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Steven Silva
Steven Joseph Silva

(1986-11-27) November 27, 1986 (age 32)
Oceanside, California, United States
Other namesThe Boy, Shiruba, Shirubang
OccupationActor, dancer, chef, footballer, radio disk jockey
Years active2009-2015
AgentGMA Artist Center (2009—2015)
Talent5 (2015-2016)
Known forStarstruck
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)

Steven Joseph Lao Silva (born November 27, 1986 in Oceanside, California) is a Filipino-American footballer from Team Socceroo FC in the UFL Second Division. He is also an actor, chef, radio disk jockey, and the Ultimate Male Survivor of the fifth season of StarStruck.[1] He is half-Portuguese, one-fourth Chinese and one-fourth Filipino. He is the first Mindanao representative and the oldest male contestant to win the said title.


Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Steven Silva was born in Oceanside, California to an American father of Portuguese descent and a Filipino-Chinese mother who hails from Davao,[2] where he auditioned for StarStruck. He was raised in Sacramento, California and attended Sacramento City College for his college education.[3] After a few years there he opted for a career in the culinary field and later attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.

2009-2010: StarStruck[edit]

While Steven was completing his foreign internship at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao as required by the California Culinary Academy in order to graduate, he auditioned for the show by participating in an audition at SM Davao.[4]

Steven was among the hundreds who made it to the callbacks for Manila. He represented Davao.

During the 3rd factor week, Steven had the weakest performance among the remaining boys in the competition. But due to the twist of 3rd factor which gives a different weights of criteria, Steven survived the said week. On the other hand, the result went to Piero Vergara as the latest avenger by then with Princess Snell. Steven admitted that if it was not because of the twist, he knew that he will be sent home instead of Vergara.

His female counterpart in winning the title is Sarah Lahbati.

2010-2014: Post StarStruck[edit]

Right after winning the title, Steven and Sarah Lahbati started to appear in numerous shows of GMA. They also performed in the final episode of then Sunday afternoon party, SOP. After several weeks, Steven became part of Party Pilipinas. Enzo Pineda, Diva Montelaba, Sarah Lahbati and him starred in the Philippine drama anthology and romantic television show, Love Bug series in the episode "Exchange of Hearts". Steven also shared his comedic capabilities as an actor in Bubble Gang and Kaya ng Powers as a guest. And in October 2010, Steven starred in his first lead man role and his biggest break yet with Rocco Nacino, opposite Kris Bernal, in the afternoon soap, Koreana, as Joshua Lee, a rich bachelor who manages the restaurants of a Korean business tycoon Chang Hee-Jung (portrayed by Eddie Garcia).

In mid-2011, Steven starred as John in his first prime time series, Time of My Life. He portrayed the role as the boyfriend of Zaira (portrayed by LJ Reyes). Steven had a supporting role in this series but he said that Rocco Nacino and Mark Herras are the perfect lead men since the said show is all about dancing.[5]

2012 proved to be the busiest year so far for Steven. He portrayed the role of Stripe in the Young Artists Production's staging of Trina Paulus' novel Hope for the Flowers. Frencheska Farr, on the other hand, played the female lead role.[6] The reason behind Silva's inclusion in the said stage play is because of his singing ability in Party Pilipinas. The producers of the stage play like his singing in the said musical variety show ended up asking Steven to audition.[7] He served his friend, Gian Magdangal, as his inspiration in the play because Magdangal starred in the 2011 play, Rent. He admitted he was hesitant to accept the project when Young Artists Production first offered him the role but later on decided that he was ready to try something new. Being a neophyte in the world of musical theater was not an excuse for Steven for he proved to everyone that the role of Stripe suited him perfectly.[6]

Steven was seen in the Filipino teen-oriented drama series, Together Forever, led by Elmo Magalona and Julie Anne San Jose, as Cholo. In August 2012, Steven also starred in his first film, entitled Just One Summer also led by Magalona and San Jose. In the last quarter of 2012, Steven was part of the Filipino version of The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince where he portrayed Bamboo, a friend of Errol (portrayed by Benjamin Alves). The role of Bamboo was not in the original series.[8]

In January 2013, Steven became a part of the second epicserye of GMA Network, Indio, with Senator Bong Revilla, Jr. as the lead character. Indio premiered on January 14, 2013. He played the role of Ribung Linti, the god of lightning and thunder.[9] After Indio, Steven is currently seen as Tisoy in another Rocco Nacino - Lovi Poe tandem series, Akin Pa Rin ang Bukas, as Jerry's (Nacino) buddy.[10][11] On July, Steven started to become part of Sunday All Stars.[12]

2014-present: Theater, musical, and a Wattpad series[edit]

In late 2013, Steven was announced as one of the newest characters in the spin-off of The Kitchen Musical entitled The Boston.[13][14] For the audition on the said series, Steven said, "The audition experience for The Boston was really nerve-wracking and long, but in the end, it was completely worth it. My first audition was conducted in September 2013. After numerous call backs, I learned I was part of the final cast. It was a very thorough process and I could tell they really wanted to make sure that each character was to be filled by the right actor." He played the role of Sid which is considered to be an intriguing character of the series. He adds, "The character I play in The Boston is named ‘Sid’ and he is the pastry chef in the restaurant. He is one of the more skilled chefs in the kitchen, yet he is very soft-spoken and doesn't necessarily take command even though he is more than qualified to do so. He is also very particular to his sense of style and physical upkeep and appearance. In a sense, he is very metro sexual and very mysterious so some folks suspect he’s gay, yet no one really knows the truth."[15] The eight episode chef themed television series aired through the Lifestyle Network.[16]

While Steven is portraying his role in The Boston, he becomes part of the lifestyle and food show Taste Buddies. The show is being aired in GMA News TV with Solenn Heussaff and Isabelle Daza. Steven serves as a segment host. The show is all about exploring the wonders of the food in the whole country. Iya Villania replaced Daza as Solenn's partner when Isabelle Daza transferred to ABS-CBN.

In early 2015, Steven became part of the musical theater, La Cage aux Folles, where he portrayed the role of Jean-Michel. Jean-Michel is Georges' son from a short-lived affair twenty-four years ago. Georges is the character of the veteran actor, Michael De Mesa. The show's director, Robbie Guevarra, gave the role of Jean-Michel to Steven when Steven was singing during the Grease's rehearsal in 2014. That was the moment Guevarra told Santi Santamaria, 9 Works Theatrical’s executive producer, that he wanted Silva to portray the said role. Steven auditioned by singing 'Beauty School Dropout' and subsequently getting the role.[17]

La Cage aux Folles premiered on February 28, 2015 with a standing ovation from the members of the press. The musical was shown at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza with Audie Gemora starring as Albin. The show was produced by 9 Works Theatrical, with direction by Robbie Guevara and scenography by Mio Infante.[18][19][20] Silva impressed the audience with his powerful singing voice and confidence, holding his own against the acclaimed veterans of the cast.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Steven started to reside in Quezon City after winning, leaving his family in Sacramento, California, while he continues to pursue his dream of success in the Philippine world of showbiz.

In 2012, Steven admitted that he and his batch mate, Diva Montelaba are in an "almost-one-year" relationship.[21]



Year Title Role Network Note/s
2016 Mars Episode Guest GMA News TV Last TV appearance
2015-2016 Wattpad Presents Various TV 5 His first show outside GMA
2014 Taste Buddies Segment host GMA News TV Together with Solenn Heussaff and Iya Villania
The Boston Sid Lifestyle Network The Kitchen Musical spin-off
2013 Akin Pa Rin ang Bukas Tisoy GMA Network
Sunday All Stars Himself/Performer
Maynila Alex "Coffee Princess" episode
Homer "Summer Of Love" episode
Indio Ribung Linti
2010–2013 Party Pilipinas Himself
2012 Coffee Prince Bamboo Buendia
Together Forever Cholo Limuanco
H.O.T. TV Episode guest
Tween Hearts Leo Guest cast
2011 Time Of My Life John
2010 Koreana Joshua Lee
Kaya ng Powers Carlo Guest
Love Bug Presents: Exchange Of Hearts Tim
2009 StarStruck V Himself won as the "Ultimate Male Survivor"


Year Title Role Production Company(ies) Note/s
2012 Just One Summer Joseph GMA Films


Year Title Role Note/s
2015 La Cage aux Folles Jean-Michel
2014 Grease Johnny Casino/Teen Angel
2012 Hope for the Flowers Stripe Lead role with Frencheska Farr

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Rowena Joy A. Sanchez (February 22, 2010). "New 'StarStruck' winners crowned". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 29 December 2010. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Steven Silva". Retrieved 29 December 2010. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Final 14: Steven Silva". Retrieved 29 December 2010. External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Erwin Santiago (July 28, 2011). "Steven Silva admits frustration over showbiz career: "Right now, I'm definitely not where I wanna be."". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "STEVEN SILVA: STARSTRUCK OVER IPHONE'S ACTION MOVIE FX APP". February 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 29, 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ Ruel J. Mendoza (March 12, 2012). "Steven Silva topbills musical stage play; understands slow pace of his showbiz career". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  8. ^ Rommel Gonzales (October 5, 2012). "Steven Silva on playing supporting roles: "Siyempre, sa akin naman, gusto ko na maging leading man ulit."". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  9. ^ Indio's Facebook Fan Page (December 30, 2012). "Hinahandog namin ang apat sa mga diwata". Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  10. ^ "Steven Silva's tweet for Akin Parin ang Bukas". Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "Tweet of Akin Parin ang Bukas regarding Steven Silva". Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "Steven Silva's tweet". Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  13. ^ "Steven Silva part of 'Kitchen Musical' season 2". Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  14. ^ "Steven, aariba sa S'pore".
  15. ^ "Steven Silva cast as one of the lead roles in the Singaporean TV series, "The Boston" (4 Pictures)". Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  16. ^ "The Boston The Kitchen Musical". Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Steven Silva: From Starstruck's Ultimate Survivor to theater's new romantic lead". Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  18. ^ "Five simple words: I am what I am". Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  19. ^ "Starstruck ultimate survivor Steven Silva, nagpabilib sa pagganap sa 'La Cage Aux Folles'". Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  20. ^ "'La Cage Aux Folles' dazzles in its loving take on the third sex". Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  21. ^ Erwin Santiago (October 12, 2012). "PEP EXCLUSIVE: Steven Silva admits "almost-one-year" relationship with StarStruck batchmate Diva Montelaba". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Aljur Abrenica
2009 (season 5)
Succeeded by
Migo Adecer