Maja Salavador: Continuously reaching for the stars

In 2003, 15-year-old Maja Ross Andres Salvador first appeared pleading in ABS-CBN’s show, ‘The Buzz’, hosted by Boy Abunda searching for her long lost father, Ross Rival, a former actor.

Having rooted from a family of actors (aunt Jobelle Salvador and uncle Phillip Salvador), it didn’t take long for ABS-CBN executive, Charo Santos-Concio to notice her angelic and innocent demeanor, and had her staff look for Maja and had her sign under the network.

And indeed, Maja was signed and was first introduced as John Pratts’ partner in 2003 drama series ‘It Might Be You’ top-billed by John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.

She was later on casted as one of the lead characters in ‘Spirits’ and followed several appearances in ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’s’ episodes.

2006 was a good year for Maja because that was when she first debuted in a film as a supporting actress in the horror movie ‘Sukob’ which earned her a Star Award for Movies for New Movie Actress of the Year and also bagged the Golden Screen Award for Breakthrough Performance by an actress. She was also nominated at the FAMAS Awards for Best Supporting Actress.

She was reunited with John Lloyd and Bea Alonzo in the movie ‘One More Chance’ in 2007.  Her character had movie critics claiming that her portrayal of the character was “perfect and luminous’’. She also starred side-by-side Rica Peralejo and Sarah Geronimo in the TV series ‘Pangarap na Bituin’,

Maja Salvador seemed to unstoppable since then. She was even tagged as the “Dance Princess of the Philippines”.  She top-billed several drama series: Nagsimula sa Puso, May Bukas Pa, Impostor, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, Ina, Kapatid, Anak and now plays the ‘’mistress’ role in ‘The Legal Wife’ alongside Angel Locsin and Jericho Rosales.

The 25-year-old actress-dancer-producer added yet another title in her name when she released her first album last March with her debut single “Dahan-dahan”.

Maja shares to ABS-CBN how happy she was with her album, “Masaya ako na nabigyan ako ng chance na ‘yung talent ko sa pagkanta ay mai-se-share ko naman sa kanila… Masaya ako na kunwari, nag-ko-commute sila o may ginagawa sila, naririnig nila ‘yung boses ko. ‘Yung hindi nalang nila ako napapanood. This time, sa radyo maririnig naman nila.”

Surely, Pinoys worldwide have a lot to look forward to in Maja Salavador’s career. She’s in her peak, not yet to be stopped and has no signs of doing so. Watch out for her as she continuously reaches out for the stars.

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