Yaya Dub is the Filipino Twitter queen.
Yesterday, Twitter Philippines tweeted (naturally) a list of the Top 10 most-tweeted celebrities in 2017 and our very own Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza is at number five. This comes even after Mendoza took a 4-month Twitter hiatus earlier this year.
We repeat, Maine Mendoza is the fifth-most tweeted celebrity not just in the Philippines, but the entire world.
She is above two former One Direction members Niall Horan and Harry Styles and just a notch below Justin Bieber.
This year has been the year of K-pop as @BTS_twt @pledis_17 @OfficialMonstaX dominated the list of most Tweeted celebrities around the world. @mainedcm ranks #5 in the list, cementing her status as one of the hottest celebrities on Twitter. Congratulations! 💃#ThisHappened pic.twitter.com/H5AODjPN4O
— Twitter Philippines (@TwitterPH) December 5, 2017
Mendoza is a social media star through and through. She gained popularity through the app Dubsmash where she lip-synced to dialogue from local popular culture. Popular noon-time variety show Eat Bulaga took notice and added her to their cast.
Since 2015, she has played Yaya Dub in their Kalyeserye (street series) segment alongside her love team partner Alden Richards. AlDub, as their love team is more popularly known, was so popular online that they set a world record in 2015 for the most used hashtag in 24 hours with more than 4.7 million uses.
Twitter is also Mendoza’s social media of choice for posting important announcements. Last week, she used the platform to ask their rabid fanbase to stop bashing her family and friends.
“It hurts me how some of you are so capable and proud of throwing so much hate on others — especially on people who care about us. Family and friends outside the industry are being taken into the wrong context even if they don’t have anything to do with the issues thrown at us. All I ask is respect,” she said in an open letter.
Mendoza also, once and for all, clarified that she and Richards are not dating in real life — something the public was led to believe.
The Philippines has been called the social media capital of the world. A study by social media management platform Hootsuite and consultancy group We Are Social Ltd released in January revealed that Filipinos spend the most time on social media than anyone else in the world.