Kapuso stars Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza were hailed PEPsters' Choice of Newsmakers of the Year and Celebrity Pair of the Year at THE PEP LIST Year 4.
Alden and Maine, collectively known as AlDub, emerged as the top choices among PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) readers, in an online poll which ran from May 29 to July 4, 2017.
The votes were verified by Punongbayan & Araullo Associates, PEP's official auditing partner.
This is the second time that AlDub won the same categories.
Alden and Maine were also named PEPsters' Choice of Newsmakers of the Year and Celebrity Pair of the Year at The PEP List Year 3 Awards Night, held at Crowne Plaza Hotel last August 21, 2016.
AlDub bested seven other love teams, including Barbie Forteza and Andre Paras (AnBie), Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga (DanRich), Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid (GabRu), Nadine Lustre and James Reid (JaDine), Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla (KathNiel), Kim Chiu and Xian Lim (KimXi), and Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil (LizQuen).
Meanwhile, the other nominees for Newsmaker of the Year were Agot Isidro, Andi Eigenmann, Vivian Velez and Cristine Reyes, James Reid and Nadine Lustre, Jessy Mendiola, Kris Aquino, Mocha Uson, Sharon Cuneta, and Sunshine Dizon.
Members of the PEP.ph editorial staff (L-R)—including Nikko Tuazon, James Patrick Anarcon, and Rachelle Siazon—surprised Alden right after his birthday event titled One Fine Day with the Bae at Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna with his most loyal fans on Saturday night, January 6.
"On behalf of Maine po, I'm very happy to receive this award," he told PEP in a short interview.
He continued, "Matutuwa yun for sure pag makita niya 'to."
Alden expressed his gratitude to their fans for their unwavering support.
The Kapuso actor said, "To everyone who voted for us po, to AlDub nation, to PEPsters po, maraming salamat for this recognition.
"What a way to start 2018, maraming salamat po."
Alden officially turned 26 years old last January 2.
For his birthday, he wished, "Sana stability, more blessings, and sana mas marami pang matulungan this year na charity... to do more charity events and more events like this to my supporters and fans."
Other PEPsters' Choice winners are Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon, who were named Female and Male Breakout Stars of the Year; Barbie Forteza, who won Female Comedy Actress of the Year; and Governor Vilma Santos, who was hailed as Movie Star of the Year.
Meanwhile, the PEP Editorial Team picked Dimples Romana as Teleserye Supporting Actress of the Year award and Sylvia Sanchez as Teleserye Actress of the Year.
More winners from both PEPsters' and Editors' Choice categories will be announced in the coming days.