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Born October 5, 1988- Maja Salvador is one of the latest in line of the illustrious show biz clan of the Salvador family. She is now making her own identity and mark as the Dance Princess of the Philippines and one of the most promising young actresses in the industry.
Name: Maja Ross Andres
Stage Name: Maja Salvador
Nick Name: Maja, Majang, Baby Maj, Totzki
Birthday: October 5, 1988
Age: 18 yrs. old
Siblings: Joseph, Jonjon, Bong, Luchi, Shyla, Jason, Marie, Kirby
Father’s Name: Ross Rival
Mother’s Name: Thelma Andres
School: San Benildo Integrated School / ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center
Hometown: Apari, Cagayan
There’s something about a teenaged girl aching for her long-lost dad that moves one’s heart. When ABS-CBN’s Charo Santos-Concio saw Maja Salvador pleading on nationwide TV for a glimpse of her dad Ross Rival, something in the girl’s angelic face tugged at the network executive’s heartstrings. Concio asked her staff to look for Maja.
Thus did Maja Salvador sign up with the Lopez network and was introduced as John Prats’ partner in It Might Be You last February.
Before that though, Lady Luck was working overtime for the 17-year-old girl from Aparri. Maja met Farrah Ramos, movie columnist-talent manager Chit Ramos’s daughter in a modeling workshop and they became fast friends. Little did Maja know their friendship will lead her, not only to a reunion with her dad, but to a promising career in showbiz, a field her father’s side of the family has been identified with for decades.
Maja confided to Chit that she had long wanted to see her dad, whom she last saw when she was only seven. Maja did not know Chit wrote about showbiz and never suspected her wishful thinking will come true.
To Maja’s surprise, Chit replied, “You want to see your dad? Let’s call Phillip (Salvador, Maja’s uncle).” Before Maja can say a word, Chit dialed Philip’s number on the cell phone and uncle and niece were talking.
The long-delayed father-daughter reunion – chronicled and aired on The Buzz – took place in the house of Ramon Salvador, Phillip’s older brother. As fate would have it, Concio was watching at that time, and that touching scene stuck in her mind. The rest, as they say, is history.
“I feel no bitterness toward my father, even if he and my mom separated when I was a baby. My mom said I won’t be here if it weren’t for him,” says Maja.
Besides, she has moved on herself. Maja is grateful to her Japanese stepdad for taking good care of her. It was her stepdad who, upon learning she was entering showbiz, came home from Japan, where he markets Toyotas, to buy Maja a van to take her around.
Maja is having the time of her life, never mind if she has to wake up early to make it to her classes in a school close to their home in Cainta at 7 a.m. Never mind, too, if unlike before, when she can go to malls in casual shorts, “I must look presentable because fans see me.”
She need not worry about her get-ups though. Navy/White Tops got her as image model. The brand’s pastel colors complement Maja’s young, carefree image, and its casual look, she adds, jibes with her love for things simple yet comfortable.
Her style has even caught the eye of Aga Muhlach and Janice de Belen’s son Igi Boy, who sent Maja flowers during a presscon.
“Maybe it’s his way of telling me I should feel at ease at that time,”Maja brushes away romantic ideas.
Her new loveteam Jay R Siaboc of PDA was introduced during a teleserye Pangarap Na Bituin where she is one of the main casts together with her JEWEL SISTERS Sarah Geronimo, Nikki Gil, Rica Peralejo and Jericho Rosales
She starred in a Your Song episode where her new loveteam was introduced.
She came from a family of actors and actresses. Her father Ross Rival (1945-2007) (Rosauro Salvador in private life), aunt Jobelle Salvador, late grandfather Lou Salvador Jr., and late grand-uncle Leroy Salvador were erstwhile actors. Her uncle, Philip Salvador, is currently one of the more famous actors in the Philippines.
Her late great-grandfather, Luis “Lou” Salvador Sr., is a legendary Filipino basketball player who played for the Philippine national basketball team several times during the pre-war era. He later became an actor himself and then became the first showbiz personality to run for the vice presidency of the Philippines when he placed third in the 1948 Philippine vice presidential elections.
Maja Salvador is part of “The Ultimate Dance 4″ they are composed of Dancefloor Sweethearts Shaina Magdayao and Rayver Cruz, and Dancefloor Dynamite, John Prats.
She’s the daughter of Ross Rival and Thelma Andres.
Maja has eight siblings Joseph, Jonjon, Bong, Luchi, Shyla, Jason, Marie, Kirby.
She was reunited with her father and it was aired on The Buzz.
She has a group of friends called BERKSCLICKCUP that are comprised of models such as Farah Ramos, (The daughter of Maja’s manager who does professional runway modeling) Merille Raagas, (Currently doing modeling jobs in Australia)Fredmarc Dumalagan, (Farah’s brother) Michael Lim (Half Chinese and half Filipino model)
John Wayne Sace, Jason Abalos, John Prats, Rayver Cruz, and Jay-R Siaboc were all loveteams of Maja.
She was planned to replace Rainie Yang for the Taiwanovela “Exchange Love”.
She was dubbed as a “Complete Package” of a Superstar.
She is now the newest endorser of the clothing line, Folded and Hung.
She is a left-handed actress.
Maja Salvador and Richard Gutierrez were planned to be loveteams in the film of Regal Entertainment.
Maja Salvador is also dubbed as the Princess of Billboards because of her displayed billboards their for Folded and Hung and Banana Peel.
Her father died on Friday 16th, November 2007 of prostate cancer at 1:00 am.
She almost won 3 million pesos in an episode of Kapamilya Deal or No Deal. She walked away with 800,000.
She is one of the most popular and promising young star of her generation, when it comes to acting you can critize her acting skills an excellent one and when it comes to dancing she can make everyone dance in any kind of tune.
There are rumors that she is beating up co-star, Shaina Magdayao in dancing and acting, and that Maja’s more famous than her although Shaina has been in the business way longer.
She recently won a brand new car in Wheel of Fortune