Maja Salvador is, without a doubt, one of the most talented and versatile actresses in the showbiz industry today. With several acting awards under her belt including a Gawad Urian for Best Actress for the film “Thelma” and a Best Drama Actress honor from the PMPC Star Awards for Television for the teleserye “Bridges of Love,” Maja has certainly proven her mastery of the craft be it in movies or in the small screen. But her artistry doesn’t stop there. Maja is also recognized as the “Dance Princess” for her exceptional dancing prowess. And not one to limit herself, she has also triumphantly broken through the recording scene with two certified platinum albums under her name and several successful concerts.
This year, Maja outdoes herself once more as she returns with a vengeance via the highly anticipated revenge drama Wildflower, where she plays innocent Lily whose family is ruined by the Ardientes. When even her mother is killed, Lily will transform to the vindictive and venomous Ivy. From the teasers alone, we can see that this teleserye promises a Maja as we’ve never seen her before. So while we wait for the worldwide premiere of Wildflower this February 13, let us first look back on her Majasty’s impressive teleserye journey.
(2007) Pangarap na Bituin
“Pangarap na Bituin” is a musical primetime series about three sisters, Sapphire (Rica Peralejo), Emerald (Sarah Geronimo), and Ruby (Maja), who were separated in childhood after a calamity left them seemingly orphaned. They were reunited years later through their common love for music. They then form the pop trio group The Jewel sisters and become singing sensations. But fame comes with a cost; the relationship between the sisters gets strained because of rivalry and a man’s love. Playing as the youngest of the Jewel Sisters gave Maja the chance to showcase another one of her many talents. As Ruby, she was able to show that she can hold her own when it comes to singing, even alongside such known songstresses as Sarah and Rica.
(2008) Komiks Presents: Kapitan Boom
“Kapitan Boom” is a comedy fantaserye based on a comic strip by Mars Ravelo. It starts when Lance (Jay-R Siaboc) gains superpowers after being caught in a transmitter explosion. Kind-hearted by nature, Lance uses his special abilities to help people in need by turning into the clumsy superhero Kapitan Boom (Jon Avila), who saves the day despite his blunders. Aside from his superhero problems, Lance is also troubled by matters of the heart. He is in love with his classmate, Melody (Maja), who unfortunately, has eyes only for Kapitan Boom. And so, a love triangle of heroic proportions ensues.
(2009) Nagsimula sa Puso
Far from the teenybopper roles she played in most of her previous teleseryes, Maja took on a more sensual and mature character in “Nagsimula Sa Puso,” a TV remake of the 1990 film of the same title that starred Hilda Koronel, Richard Gomez, Cherie Gil, and the late Jay Ilagan. In this afternoon TV adaptation, Maja appears as Celina, a young college professor who has always been under the control of her domineering mother, Minda (Jaclyn Jose). In an act of defiance, Celina turns down the marriage proposal of her rich boyfriend, Jim (Jason Abalos). Her life is shaken even further when she meets engineering student Carlo (Coco Martin) whom she instantly dislikes. However, as she gets to know him better, she starts to see him in a different light. Will Celina risk everything for the love of a student?
Sam Milby pairs up with Maja in this installment of Precious Hearts Romances Presents. It also marks Pinoy Big Brother alums Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco’s first serious drama series. The story revolves around Devin (Melai), a country girl who got into a vehicular accident that resulted in the death of a beautiful model, Mariz (Maja). Devin ends up agreeing to a plastic surgery that transforms her looks to that of Mariz with the condition that she will assume her persona. The problem starts when Devin falls in love with Mariz’s husband Anthony, leaving her with the dilemma of whether to come clean or continue living a lie. Maja admitted that to prepare for her role as the top fashion model Mariz, she had to follow a strict diet and exercise regimen to slim down. But the effort obviously paid off since the viewers loved the series and it even earned a gold medal for the Best Telenovela Category in the International Emmy Awards.
(2011) Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin
Maja and Coco Martin team up once more in this epic family military drama, “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin.” It revolves around the lives of three generations of military men and shows how their lives are deeply intertwined with those of the rebels. Coco plays the roles of twin brothers who were separated at birth because of the deceit and greed of a woman. Oblivious of each other’s existence, Alexander grows up to be a soldier just like their father (John Estrada) and grandfather (Ronaldo Valdez), while Javier is raised in the company of rebels. They crossed paths during an encounter between the military and the insurgents. Alexander and Javier decide to learn more about each other, even going so far as switching lives on several occasions. Conflict arise when their secret is found out, especially since Alexander has already fallen in love with Javier’s former girlfriend Krista (Maja), while Javier has fallen for Alexander’s childhood friend Gabrielle (Andi Eigenmann). Ultimately, “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” is about love and family regardless of one’s political affiliation. Aside from being top-rated, the series has also won several accolades such as Best TV Drama Program from the 20th KBP Golden Dove Awards and Best Primetime TV Series from the 25th Star Awards for TV.
(2012) Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin
Maja teams up once again with Jason Abalos in this 1st anniversary offering of Precious Hearts Romances Presents. It tells the story of Janine, an interior designer from Cebu who’s engaged to a rich lawyer, Matthew (Patrick Garcia). Janine finally learns the truth about her mom after her father Maurice (Ariel Rivera) becomes terminally ill. He reveals that Janine was born out of his illicit affair with Consuelo (Ina Raymundo) whom he fell in love with not knowing that she was already married. Maurice then tells Janine to seek out her mother in Quezon. Once there, Janine rents a room in a transient house run by Consuelo and her family. While mustering the courage to confront her mom, Janine kept on bumping into the brash, happy-go-lucky copra farm owner Jake (Jason). Although she disliked him at first, she eventually falls for his carefree ways. Her feelings only intensified when Matthew arrives to take her back to Cebu. But when Janine finds out that her half-sister Karla (Ina Feleo) is pregnant with Jake’s child, she is left with the difficult choice of whether to honor her commitment with Matthew or to follow her heart.
(2013) Ina, Kapatid, Anak
Just as the title suggests, “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” explores the deep relationship and the conflicts that arise between mothers and their children, as well as between sisters. Maja plays Margaux, a sheltered rich heiress of the famous Memorata shoe company, while Kim Chiu is Celyn, a poor, ambitious girl from Cebu. Their paths crossed upon entering college in U.P. Diliman where they become the best of friends. Ethan (Enchong Dee), Margaux’s boyfriend, and her friend Liam (Xian Lim) also accept Celyn into their circle. However, Margaux’s domineering mom, Beatrice (Janice de Belen), disapproves of Celyn because she believes the latter is a bad influence for her daughter. A rift between the two girls emerges when Celyn informs Beatrice of Margaux and Ethan’s plans to elope. Their misunderstanding escalates into a full blown rivalry when a long-kept secret involving their mothers come to light. Will Celyn and Margaux ever be able to regain the close bond they used to have?
(2014) The Legal Wife
The melodrama The Legal Wife still proves to be one of the most talked-about teleseryes ever, with the video of the confrontation scene between Monica (Angel Locsin) and Nicole (Maja) going viral and spawning countless internet parodies and memes even up to now. In this drama series, Maja bravely takes on what could probably be one of her most unforgettable characters yet – the mistress of her best friend’s husband. But as the title insinuates, the focus of the story is on the legal wife Monica, her struggles, the reasons she stays, and her journey as a woman. Monica had a painful life growing up with her father. She eventually meets Adrian (Jericho Rosales) who teaches her to trust in love again. But the same man who mended her heart is also the one to break it once more when he cheats on her with her own best friend, Nicole.
(2014) Give Love on Christmas: The Gift of Life
“The Gift of Life” is the second story in the Kapamilya Christmas daytime TV special “Give Love on Christmas” which tackled stories of love, faith, relationships, and family. It is the first time that the then real-life couple Gerald Anderson and Maja Salvador teamed up for a project. “The Gift of Life” centers on Tristan (Gerald), a young man in need of a kidney transplant. In his search for possible kidney donors, he meets Melissa (Maja), a woman who has lost her faith in God after the death of her parents. They form an agreement that will change their lives and help them regain the very things that they have lost.
(2015) Bridges of Love
The primetime drama Bridges of Love revolves around two brothers, Gael (Jericho) and Carlos (Paulo Avelino), who were separated because of a tragedy that left one with hatred and the other with guilt. Unaware of each other’s identities, they cross paths years later when they fatefully fall for the same girl, Mia (Maja). She will either be the one to bridge the chasm between Gael and Carlos, or the one who will completely destroy what little love is left between the two brothers. Maja admitted that her character in the series is her most daring and bravest yet. She even revealed that she was apprehensive, and at the same time excited, that she had to perform sexy dance numbers for her role as the sultry club dancer Mia. But Maja’s fearlessness and hard work sure paid off big as “Bridges of Love” won her a Best Drama Actress award from the PMPC Star Awards for Television.
(2015) FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano
They say that third time’s the charm. This is proven especially true with Maja and Coco Martin’s third major TV collaboration, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. This TV adaptation of the classic Fernando Poe, Jr.’s action film is now considered as one of the highest-rating Philippine teleseryes of all time. Maja portrays Glen, the best friend of Cardo. She epitomizes the courage and loyalty to service of women police officers.