Maja Salvador

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Maja Salvador
Maja Salvador in Toronto 2014 01.jpg
Maja Salvador performing in Toronto, 2014
Born Maja Ross Andres Salvador
(1988-10-05) October 5, 1988 (age 26)
Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • recording artist
Years active 2003–present
Agent Star Magic (2003–present)
Relatives Ross Rival (father)
Thelma Andres (mother)
Jobelle Salvador (aunt)
Phillip Salvador (uncle)
Janella Salvador (cousin)
Musical career
Labels Ivory Music & Video

Maja Ross Andres Salvador (born October 5, 1988) is a Filipina actress, dancer, model, and producer. Salvador is a member of a family of actors which includes her father, Ross Rival, cousin, Jobelle Salvador, and uncle Phillip Salvador.[1] She is currently under the management of ABS-CBN's Star Magic and is regarded as the "Dance Princess of the Philippines".[2] In 2011, Salvador co-produced and portrayed the title role in the film Thelma, which earned her the Gawad Urian Award and the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for best actress.[3][4]


Salvador started her acting career as a supporting character in the 2003 TV series It Might Be You[5] which was then top-billed by John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. She was later on cast as one of the lead characters in Spirits[6] the following year and has appeared in several episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya.

In 2006, Salvador made her film debut as one of the supporting characters in the horror movie Sukob[7] wherein she portrayed the role of a clairvoyant young girl. This earned her several accolades including the Star Award for Movies for New Movie Actress of the Year and the Golden Screen Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress, as well as a nomination at the FAMAS Awards for Best Supporting Actress. That same year, she also starred as a social climber teenage girl in the film First Day High[8] and was also critically acclaimed for her portrayal as a teenager suffering from cerebral palsy in the "Regalo" episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya.[9] For the latter, Salvador earned a nomination for Best Single Performance by an Actress at the Star Awards for Television[10] but lost to co-star Vilma Santos, who played as her mother in the said episode.[11]

Salvador reunited with John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo in the 2007 box-office movie One More Chance.[12] Her portrayal in the film was highly regarded by movie buffs, describing her "perfect" and "luminous".[13] The role gained her a Star Award for Movies nomination for Movie Supporting Actress of the Year. During this year, she was also cast as one of the three leads in the TV series Pangarap na Bituin along with Sarah Geronimo and Rica Peralejo.[10]

In 2009, she top-billed the afternoon drama series Nagsimula sa Puso,[10] a remake of the 1990 film of the same title, in addition to appearing as one of the principal characters in the primetime drama May Bukas Pa.[14] Salvador also starred in films such as Villa Estrella[15] and Shake Rattle and Roll XI[16] which was an entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival. She later on starred in the television series Impostor in 2010 and in the horror film Cinco.[17][18]

Salvador, in 2011, was cast as one of the main characters in the critically acclaimed family-military drama series Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin.[19] That same year, she also co-produced the independent film Thelma,[20] with which she also starred in the title role. Her performance in the film was praised by Philippine Entertainment Portal's Bong Godinez, stating in his review that Salvador gives an "impressive performance" and that she "brandished her depth as an actress without going overboard".[21] He also added that she "[dishes] out the emotions in an understated manner". However, Tessa Guazon of the Young Critics Circle - Film Desk criticized Salvador's performance by saying that there are failures in "conflict and depth".[22] Furthermore, she mentioned that Salvador was out of track in the movie and that she "missed [the] subtle leap". Despite mixed reviews on the film, Salvador went on and won the Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress as well as the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress.[3][4]

In 2012, Salvador starred in the afternoon drama series Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin as Janine Castillo, and subsequently in the primetime soap Ina, Kapatid, Anak alongside Kim Chiu in the title role as Margaux Marasigan.[17][23] She also starred in films My Cactus Heart and 24/7 in Love.[24][25]

As of 2014, Salvador starred as Nicole Esquivel in the highly controversial teleserye, The Legal Wife, alongside Angel Locsin, Jericho Rosales, and JC De Vera. After The Legal Wife, Salvador is set to do another teleserye, confirmed by ABS-CBN and Salvador herself.

Music career[edit]

On December 2013, it was announced that Salvador had signed a recording contract with Ivory Music & Video. While recording the album, Salvador worked with award-winning arranger and producer, Jonathan Ong. By March 2014, she revealed through her Instagram account that the title will be Believe along with its track listing which contains mainly original composition and two cover songs.[26] The carrier single, "Dahan-Dahan", was released on March 6 while the album was released nationwide on March 25. The album also features collaborations with rapper Abra and Project Pinas. Salvador also co-wrote a song titled "Buong Gabi".[27] She released her firsl single from the said album titled "Dahan Dahan".

On June 8, 2014, the album was eventually certified gold for selling over 7,500 copies nationwide and Salvador appeared on ASAP to receive a Gold Record award. She also staged her first major sold out concert entitled "MAJ: The Legal Performer" on July 12 at the Music Museum.[28]

In September 14, 2014 she released her second single called "Halikan Na" featuring Abra. The same month the music reached at no. 7 in the top 10 Philippine pop music.

Personal life[edit]

In 2013 Salvador joined the PETA campaign to Free Mali from captivity in Manila zoo and have her transferred to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary where she can be given proper treatment and care. Mali is the only captive elephant in the Philippines and the zoo does not have adequate knowledge or resources to properly care for her.[29]



Year Title Role Network Notes
2003 It Might Be You[5] Cara Victorino ABS-CBN
2004 Spirits[6] Gabby
2004-2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Various Roles 13 Episodes
Nominated — Star Award for Television for Best Single Performance by an Actress (for Episode: "Regalo")[10]
2006 Your Song Presents: Akin Ka Na Lang Kate
Sa Piling Mo Marisa
Your Song Presents: Sayang Ang Lahat Charmaine
Komiks Presents: Momay Momay
Love Spell Presents: Home Switch Home Shine
Star Magic Presents: Sabihin Mo Lang Celine
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Merrydith Ambing
2006–present ASAP Performer/Host
2007 Love Spell Presents: Shoes Ko Po, Shoes Ko 'Day! Dianne
Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Marie
Pangarap na Bituin[30][10] Kimmy Bautista/Ruby Gomez
2008 Sineserye Presents: Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara[31] Agnes
Your Song Presents: Kapag Ako ay Nagmahal Andrea Rivera 5 Episodes
Komiks Presents: Kapitan Boom[32] Melody
2009 Komiks Presents: Nasaan Ka Maruja?[33] Leila
Nagsimula sa Puso[10][34] Celina Fernandez 75 Episodes
2009-2010 May Bukas Pa[14] Stella Rodrigo
2010 Your Song Presents: Love Me, Love You Teacher 2 Episodes
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Impostor[17][35] Mariz Florencio/Devin Ventura
Wansapanataym Inday Episode: "Inday sa Balitaw"[36]
2011 Your Song Presents: Kim Romelyn Episode: "Best Friends Forever"
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin[19] Krista/Kaye Villanueva-Del Tierro 118 Episodes
2011-2012 My Binondo Girl[37] Amber Dionisio 61 Episodes
2012 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin[17] Janine del Castillo 73 Episodes
Toda Max Darling Episode: "Darling"
2012-2013 Ina, Kapatid, Anak[2][23] Margaux Marasigan-Castillo 178 Episodes
2014 The Legal Wife[38] Nicole Esquivel 98 Episodes
Give Love on Christmas: The Gift of Life Melissa Francisco 10 Episodes
2015 Bridges Of Love[39] Mia Sandoval


Year Title Role Producer Notes
2006 Sukob[10] Joya Star Cinema Golden Screen Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress[10]
Star Award for Movies for New Movie Actress of the Year[10]
Nominated — FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress[10]
Nominated — Gawad PASADO Award for Best Supporting Actress[10]
First Day High[8] Precious Princess Jewel "Pré" Samartino
2007 My Kuya's Wedding[40] Kat Regal Films
One More Chance[10][12] Trisha Star Cinema Nominated — Star Award for Movies for Movie Supporting Actress of the Year
2008 Kelly! Kelly! (Ang Hit na Musical) Kelly
2009 Villa Estrella[15] Giselle/Andrea
Shake Rattle and Roll XI[16] Claire Regal Films Segment: "Diablo"
2010 Cinco[18] Rose Star Cinema Segment: "Mata"
Father Jejemon[41] Isabel RVQ Productions
2011 Thelma[20] Thelma Time Horizon Pictures
Underground Logic
Star Cinema
Also producer
Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress[2][4][42]
Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress[3]
Nominated — Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama)
Nominated — Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year[43]
2012 My Cactus Heart[24] Sandy Skylight Films
24/7 in Love[25] Barbara Alcaraz Star Cinema
2013 Status: It's Complicated[44] Rina Regal Films

Awards & Nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Alip, Nap. "Salvador family: Is Maja indifferent towards her clan?". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Cruz, Marinel. "What Maja has learned in 10 years in show biz". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Calderon, Ricky. "Maja Salvador wins Gawad Urian's Best Actress award for Thelma". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Reyes, William. "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story big winner at FAP's Luna Awards". GMA News Online. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Global, ABS-CBN. "It Might Be You". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Global, ABS-CBN. "Spirits". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Click the City. "Sukob". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Wells, Avante. "Maja in high spirits". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Lo, Ricky. "Body Talk with Maja Salvador". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Corpuz, David. "Maja Salvador's Top Five". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Jarloc, Glaiza. "Vilma’s MMK episode airs again tonight (12:43 p.m.)". Sun Star. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Garcia, Rose. "Maja Salvador experiences first reel and real kissing with John Lloyd Cruz". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Hernandez, Marian Joy. "Why Even Men Cried Over It". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Quintos, Napoleon. "Is Carlo Aquino courting Maja Salvador again?". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  15. ^ a b ABS-CBN Corporate Communications. "Maja Salvador earns praise from ‘Villa Estrella’ director". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  16. ^ a b PEP. "Lamang lupa, demons and a haunted wedding gown wreak havoc in Shake Rattle and Roll 11". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c d Jarloc, Glaiza. "Maja on projects, Impostor's Emmy nomination". Sun Star Manila. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Quintos, Napoleon. "Maja Salvador feels flattered to be called ‘Horror Princess’". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Jarloc, Glaiza. "'Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin' marathon this week". Sun Star Manila. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  20. ^ a b San Diego, Bayani Jr. "‘Thelma’ wins bronze in Mexico". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  21. ^ Godinez, Bong. "PEP REVIEW: Thelma triumphs with its message of hope and resiliency". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  22. ^ Guazon, Tessa Maria. "Trite Success". Young Critics Circle - Film Desk. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  23. ^ a b Gab. "Kim-Maja Rivalry Sparks Up In "Ina Kapatid Anak"". Manila Republic. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  24. ^ a b Santos, Rhea. "‘My Cactus Heart’ promises a lot of kilig moments for Maja Salvador and Matteo Guidicelli fans". Push. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  25. ^ a b Sibonga, Glen. "Diether Ocampo denies turning down primetime soap because of small role". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "MAJA SALVADOR Will Be Releasing An Album Soon!". March 2014. MYX Philippines. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  27. ^ "Maja Salvador: ‘Believe and it will happen’". 29 March 2014. Manila Times. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  28. ^ Ishihara, Julie. "MAJA SALVADOR To Stage Her First Major Concert This July!". MYX Philippines. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
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  30. ^ Garcia, Rose. "Maja Salvador tries singing in "Pangarap Na Bituin"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  31. ^ Lebumfacil, Marigold. "Maja ug Jay-R  naglikay sa intriga?". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  32. ^ Garcia, Rose. "Maja Salvador clarifies Jon Avila is not courting her". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  33. ^ "Kristine Hermosa accused of a crime in Nasaan Ka Maruja". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  34. ^ "Maja Salvador discovers bond with Nagsimula sa Puso co-star Coco Martin". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  35. ^ Global, ABS-CBN. "Impostor". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  36. ^ Franco, Bernie. "Maja Salvador hopes to give justice to a her role in 'Inday Sa Balitaw'". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  37. ^ Jarloc, Glaiza. "Maja joins 'My Binondo Girl'". Sun Star Manila. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  38. ^ "Maja, John Lloyd, Jericho in one soap opera". ABS-CBN News. August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  39. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn. "Mother Lily Monteverde is impressed with Maja Salvador in "My Kuya's Wedding"". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  40. ^ Donato, Jerry. "Ejay marks his firsts". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  41. ^ "Maja Salvador, ER Ejercito Win Big At Luna Awards". The Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  42. ^ Orsal, Noel. "Maja Salvador overwhelmed by nominations of Thelma in Star Awards for Movies and Golden Screen Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  43. ^ Dumaual, Mario. "Maja, Jake to be paired in movie for first time". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 

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