Benjamin Alves

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Benjamin Alves
Born Benjamin Quiambao Sapida
(1989-03-31) March 31, 1989 (age 26)
Nationality Filipino
Other names Vince Saldaña, BJ
Alma mater University of Guam
Occupation model, actor
Years active 2006-present
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 Quiambao Sapida (born March 31, 1989), better known as Benjamin Alves, is a Filipino actor and model under the management of GMA Network. He is 25 years old, born on March 31, 1989 and the nephew of Filipino actor, Piolo Pascual. He is the leading man for an upcoming movie, Guni-Guni under Regal Films.


Early life[edit]

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.[1][2] He is also the cousin of Iñigo Lazaro Pascual who stayed in California with his mother.

Vince Saldaña (2006–2009)[edit]

In 2006, Alves went to the Philippines to pursue a modeling career.[2] 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.[3] He then signed up in VIVA and got his first acting gig in QTV’s teen series POSHin 2007. In that same year, he appeared in other Viva Films movies like Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo and Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat.[2][4][5] He also starred on soap operas Dalawang Tisoy[6] in RPN-9, Ysabella[7] on ABS-CBN and Impostora[8] on GMA Network. Apart from his work on television series and films, Alves also appeared in various TV commercials and magazines.[2] He was supposed to be one of the cast of GMA Network's L.U.V. Pow but was withdrawn after the cast reboot.[9] Alves left show business in 2009 to continue his studies.[2]

In 2012, Alves graduated Summa cum laude at the University of Guam with a degree in English Literature.[5][10] 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.[5]

Benjamin Alves and contract with GMA Network (2012–present)[edit]

Saldaña was relaunched into show business as Benjamin Alves by Mercator Model and Artist Management.[2][11] He signed an exclusive contract to GMA Network signing a 3 movie outfit and soap operas.[1] 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.[1][12][13] His first movie will be under Regal Films entitled Guni-Guni playing as Paolo Lopez.[5][11] He will act as a love interest of actress, Lovi Poe.[2][11][14] He will also appear on GMA Films's entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival, Coño Problems.[15][16] On August 2012, Alves was announced as one of the casts for the remake of the famous Korean series, Coffee Prince.[17][18] He acted as Errol, a record-producer and half-brother of Abrenica.[19]



Year Title Role Network
2006 Close-Up To Fame 2 Himself ABS-CBN
POSH Vince QTV (now GMA News TV)
2007 Dalawang Tisoy RPN 9 (now CNN Philippines)
Ysabella Chad ABS-CBN
2012–2013 Party Pilipinas Himself / Performer GMA Network
2012 Pare & Pare Himself
Coffee Prince Errol Ochoa
2013 Unforgettable Atty. Miguel de Ocampo†
Superbook Superbook Agent
Wagas: Tamis ng Unang Pag-ibig Reynaldo Manansala GMA News TV
Katipunan Sebastian GMA Network
2013-2014 Adarna Bok
2013 Alvin and the Chipmunks Dave Seville (voiceover)
2014 Dading Joemar Rodriguez
2015 Hiram na Alaala Doc. Kerby
Karelasyon: Scandal Brando
Beautiful Strangers Lawrence Castillo
Imbestigador: Ang Kwento ni Jasmine Jerry
Magpakailanman: Ang Asawa Kong Aswang Johnny


Year Title Role Studio
2007 Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo Jojo Star Cinema
VIVA Films
Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat Junior VIVA Films
2012 Guni-Guni Paolo Lopez GMA Films
Regal Films
2013 Sana Dati Andrew Cesario Cinemalaya
Quantum Films
GMA Films
Islands The Astronaut Cinema One Originals
2014 The Trial Paco Sequia Star Cinema
2015 Heneral Luna Lt. Manuel L. Quezon Artikulo Uno Productions
Quantum Films
Gayuma Mike Artikulo Uno Productions


Awards and nominations[edit]

2013 61st FAMAS Awards N/A Won


  1. ^ a b c Benjamin Alves: New Kapuso! GMA Network. Video. Retrieved 06-26-2012
  2. ^ a b c d e f g New Kapuso contract star Benjamin Alves says comparison to cousin Piolo Pascual is "unavoidable" Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  3. ^ Vince Saldana is a step closer to showbiz fame Philippine Star. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  4. ^ Benjamin Alves as Jojo in Apat Dapat IMDb. Retrieved 06-26-2012
  5. ^ a b c d Benjamin Alves considers Showbiz comeback a second chance Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  6. ^ Benjamin Alves on Dalawang Tisoy IMDb. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  7. ^ Ysabella on ABS-CBN IMDb. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  8. ^ Impostora Full Cast. IMDb. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  9. ^ Newcomer Vince Saldana Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  10. ^ Benjamin Alves gives showbiz another crack with a new name and talent management Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  11. ^ a b c Benjamin Alves: A mix of all things dangerous Philippine Star. Gabby Tatad. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  12. ^ Benjamin Alves, ipinakilala na bilang bagong heartthrob ng GMA! Remate Philippines. Author: Noel Asinas. Column: On The Set. Retrieved 06-27-2012.
  13. ^ Benjamin Alves: bagong kapuso Heartthrob GMA Network. Balitanghali. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  14. ^ Newcomer Benjamin Alves paired with Lovi Poe Showbiz-Portal. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  15. ^ 2012 MMFF Official entries Manila Bulettin Online. Retrieved 06-26-2012
  16. ^ MMFF announces 8 official entries Yahoo Philippines. Author: Walden Martinez Belen. Retrieved 06-26-2012.
  17. ^ The Curious Case Of Benjamin Alves Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 08-17-2012
  18. ^ 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. Retrieved 08-17-2012
  19. ^ 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. 

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