March 31, 1987
|Other names||Vince Saldaña, BJ|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Relatives||Piolo Pascual (uncle)|
Benjamin Sapida (born March 31, 1987), better known as Benjamin Alves, is a Filipino actor and model under the management of GMA Network. He is 26 years old, born on March 31, 1987 and a nephew of Filipino actor, Piolo Pascual. He is an upcoming leading man for a movie, Guni-Guni under Regal Films.
Life and career
Benjamin Alves, a nephew of famous Filipino actor, Piolo Pascual grew up in Guam. In 2006, he went to the Philippines to try a career in modelling. He was then launched into show business as Vince Saldaña in 2008 appearing on ABS-CBN's reality model-search competition Close-Up to Fame where he became a finalist. He was then signed up as a VIVA artist and launched his first acting career on QTV’s teen series POSH and other Viva Films movies like Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo and Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat in 2007. He also starred on soap operas Dalawang Tisoy in RPN-9, Ysabella on ABS-CBN and Impostora on GMA Network. Aside from television guestings and movie appearances, he also appeared on various commercials and on magazine covers. He appeared as model in many pictorials and has even appeared as a cover of a gay magazine, Discreet. He was supposed to be one of the cast of GMA Network's L.U.V. Pow but was withdrawn after the cast reboot. Alves left show business in 2009 to continue his studies. On 2012, he graduated Summa cum laude at the University of Guam under the English Literature degree. He told the press that he wanted to have a masters degree but he decided to go full-time in showbiz first since the opportunity is already there. He began in commercial for businesses such as Docomo Pacific in 2012.
2012-present: Contract with GMA and Guni-Guni
Saldaña was relaunched into show business as Benjamin Alves by Mercator Model and Artist Management. He signed an exclusive contract to GMA Network signing a 3 movie outfit and soap operas. He was officially launched in a Sunday variety show, Party Pilipinas on June 25, 2012 as the newest Kapuso star, and was also dubbed as the newest Kapuso heartthrob. His first movie will be under Regal Films entitled Guni-Guni playing as Paolo Lopez. He will act as a love interest of actress, Lovi Poe. He will also appear on GMA Films's entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival, Coño Problems. On August 2012, Alves was announced as one of the casts for the remake of the famous Korean series, Coffee Prince. He acted as Errol, a record-producer and half-brother of Abrenica.
|2012||Party Pilipinas||Performer||GMA Network|
|Pare & Pare||Guest|
|Coffee Prince||Errol Ochoa|
|Wagas: Tamis ng unang Pag-ibig||Reynaldo Manansala||GMA News TV|
|2007||Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo||Jojo||Star Cinema, VIVA Films|
|Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat||Junior||VIVA Films|
|2012||Guni-Guni||Paolo||GMA Films, Regal Films|
- Benjamin Alves: New Kapuso! GMA Network. Video. Retrieved 06-26-2012
- New Kapuso contract star Benjamin Alves says comparison to cousin Piolo Pascual is "unavoidable" Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Vince Saldana is a step closer to showbiz fame Philippine Star. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Benjamin Alves as Jojo in Apat Dapat IMDb. Retrieved 06-26-2012
- Benjamin Alves considers Showbiz comeback a second chance Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Benjamin Alves on Dalawang Tisoy IMDb. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Ysabella on ABS-CBN IMDb. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Impostora Full Cast. IMDb. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Newcomer Vince Saldana Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Benjamin Alves gives showbiz another crack with a new name and talent management Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Benjamin Alves: A mix of all things dangerous Philippine Star. Gabby Tatad. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Benjamin Alves, ipinakilala na bilang bagong heartthrob ng GMA! Remate Philippines. Author: Noel Asinas. Column: On The Set. Retrieved 06-27-2012.
- Benjamin Alves: bagong kapuso Hearthrob GMA Network. Balitanghali. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- Newcomer Benjamin Alves paired with Lovi Poe Showbiz-Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- 2012 MMFF Official entries Manila Bulettin Online. Retrieved 06-26-2012
- MMFF announces 8 official entries Yahoo Philippines. Author: Walden Martinez Belen. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
- The Curious Case Of Benjamin Alves Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 08-17-2012
- Kris Bernal feels pressure of playing female lead in Coffee Prince: "Sinasabi ng iba, hindi raw bagay sa akin... Pero sa akin naman, hindi, paghuhusayan ko." By Ruben Marasigan. PEP.ph. Retrieved 08-17-2012
- Garcia, Rose. "Benjamin Alves admits being attracted to Coffee Prince co-star Max Collins; says Rachelle Ann Go is his "best friend"". PEP. Retrieved 21 October 2012.