|Born||Benjamin Sapida[fn 1]
March 31, 1989
|Other names||Vince Saldaña, BJ|
|Alma mater||University of Guam|
|Agent||Star Magic (2006–2009)
GMA Artist Center (2012–present)
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Relatives||Piolo Pascual (uncle)
Iñigo Pascual (cousin)
Benjamin Sapida[fn 1] (born March 31, 1989), better known as Benjamin Alves, is a Filipino actor and model under the management of GMA Network. He is the nephew of Filipino actor, Piolo Pascual. In 2015 he starred in the Filipino romantic melodrama serie Beautiful Strangers.
Alves was born as Benjamin Quiambao Sapida on March 31, 1989 from the island of Guam, Benjamin's Father is Sapida and his mother as Quiambao, and also a nephew of a famous Filipino actor, Piolo Pascual grew up in Guam. He is also the cousin of Iñigo Lazaro Pascual who stayed in California with his mother.
Vince Saldaña (2006–2009)
In 2006, Alves went to the Philippines to pursue a modeling career. He entered showbusiness with the screen name Vince Saldaña back in 2008 and appeared in ABS-CBN's reality model-search competition Close-Up to Fame where he eventually became a finalist. He then signed up in VIVA and got his first acting gig in QTV’s teen series POSH in 2007. In that same year, he appeared in other Viva Films movies like Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo and Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat. He also starred on soap operas Dalawang Tisoy in RPN-9, Ysabella on ABS-CBN and Impostora on GMA Network. Apart from his work on television series and films, Alves also appeared in various TV commercials and magazines. He was supposed to be one of the cast of GMA Network's L.U.V. Pow but was withdrawn after the cast reboot.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.
In 2012, Alves graduated Summa cum laude at the University of Guam with a degree in English Literature. From a press interview, he revealed that he wanted to in pursue a master's degree but decided to stay on with his showbiz career.
Benjamin Alves and contract with GMA Network (2012–present)
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. In 2013 he starred in the film "Sana Dati" an Independent film starring TJ Trinidad, Lovi Poe and Paulo Avelino
|2006||Close-Up To Fame 2||Himself||ABS-CBN|
|POSH||Vince||QTV (now GMA News TV)|
|2007||Dalawang Tisoy||RPN 9 (now CNN Philippines)|
|2012–2013||Party Pilipinas||Himself / Performer||GMA Network|
|2012||Pare & Pare||Himself|
|Coffee Prince||Errol Ochoa|
|2013||Unforgettable||Atty. Miguel de Ocampo†|
|Wagas: Tamis ng Unang Pag-ibig||Reynaldo Manansala||GMA News TV|
|2013||Alvin and the Chipmunks||Dave Seville (voiceover)|
|2015||Hiram na Alaala||Doc. Kerby|
|Beautiful Strangers||Lawrence Castillo|
|Imbestigador: Ang Kwento ni Jasmine||Jerry|
|Magpakailanman: Ang Asawa Kong Aswang||Johnny|
|Dishkarte of the Day||Himself Guest||GMA News TV|
|Wagas: The Love for Courageous Caitie||Jay-Jay Lucas|
|A1 Ko Sa 'Yo||Jay||GMA Network|
|Alamat: Alamat ng Saging||Aging|
|Sa Piling ni Nanay||Javier Mercado|
|2007||Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo||Jojo||Star Cinema
|Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat||Junior||VIVA Films|
|2012||Guni-Guni||Paolo Lopez||GMA Films
|2013||Sana Dati||Andrew Cesario||Cinemalaya
|Islands||The Astronaut||Cinema One Originals|
|2014||The Trial||Paco Sequia||Star Cinema|
|2015||Heneral Luna||Lt. Manuel L. Quezon||Artikulo Uno Productions
|Gayuma||Mike||Artikulo Uno Productions|
Awards and nominations
|2013||61st FAMAS Awards||N/A||Won|
- Benjamin Alves was born in Guam. Thus, he does not possess his mother's maiden name which is Quiambao.
- 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 Heartthrob 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.