Janella Salvador

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Janella Salvador
Janella Salvador in 2017.jpg
Born Janella Maxine
Desiderio Salvador

(1998-03-30) March 30, 1998 (age 19)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2010–present
Musical career
Years active 2015–present
Labels Star Music
Associated acts

Janella Maxine Desiderio Salvador (born March 30, 1998) is a Filipino actress and singer. She made her breakthrough debut role in Be Careful With My Heart (2012–14) and has since starred in Oh My G! (2015), Haunted Mansion (2015), and Born for You (2016).

For her work, Salvador has lent her singing voice to Disney and won Philippines Most Promising Female Star at GMMSF, a FAMAS Award, three PMPC Awards (one for Best New Artist, two for acting) and holds three singles in OPM Top 10.

Early life[edit]

Salvador was born in Manila, Philippines. She is the daughter of Filipina stage singer Jenine Desiderio, who played Kim in the West End musical Miss Saigon[2] and Juan Miguel Salvador, the lead singer of 80s band, The Authority.[3] He is known for songs such as O Kay Sarap Ng Pag-ibig and as songwriter for Awit Award Best Folk-Pop Recording, Sumasarap Ang Gising by True Faith.[4][5][6][7] Like her parents, she has interest in performing arts and started singing at a young age.[8] She belongs to the famous Salvador showbiz clan (great granddaughter of Pedro Salvador, brother of basketball player Lou Salvador; relative of actors Phillip Salvador, Maja Salvador, Ross Rival).[4][9] Her parents separated in 2002. She attended schooling at St. Paul College, Pasig.[10]


Acting career[edit]

Salvador was first scouted after guesting on Eat Bulaga's Sa Pula, Sa Puti. Management directors Manny Valera and Johnny Manahan signed her a contract as their talent, semi-managed by Star Magic. She since appeared in a few stage plays, and represented the country in a world trade fair in Seoul, Korea in 2008.[11]

Salvador made her breakthrough debut role at age fourteen[12] in the teleserye Be Careful With My Heart (2012–2014) starring Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap. She originally auditioned, honing the role of middle daughter Nikki Grace Lim. Her character became known for her Taglish catchphrases.[13] Be Careful With My Heart became one of the most successful dramas of ABS-CBN and later aired in regions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America with albums and concerts tours worldwide.[14][15][16] Salvador bagged endorsement deals as the face of Palmolive hair care and Olay and awards such as 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television for Best New Female Personality and the FAMAS Award for German Moreno Youth Achievement Award.[17][18] On March 8, 2013, she was launched as a part of Star Magic Circle 2013.[19][20]

In July 2014, the actress signed a multi-picture deal contract with Regal Entertainment and Star Cinema.[21][22] The last episode of Be Careful With My Heart aired November 28, 2014.[23] The same month, Salvador was nominated Best Appearance in a Music Video after playing the love interest in Enchong Dee's Chinito Problems which was released November 7, 2014 on Myx.[24][25]

Salvador (left) in the horror film Haunted Mansion, 2015 MMFF

By January 2015, Janella was cast in her first main lead role in ABS-CBN's Oh My G! as Sophie, an orphan teenager who blames God for the loss of her loved ones, until G ("God", various actors) appears to her in different forms to enlighten the latter on the obstacles she is facing.[26][27] She subsequently starred in her film debut Haunted Mansion (2015),[28] which was chosen to be a part of the Metro Manila Film Festival, and became a top grosser in the festival's box office.[29][30] For her performance in the film, Salvador won the 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies – New Movie Actress of the Year.[31]

She was then cast in the 2016 musical drama Born For You.[32] In December 2016, Salvador reunited with Richard Yap in Mano Po 7: Tsinoy, the seventh installment in the Mano Po series.[33] On January 1, 2017, Salvador was chosen as the muse for BoyBandPH's single "Unli" (first release after winning Pinoy Boyband Superstar), where she appeared in their music video.[34] She appeared in Topel Lee's suspense thriller Bloody Crayons released nationwide on July 12, 2017.[35] On September 12, 2017, Salvador renewed her Regal Entertainment contract with a four-picture deal under their studio.[36]

She top bills as a singing mermaid in My Fairy Tail Love Story, to be released on February 14, 2018.[37] She is also set to lead alongside Jameson Blake in a film directed by Gawad Urian-winning director Jason Paul Laxamana.[38]

Singing career[edit]

While promoting various dramas on talk shows, she became known for her riffs and "indie-rock edge" vocals.[39] She officially began her music career through Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs, the highest-honor OPM songwriting and music video competition in the Philippines. Her song, "Mahal Kita Pero" won 3rd place.[40]

The singer teased her debut album in April 2015, and on July 1, 2015, Star Music announced Salvador as their recording artist.[41][42][43] She then released her self-titled album in December nationwide and through Spotify and iTunes, containing nine tracks–"Ganyan Talaga", "Mahal Kita Pero" and renditions of Sharon Cuneta's "Dear Heart", Donna Cruz' "I Can", "Kapag Tumibok ang Puso".[44][45] The album peaked at #1, reaching platinum status by PARI with over 15,000 physical copies sold.[46] Hong Kong Disneyland had chosen her to sing their decade anniversary English jingle[47] titled "Happily Ever After" which was added to her album's limited edition.[48]

In January 2016, Salvador and co-star Marlo Mortel were chosen as interpreters of "Mananatili," one of the finalists for 2016 Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs, composed by Francis Louis Salazar.[49] She participated in Born for You's soundtrack, featuring Salvador's versions of Yeng Constantino's Ikaw and Pangarap Lang in Japanese, 夢ダカダ (Yume daka da) and アナタ (Anata), which topped iTunes Philippines.[50][51] She sang with co-star Elmo Magalona in his album Elmo for the track, "Alam Mo Ba".[52]

Following her Disney in Concert–Tale As Old As Time performance at Kia Theatre, Cubao[53] Salvador was picked to sing the theme song of Moana for the Philippine release on November 20, 2016.[54][55] A multi-language mash-up including Salvador was released by Walt Disney Studios, featuring singers from Southeast Asian countries, a version of the song in their respective native language.[56] Shortly thereafter, a 24-languages video was released on Disney's Vevo channel.[57] Her version of "How Far I'll Go" currently holds 30 million views, the highest viewership amongst all the Asian remakes on YouTube.[58]

In May 2017, she held her first concert, Super Janella, with a setlist of her songs such as "Dear Heart" and "Harana".[59] Salvador participated as a finalist for the 2017 Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs. Her interpretation of the Karlo Zabala-penned song "Wow Na Feelings" won 4th Best Song and TFC's Global Choice Award.[60]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2017, Salvador was the victim of a bank phishing scandal that led to a full investigation by MBT.[61]


Year Title Role Production company
2015 Haunted Mansion Ella Jimenez Regal Films
2016 Mano Po 7: Tsinoy Caroline Wong
2017 Bloody Crayons Eunice Nicolas Star Cinema
2018 My Fairy Tail Love Story Film has yet to be released. Chantel Regal Films
So Connected Film has yet to be released. Trisha Biscocho
Year Title Role
2012–2014 Be Careful With My Heart Nikki Grace Lim
2013–present ASAP Herself/Performer
2014 Goin' Bulilit Herself/Guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Card Felynit "Neneng" Gallego
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Selfie Michelle Ann Rose "Mitch" Bonzo
Home Sweetie Home Teen Darla Sanchez
2015 Oh My G! Sophie Z. Cepeda
Wansapanataym: Fat Patty Patricia "Patty" Dionisio/Fatima
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pink Dress Amabelle Marquez
Wansapanataym: Christmas Witch Irene
2016 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Denise Paulino
Born for You Samantha "Sam" Reyes/Kazuko
Wansapanataym: Holly & Mau Holly Arellano
2017–2018 Wansapanataym: Jasmin's Flower Powers Rose Miraflores/Jasmin
2018 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mangga Daisy
Music Video
Year Title Artist Role
2015 Chinito Problems Enchong Dee Herself
2017 Unli BoybandPH Herself
Films that have not yet been released. Denotes filmography that have not yet been released.



Year Nominated Work Award-giving Body/Recognition Result Ref
2013 Herself 61st FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Won [62]
Be Careful With My Heart 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality Won [63]
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Breakthrough Star Won [64]
2014 Candy Readers' Choice Awards Female Rising Star Won [65]
45th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Female Star Won [66]
45th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Loveteam for Television (with Jerome Ponce) Won
Yahoo! Celebrity Awards Female Emerging Star Nominated
10th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Female Cutie Nominated
10th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Teen Popsies (with Marlo Mortel) Nominated
Mahal Kita Pero Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 3rd Best Song Won [67]
Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs Myx Best Music Video Won
2015 Herself 17th Gawad PASADO Awards PinakaPASADOng Dangal ng Kabataan Won [68]
Alta Media Icon Awards - Best Female Recording Artist Won [69]
MOR Pinoy Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated
Chinito Problems Myx Music Awards Best Appearance in a Music Video Nominated
2016 Haunted Mansion 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies - New Movie Actress of the Year Won [70]
Herself 8th PMPC Star Awards for Music - Best New Female Recording Artist of the Year Won [71]
2017 Wow Na Feelings Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 4th Best Song Won [72]
Himig Handog TFC's Global Choice Award Won [73]


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