When Maja Salvador entered showbusiness, eyes rolled yet again for people though that she is riding the clout of her family’s name. She was born to the Salvador family (dad being Ross Rival and uncle Philip Salvador) who had made their name in the world of entertainment. Yet, as she progressed in her career, people began to realize that she is more than just as showbiz royalty.
Only 33 years old, but had accomplished a lot in her years, Maja is an actress, host, singer and a producer. She stared and co-produced the movie “Thelma” which won her the Gawad Urian Award and Best Actress award from the Film Academy of the Philippines Award.
Not only had she been smashing it in the big screen, she had been the mass favorite for her roles in various television series such as “Ina, Kapatid, Anak”, “The Legal Wife”, “Bridges of Love”, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsiyano”, and of course her iconic portrayal in the series “Wildflower”.
Maja was born in October 5, 1988, hailing from Cagayan, Philippines. Her mother is Thelma Andress and the late actor Ross Rival. She has three other siblings, a brother and two other sisters.
How Maja joined Showbiz and Early Projects
It started one summer break. She was just a teenager when she decided to participate in a modelling workshop during a summer break from school. In that workshop, she made friends and met the daughter of Chit Ramos, who would become her manager. Chit, being a well-connected writer, made the reunion of Maja and her father Ross Rival (in real life – Rosauro Reyes Salvador). This meeting was aired on the showbiz show The Buzz.
Watching the reunion, ABS-CBN executive Charo Santos-Concio spotted Maja and from there, connections were made. She made her debut in the TV series “It Might Be You” in 2003 along the lead actors John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.
Teleseryes and Movies
She paired up with Hero Angeles for the series Nginiig. From there, she stared in several episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya. Her film debut was with the highest rating Philippine horror movie “Sukob”, from which she was won Best Supporting Actress Award.
Maja played her first leading role in the series “Nagsimula sa Puso”, which is actually a remake of the 1990 film which starred Hilda Koronel. It was the first time she was paired with Coco Martin. She also starred in the series “Bridges of Love” besides Paulo Avelino and Jericho Rosales. It was her performance in the series “Wildflower” that showed her acting depth and versatility, establishing her name as among the brilliant actors in the industry.
Aside from her impressive acting accolades, Maja also released two albums. “Believe” in 2014 and “Maja in Love” in 2015. Both of the albums are under Ivory Music and Video. Both albums also reached Platinum status. She also contributed to the official soundtrack of “I’m Drunk, I Love You” with the song “Huling Gabi”. Who didn’t fall in love with Maja’s ‘Dahan Dahan’ song?
She also launched her Youtube channel, “Meet Maja” and had recently reached 1 million subscribers. As of now, the channel has 45 videos, featuring Maja, her friends and daily vlogs.
What’s Next for Maja Salvador? TV5?
Maja recently posted in her Instagram to thank her fans for their support all these years. In the post, she also indicated that she will be joining Mr. M (The legendary Johnny Manahan and Star Magic manager) as he will be directing a new noon time variety show featuring Piolo Pascual and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray in TV5.
Most of the stars of ABS-CBN have already expressed their interest in moving to another network, even before they failed to secure the franchise renewal permits. It has been reported that about 6 shows that stars Kapamilya artists will be aired in TV5 and among them is a Sunday variety show called ‘Sunday Noontime’.
It looks like we can look forward to seeing Maja again in the television. As of now, fans are equally happy that she found a new platform to entertain and connect with her supporters. To Maja, and her new family, congratulations and we wish you all the best!