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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 3, 2021



MAINE MENDOZA now has two daily shows. Aside from “Eat Bulaga” at noontime, you can now watch her at night in BuKo (for Buhay Komedya) Channel’s “#Maine Goals”, Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 8 PM. 

And she also has “Daddy’s Gurl” on GMA-7 and “PoPinoy” on TV5, making her one of the most visible TV personalities today.

BuKo is a special channel devoted to showing all day, all night feel good comedy shows 24/7. 

At the zoom presscon for Buko’s start of operations last Monday afternoon, Maine was at a beach resort where she is taping some of her encounters with animals. 

“We are training some dolphins,” she says. “I’m enjoying doing this show as it’s like going through some new adventures. 

"It’s a vlog type kind of show where we take our audience with us to join us in all the adventures that we do.” 

How involved is she in the show? 

“I’m very much involved mula pa nang simulan itong planuhin two years ago. 

"I’m grateful that ‘#Maine Goals’ is produced by APT Entertainment who’s managing me. They listen to what I have to say. 

"Para ngang hindi work kasi kung ano ang mga bagay na gusto kong gawin, yun ang ginagawa namin. 

"Parang hindi ako nagtatrabaho and, at the same time, andaming learnings and new experiences for me. 

"I get to do things that you won’t expect me to do, pero ginawa ko. Basta alang alang sa ‘#Maine Goals’, laban lang.” 

Since she’s now in a comedy channel, would she call herself a comedian? 

“Parang ang hirap for me to consider myself na comedian ako, but it’s good I’m surrounded by good comedians sa ‘Eat Bulaga’ pa lang. 

"But doing comedy, naging happy din ang buhay ko, lighter and brighter.”

The show’s director, Mike Tuviera, says Maine is a natural comedian as she’s effortlessly funny and witty. 

“Thanks, but I have to give credit sa mga kasama ko sa ‘#Maine Goals’. 

"With them, the laughs come out naturally and I’m so satisfied kasi bucket list ko ito and I get to fulfill my checklist. 

"Iba ang feeling of fulfillment when you get to do something you thought you won’t achieve, pero nagawa ko pala, naging goals accomplished dahil sa show na ito.” 

Her book, “Yup, I AM that Girl”, has her bucket list. 

“So inuuna nila yung mga gusto kong gawin doon sa list ko. Isa na rito ang farming experience ko. 

"Noon ko pa gusto ko ma-try how to live in a farm so nagawa ko yun dito and I truly learned a lot, like how to operate a tractor, kung paano gumapas. 

"Nagustuhan ko, so now, nagpapahanap na ako sa mommy ko ng mabibiling lupa as I want to have my own farm. I want to plant tomatoes kasi I really enjoyed harvesting kamatis. 

"What I really learned while doing the show is for you not to be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Do it now kasi you’re not sure kung magkakaroon pa ng next time.”