoping to see you both sa Tamang Panahon.

  15. Susan says: Reply

    I am team no group. I am old enough to be your mom and would feel out of place in a fan club of young people. Nevertheless, I am a fan and have bought all of your magazine covers and most of your product endorsements. I like both you and Alden and it bothers me that there are fans who only love you or those who only love Alden and exchange hate in social media. I know there are people envious of your success and will try to bring you down but you are a very intelligent and sensible young woman and I know you will be able to determine the real from the fake. Continue to be a blessing, Maine!

  16. Aleyyah H. Ebrahim says: Reply

    I like the last part about haters and bashers pretending a fans. Very well said Maine. That is why many people are idolizing you because you are truly good heart. You are real. I may not be super visible to social media since i have daily work to focus with and beside I/m just an individual fan with no group. But this I promise you. I will love and support you till the end. You and Alden.

  17. Aleyyah H. Ebrahim says: Reply

    I like the last part about haters and bashers pretending a fans. Very well said Maine. That is why many people are idolizing you because you are truly have good heart. You are real. I may not be super visible to social media since i have daily work to focus with and beside I/m just an individual fan with no group. But this I promise you. I will love and support you till the end. You and Alden.

  18. RHEDD says: Reply

    you did it your way that’s why we love you.

  19. Eden says: Reply

    Gandaaa. Nice Maine! Sana makita rin kita in person. Mainenatic from Bohol 🙂

  20. Carmela Ann says: Reply

    Thank you Maine, wish you all the best, stay strong on your journey maraming nagmamahal sayo at isa na ako don, i love you.. fr. team-no-group

  21. Jasmin says: Reply

    While In reading your blog update,I found my self in tears.Thank you Maine for showing us how you truly appreciate all of our efforts to support you. Basta nandito lang kami susuportahan ka,dadamayan ka at ipagtatanggol ka anuman ang mangyare.Nandito lang kami sa likod mo na palaging nandyan at nagmamahal sayo.”We Love You Maine, and God Bless!”

  22. Jasmin says: Reply

    While Im reading your blog update,I found my self in tears.Thank you Maine for showing us how you truly appreciate all of our efforts to support you. Basta nandito lang kami susuportahan ka,dadamayan ka at ipagtatanggol ka anuman ang mangyare.Nandito lang kami sa likod mo na palaging nandyan at nagmamahal sayo.”We Love You Maine, and God Bless!”

  23. Rich says: Reply

    Finally I got the chance to read this blog. Been trying before pero di ako mkapasok. Well anyways, you are so blessed and loved. God gave you an avalanche of blessings so you can share more blessings to other people. I will always be thankful to your generosity of sharing your talent and making us smile and even laugh everyday. I guess I am part of that team no-group but I can say that you got my genuine love and support. And sana talaga I can have that greatest chance to meet you. Kasama na din mom ko na super fan mo din. God bless Meng!

  24. Rosalinda Pacheco says: Reply

    stay strong Meng. keep up on inspriring people, a model sa mga kabataan. continously share your blessing to the needy. God always guide you in evertyhing you do. Keep on praying. and kapit lang kay Lord. you are giving us unexplanable saya. sort of magical feeling. makita ka namin na masaya. God bless both of you and Alden. masaya kaming nakikita kayong overflowing ang happiness at love sa isat isa. take care of each other.

  25. Linda says: Reply

    Wow! Nakakaiyak naman sa tuwa. I am sure your own family felt that overwhelming happiness for you. If I am your mom and skeptic of you being in showbiz, how can I remain against it with so much love from your fans. This event must cost a fortune. We spent $22K for 100 guests on our daughter’s cotillion in 2006. This affair put together by your fans is far more impressive. Because you seem so fragile to me, I was afraid for you getting hurt in the long run in this business. But, with this so much love and support, if ever the day comes when you have to shed a tear, there’re too many of them to hug you to make you feel better. How can a mom complain? I only watch EB for SB and KS to watch you. I walk away and do something else on the other segments. The shortened KS lately is disappointing but I will continue to follow you in whatever you do.

  26. kitcath says: Reply

    Hi Meng! Kaloka, sobrang late ng notif dumating sa dami ng nagbabasa ng blog mo. I’m team no-group and I truly admire you for being so grounded in spite of all the fame and fortune. Will silently support/patronize you all the way. Congrats too to SMU for all the hard works and efforts. Labor of Love talaga 🙂

  27. Jas says: Reply

    happy for you meng…you deserve this because you have a good heart…keep it up!

  28. aurora a.navarra says: Reply

    Hi Maine, Just like many of your fans, i’m old enough to be your mother, but am proud to be one. And at this age of mine, i find you a woman of substance, witty, happy lang, intelligent and most of all pure and gentle of heart. Many and millions adore you, but some will dislike you, -that you have to face the harsh reality of showbiz. Alden is showbiz (no pun intended) i love you both to be together. Discern if you will – God will guide you and strengthen you, because God loves you. Just be careful with your heart!

  29. GISELLE says: Reply

    WOW napaka MYSTERIOUS mo ATE MENG!!! magkapareha po tayo ng PANANAW sa sarili… at ATTITUDE ung TIPONG di mo pa alam ang GUSTO MO MAGING sa BUHAY mo.. ung gusto mo lang eh maging masaya (with slight of kalokohan) and feel the love of your family and friends. I KNOW THAT GOD is STILL BUSY TO WRITE MY STORY..basta ate MENG IDOL kita kasi WHERE the SAME… A BIG APPLAUSE to you…. sana MAKITA na kita:) DASAL KA PALAGI.. I LOVE YOU:)

  30. Kath says: Reply

    Hi Maine,

    Sana mabasa mo ito (fingers crossed). I’m one of your No Team group. Pero kahit ganun, lagi lang akong nakasuporta sa inyo ni Alden 🙂 Ang daming gumagawa ng issues at alam ko somehow naaapektuhan ka rin. Basta baby girl, tandaan mo na marami kaming nagmamahal sa’yo at laging maniniwala sa kakayanan nyo. Maraming maraming salamat sa araw-araw na pagpapasaya at pagpapakilig nyo sa’min. You and Alden bring joy in our lives. Excited na kami sa movie nyo, super! Hindi man namin kayo makikita madalas since you’ll be busy in your taping, okay lang, alam namin na gift nyo yan sa’min.

    Maine, sana lagi kang maging masaya. At kung bigla kang malungkot or may marinig ka or mabasa na hindi maganda, deadmahin mo lang. Alam namin na matatag ka, kayong dalawa. You deserve all the blessings! Salamat dahil pinili mo na maging artista at dahil dyan, ang dami mong napapasaya at naiinspire. Maraming maraming salamat sa inyo ni Alden! 🙂 We only pray the best for both of you. GOD bless on your movie! Enjoy Italy 🙂

    Love,
    Ate Kath

  31. chi urbano says: Reply

    hi Meng, ur so talented. galing mong writer.
    keep on writing kse nakakainspire eh. u and Alden are always included in my daily prayers(first time kong ginawa sa edad kong ito, im 51)
    u were the daughter that i wish i had. kahit may isa akong anak na kaseng edad mo, admiring u from afar makes me feel that somehow u are kind of a daughter to me that i will protect and support all the way. loveya Meng, God bless!

  32. Shinette says: Reply

    You always ask yourself kung bakit ikaw or what u did to get all the things you have now. And i think that’s exactly why people love adore and support you because for everything little thing you do, it came out naturally from you. With a small laugh you gave to people it actually can change their day that would even last forever (see ,may forever tlaga sayo) and can even give a motivation and a lot of reasons to be happy everyday. Thanks Maine..

  33. I do admire people but becoz of you i was pushed to be in twitter to be updated w/ you. And i never commented to any post just here, kasama mo kami through ups and downs… Just always be grounded and keep God in the center of your life. Be with God in your journey and He will establish your plans (Proverbs 16:3) Take care of your health so we don’t worry much about you, GOD BLESS

  34. arlene says: Reply

    hi Maine ,u deserve all the admiration from all of us , if u only knew what joy and happiness u bring whenever I’m watching EB.

  35. Elisha Vidal says: Reply

    Hi ate meng, what is your WP theme, is that a premium theme?

  36. Marlyn R.Bulanadi says: Reply

    Meng you are a inspiration, i really look up to you. Walang iwan sabi mo nga diba through thick and thin i am here we here for u to support to love ipagtanggol ka sa khit na sino at ano paman. mahal na mahal ka namin. Godbless ingat always(pabebe wave) sana makita at makilala na kita soon and sana kahit isang selfie lang hahaha nakaka tomboy ka pwamis.more power sa inyu ni alden.

  37. alelli says: Reply

    simple and ordinary follower here, a No Team Group as well and just enjoying every bit of the way you are taking… just keep your feet on the ground and all things will go your way! all the best always!

  38. EM says: Reply

    Thank you for blogging Maine and thank you for sharing with us your innermost thoughts, even if at times too much honesty puts you in trouble. Thank you for making an impact on the lives of so many and making a lot of people happy, for being amusing, raw, real, spontaneous, and crazy at one moment and yet subdued, scared and aloof in another. In other words, thank you for being interesting and different from the status quo. It is what sets you apart from the rest. Don’t be so hard on yourself and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect and even the saints started out as sinners. Do keep your presence on social media, YT, etc. It’s where you started, your competitive advantage, and where people started following you. Keep on writing, even, or especially, if it’s non-KS related; of simple things like the people you meet, of an old man or woman in the streets that made you cry. … of your travels, of your journey to the world out there, of inspirations and of lessons learned. That way, we could still get a sense of the real you, of what this journey has made of you. Don’t be afraid to try something new, but bear in mind of your limits and boundaries and remember, you don’t have to become the part you play. Finally, may your “mark” be that of your talents and not so much out of the gimmickry that abounds in showbiz. It is OK to say no at times and people ought to respect it. You’ve entered this industry in a not so typical way, and I sincerely hope it has and will make you a better person. Looking forward to more good things to come your way. Chao.

  39. thank you for sharing your thoughts, shed some tears for happiness. basta thank you so much. keep inspiring people and make them feel happy. thank you talaga

  40. Jam Bautista says: Reply

    Hi Ms. Maine. Everyday binabasa ko mga writings mo. kailan po kaya ang susunod ?? #hoping Thank you in advance nyayayahha

  41. Jennifer Garcia says: Reply

    Hi Maine! This may probably be one of those comments na matatabunan na. Nevertheless, I just want to thank you for being a positive being in my life, our lives. Pag bad trip ako, nanonood lang talaga ako ng mga Kalyeserye videos nyo, ok na ako ulit. Masyado stressful ang job ko (anong job ba ang hindi? hehe), so seeing you, watching you is something that I really look forward to. Medyo pessimist optimist din ako tulad mo. Bipolar nga daw ako eh. Haha! But always remember that no matter what happens in your life, hindi ka ilalagay ni Lord sa sitwasyon na yun unless He knows that you’ll get through it. Adik lang di ba? But seriously, life is a never-ending challenge. We just have to have Faith.

    Will be looking forward to your movie with Alden. Thank you and God bless you lots and lots!

  42. Marianne Canto says: Reply

    Hala, ina-ano ka ba..? You made us cry on this.. I am one from Team No Group but really feel as one of your family or friends for being so nice to your fans.. you really deserve every blessings God has pouring on you. And I am praying for continue blessing and the best for you and to Alden. Both of you are really good people that serves as inspiration, bagay talaga kayo.. Sana ma-meet ko kayo one day and maintindihan ako ng husband ko and kids kung anong nakita ko sa inyo ni Alden. Gaya ako ng iba na ngayon lang naging fan. Actually, my husband really like Alden since he started but ako hindi.. Nung naging love team kayo ni Alden, don lang ako nagstart na maging fan ni Alden.. kaya God really gave you to Alden para sa akin.. pero syempre, sya din naman bigay sau..

  43. Marianne Canto says: Reply

    Eh, Maine, ina-ano ka ba..? You made us cry on this. I am from team no group but I really feel as one from your family and friends, for you’re being nice to your fans. You deserves all the blessings that God has pouring you. And I pray that it may continue and have the best for you and Alden. You’re both an inspiration. Sana ma-meet ko kayo and maintindihan ng husband ko and kids kung anong nakita ko sa inyo. Actually, this is my first time to be a fanatic kumbaga. And it’s my husband that was really the first to like Alden since he started on teleserye. But me, I just started to like Alden ng maging love team kayo.. sobrang bagay kayo! Kaya God really gave you to Alden and same for Alden to you, para sakin ha.. excited na ko to watch IYAM.

  44. I REALLY MISS YOU MAINE 🙁

  45. ANTONETTE says: Reply

    sobrang namimiss na kita maine. You always made me happy for just seeing you or hearing your voice. all I pray is for you to be happy and continue for having a big heart that not everybody can see.

  46. Anna Karenina Macatiag says: Reply

    Finally, I have the chance to read your blog and I decided to read your birthday blog. I like the way you write, very genuine and it is an inspiration. And I like the way you encourage ADN to avoid the haters, etc. Only goes to show that you care not only to your co-artists but also your fans which is really rarely seen to most of the artists today. Much love. <3

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