SHOWBIZ WEDGE: How did Liza Soberano and Maine Mendoza make headlines this week?

Liza Soberano and Maine Mendoza emerged as the most-talked about stars last week.

Photo from @lizasoberano’s Instagram account

People have talked about Liza as soone as Star Cinema announced that she will be playing as the modern Darna. In addition, Liza’s performance as 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach in “Maalaala Mo Kaya” has received a lot of praise from netizens.

Photo from @mainedcm’s Instagram account

Meanwhile, Maine became the center of social media when she was being romantically linked to comedian Sef Cadayona. The issue between Maine and Sef did not dit well with some of her fans, leading to bashing that apparently made the “Eat Bulaga” host to deactivate her Twitter account.


After the success of her film, “My Ex and Whys”, with onscreen partner Enrique Gil, Liza was introduced recently by Star Cinema as the new actress who will play the iconic role of Darna.

Liza Soberano holding Darna comics | Photo from @143redangel’s Instagram account

On May 30, Darna and Liza trended on Twitter worldwide after Star Cinema ended the speculations that the Kapamilya star is set to fly as the Pinay superhero soon.

“Darna” and “Liza Soberano” trended worldwide as soon as Star Cinema confirmed Liza’s role as Darna

“Yes, it’s confirmed! Tinatanggap ko na po ang role na Darna,” said Liza during her interview with ABS-CBN News reporter MJ Felipe.

READY TO FLY: Liza has accepted the role of Darna

The announcement initially met mixed reactions from the netizens. Some others expressed their excitement by making some fanarts dedicated for Liza in the form of Darna. On the other hand, some netizens disagreed with Star Cinema’s decision due to Liza’s lack of “Pinay beauty and accent.”

Lou Palomar’s take on the modern Darna | Photo from The Art of Lou Palomar’s Faceook page
Gabriel Santos’ take on Liza as Darna | Photo from Gabriel Santos’ Facebook account

Thanks to her portrayal as Pia Wurtzbach, Liza has convinced a lot of people that she could perfectly play the role of Darna. Her stint in “Maalaala Mo Kaya” drew rave reviews from netizens, she even trended worldwide on Twitter.

The episode also scored a rating of 36.2% versus “Magpakailanman’s” 19.9%, based on Kantar Media.

Photo from @mmkofficial’s Instagram account

More over, United Kingdom’s TC Candler revealed Liza Soberano as one of their official candidate for their list of 100 Most Beautiful Faces in the World. Last year, the Kapamilya actress placed second, behind supermodel Jourdan Dunn.

Liza Soberano this week:

Feeing blessed

Go, girl!

The falling star

It is evident that Maine’s first-ever teleserye with Alden Richards “Destined to Be Yours” was a major disappointment when it failed to beat its rival, “My Dear Heart”.

The still-comatosed Heart suffocated “Destined to Be Your’s” final week before its silent death on May 26. The Kapamilya teleserye got an average weekly rating of 10.1% versus AlDub series’ 9.8%, based on AGB Nielsen NUTAM People survey.

“My Dear Heart” versus “Destined to Be Yours” final week based on AGB NUTAM People’s Ratings

To make the situation worse, some of the members of AlDub Nation aggressively attacked Sef Cadayona on Twitter for supposedly pursuing Maine. Last week, Maine posted series of photos on her Instagram Story. This caught the attention of most of the AlDub Nations, leading to “social media investigation” that triggered them to insist that Maine and Sef are secretly dating.

A fan asking for clarifications about Maine and Sef’s rumored relationship

Eventually, the “Eat Bulaga” host appealed to her fans to refrain from throwing harsh criticisms to people through social media. To her fans’ surprise, Maine apparently deactivated her Twitter account. AlDub Nation has speculated the reason behind Maine’s post was due to intractable behavior of her fans.

Her action seems like she forgot that she was once a basher. Hence, she was the one who needed to understand her fans’s behavior.

Maine Mendoza this week:

T*nginang buhay ‘to!

Well, let’s just wait for Maine to reactivate her Twitter and explain her side.

ABOUT: Showbiz Wedge is a weekly column written by Keneth Quinto. The column focuses on the ups and downs of the most talked-about personalities in show business. E-mail reactions at [email protected] For more updates, photos and videos visit or follow me on,


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