Maja Ross Andres Salvador (born October 5, 1988) is a Filipina singer, actress, dancer, model, and producer. She is currently under the management of ABS-CBN's Star Magic and is regarded as the "Dance Princess of the Philippines". In 2011, Salvador co-produced and portrayed the title role in the film Thelma, which earned her the Gawad Urian Award and the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress.


Salvador started her acting career as a short supporting character in the 2003 TV series It Might Be You which was then top-billed by John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. She was later on cast as one of the lead characters in Spirits the following year and has appeared in several episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya.

In 2006, Salvador made her film debut as one of the supporting characters in the horror movie Sukob wherein she portrayed the role of a clairvoyant young girl. This earned her several accolades including the Star Award for Movies for New Movie Actress of the Year and the Golden Screen Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress, as well as a nomination at the FAMAS Awards for Best Supporting Actress. That same year, she also starred as a social climber teenage girl in the film First Day High and was also critically acclaimed for her portrayal as a teenager suffering from cerebral palsy in the "Regalo" episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya. For the latter, Salvador earned a nomination for Best Single Performance by an Actress at the Star Awards for Television but lost to co-star Vilma Santos, who played as her mother in the said episode.

Salvador reunited with John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo in the 2007 box-office movie One More Chance. Her portrayal in the film was highly regarded by movie buffs, describing her "perfect" and "luminous". The role gained her a Star Award for Movies nomination for Movie Supporting Actress of the Year. During this year, she was also cast as one of the three leads in the TV series Pangarap na Bituin along with Sarah Geronimo and Rica Peralejo.

In 2009, she top-billed the afternoon drama series Nagsimula sa Puso, a remake of the 1990 film of the same title, in addition to appearing as one of the principal characters in the primetime drama May Bukas Pa. Salvador also starred in films such as Villa Estrella and Shake Rattle and Roll XI which was an entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival. She later on starred in the television series Impostor in 2010 and in the horror film Cinco.

Salvador, in 2011, was cast as one of the main characters in the critically acclaimed family-military drama series Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin. That same year, she also co-produced the independent film Thelma, with which she also starred in the title role. Her performance in the film was praised by Philippine Entertainment Portal's Bong Godinez, stating in his review that Salvador gives an "impressive performance" and that she "brandished her depth as an actress without going overboard". He also added that she "[dishes] out the emotions in an understated manner". However, Tessa Guazon of the Young Critics Circle - Film Desk criticized Salvador's performance by saying that there are failures in "conflict and depth". Furthermore, she mentioned that Salvador was out of track in the movie and that she "missed [the] subtle leap". Despite mixed reviews on the film, Salvador went on and won the Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress as well as the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress.

In 2012, Salvador starred in the afternoon drama series Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin as Janine Castillo, and subsequently in the primetime soap Ina, Kapatid, Anak alongside Kim Chiu in the title role as Margaux Marasigan. She also starred in films My Cactus Heart and 24/7 in Love.

As of 2014, Salvador starred as Nicole Esquivel in the highly controversial teleserye, The Legal Wife, alongside Angel Locsin, Jericho Rosales, and JC De Vera.

In 2015, Salvador starred as Mia Sandoval alongside Jericho Rosales and Paulo Avelino in Bridges of Love. After the high ratings of the teleserye, she reunited with her on-screen partner Coco Martin in the remake of FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.

Music career

In December 2013, it was announced that Salvador had signed a recording contract with Ivory Music & Video. While recording the album, Salvador worked with award-winning arranger and producer, Jonathan Ong. By March 2014, she revealed through her Instagram account that the title will be Believe along with its track listing which contains mainly original composition and two cover songs. The carrier single, "Dahan-Dahan", was released on March 6 while the album was released nationwide on March 25. The album also features collaborations with rapper Abra and Project Pinas. Salvador also co-wrote a song titled "Buong Gabi". She released her first single from the said album titled "Dahan Dahan".

On June 8, 2014, the album was eventually certified gold for selling over 7,500 copies nationwide and Salvador appeared on ASAP to receive a Gold Record award. She also staged her first major sold out concert entitled "MAJ: The Legal Performer" on July 12 at the Music Museum. In September 14, 2014 she released her second single called "Halikana" featuring Abra. The same month the music reached at no. 7 in the top 10 Philippine pop music.

On March 15, 2015, during an interview with Myx she revealed details on her second album and that its carrier single will be released by the end of the month. On April 9, 2015, a photo was uploaded on Salvador's Facebook page showing herself on set to film a music video for the carrier single titled, "Bakit Ganito Ang Pag Ibig", with actor JC De Vera. The single was digitally released on April 17. Her second album, titled Maja In Love, was released on April 30. It features collaborations with Sam Milby and Rayver Cruz. In November she staged her second major concert at the Mall of Asia Arena, dubbed as .

Personal life

Salvador is a member of a family of actors which includes her father, Ross Rival and uncle Phillip Salvador.

In 2013 Salvador joined the PETA campaign to from captivity in Manila zoo and have her transferred to where she can be given proper treatment and care. Mali is the only captive elephant in the Philippines and the zoo does not have adequate knowledge or resources to properly care for her.



2003It Might Be YouCara Victorino
2004–10Maalaala Mo KayaVarious roles13 episodes
Nominated — Star Award for Television for Best Single Performance by an Actress (for Episode: "Regalo")
2006Your Song Presents: Akin Ka Na LangKate
Sa Piling MoMarisa
Your Song Presents: Sayang Ang LahatCharmaine
Komiks Presents: MomayMomay
Love Spell Presents: Home Switch HomeShine
Star Magic Presents: Sabihin Mo LangCeline
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro PendukoMerrydith Ambing
2007Love Spell Presents: Shoes Ko Po, Shoes Ko 'Day!Dianne
Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga EngkantaoMarie
Pangarap na BituinKimmy Bautista/Ruby Gomez
2008Sineserye Presents: Patayin Sa Sindak Si BarbaraAgnes
Your Song Presents: Kapag Ako ay NagmahalAndrea Rivera5 episodes
Komiks Presents: Kapitan BoomMelody
2009Komiks Presents: Nasaan Ka Maruja?Leila
Nagsimula sa PusoCelina Fernandez75 episodes
2009–10May Bukas PaStella Rodrigo
2010Your Song Presents: Love Me, Love YouTeacher Glenda Corpuz2 episodes
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: ImpostorMariz Florencio/Devin Ventura
WansapanataymIndayEpisode: "Inday sa Balitaw"
2011Your Song Presents: KimRomelynEpisode: "Best Friends Forever"
Minsan Lang Kita IibiginKaye "Krista" Villanueva-Del Tierro118 episodes
2011–12My Binondo GirlMa'am Amber Dionisio61 episodes
2012Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Lumayo Ka Man Sa AkinJanine del Castillo73 episodes
Toda MaxDarlingEpisode: "Darling"
2012–13Ina, Kapatid, AnakMargaux Marasigan-Castillo178 episodes
2014The Legal WifeNicole Esquivel98 episodes
Give Love on Christmas: The Gift of LifeMelissa Francisco10 episodes
2015Bridges of LoveMia Sandoval103 episodes
2015-2016FPJ's Ang ProbinsyanoGlenda "Glen" Corpuz
2016Home Sweetie HomeGlenda "Glen" Corpuz2 episodes


2006SukobJoyaStar CinemaGolden Screen Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress
Star Award for Movies for New Movie Actress of the Year
Nominated — FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Gawad PASADO Award for Best Supporting Actress
First Day HighPrecious Princess Jewel "Pré" Samartino
2007My Kuya's WeddingKatRegal Films
One More ChanceTrishaStar CinemaNominated — Star Award for Movies for Movie Supporting Actress of the Year
2008Kelly! Kelly! (Ang Hit na Musical)Kelly
2009Villa EstrellaGiselle/Andrea
Shake Rattle and Roll XIClaireRegal FilmsSegment: "Diablo"
2010CincoRoseStar CinemaSegment: "Mata"
Father JejemonIsabelRVQ Productions
2011ThelmaThelmaTime Horizon Pictures
Underground Logic
Star Cinema
Also producer
Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress
Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama)
Nominated — Star Award for Movies for Movie Actress of the Year
2012My Cactus HeartSandySkylight Films
24/7 in LoveBarbara AlcarazStar Cinema
2013Status: It's ComplicatedRinaRegal Films
2015You're Still The OneEliseStar Cinema, Regal Films


YearAlbum titleRecording labelCertification
2014BelieveIvory Music and VideoPlatinum
2015Maja In LovePlatinum
YearSong titleAlbumRecording label
2014Dahan-DahanBelieveIvory Music and Video
Halika Na
2015Bakit Ganito Ang Pag-IbigMaja In Love
Love Me, Kill Me

Believe soundtracks

  1. Kilig
  2. Halika Na - featuring Abra
  3. Wala Na Bang Pag-Ibig
  4. Dahan-Dahan
  5. Urong-Sulong
  6. Buong Gabi - featuring Project Pina
  7. Kilig (instrumental)
  8. Dahan-Dahan (instrumental)

Maja In Love soundtracks

  1. Bakit Ganito Ang Pag-Ibig
  2. Habulan
  3. Nakawin Ang Sandali
  4. Gaano Kalayo? - featuring Sam Milby
  5. Hiling - featuring Rayver Cruz
  6. Love Me, Kill Me
  7. Bakit Ganito Ang Pag-Ibig (club music)
  8. Bakit Ganito Ang Pag-Ibig (instrumental)

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
YearAward giving bodyCategoryNominated workResults
200418th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest New Female TV PersonalityIt Might Be YouNominated
200620th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Single Performance by an ActressMaalaala Mo Kaya: RegaloNominated
YES! Magazine Reader's Choice AwardNext Big Female StarN/AWon
37th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment AwardsMost Promising Female StarSukobWon
200755th FAMAS AwardsGerman Moreno Youth Achievement AwardN/ANominated
Best Supporting ActressSukobWon
Gawad PASADO AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
22nd PMPC Star Awards for MoviesNew Movie Actress of the YearWon
ENPRESS Golden Screen AwardsBreakthrough Performance by an ActressWon
GoogleGoogle's Most Searched Female ActressN/AWon
200824th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Supporting Actress of the YearOne More ChanceNominated
Celebrity Fab of the NightN/AWon
2009Anak TV Seal AwardsMost Admired Female TV PersonalityN/AWon
FHM Philippines100 Sexiest WomenN/AIncluded
201230th Luna AwardsBest ActressThelmaWon
36th Gawad Urian AwardsWon
28th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Actress of the YearNominated
ENPRESS Golden Screen AwardsBest Actress in a Leading Role (Drama)Nominated
2013FHM Philippines100 Sexiest WomenIncluded
Golden Screen TV AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama SeriesIna Kapatid AnakNominated
27th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Drama ActressNominated
201428th PMPC Star Awards for TVThe Legal WifeNominated
10th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice AwardsPop Song"Dahan-Dahan"Won
Pop Music VideoNominated
Pop Female Artist"Believe"Nominated
6th PMPC Star Awards for MusicDance Album of the YearWon
201546th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment AwardsPromising Female SingerWon
Promising Performer of the YearWon
10th Myx Music AwardsFavorite New ArtistNominated
Favorite Myx Celebrity VJN/ANominated
Golden Screen TV AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama ProgramBridges of LoveNominated
29th PMPC Star Awards for TVBest Drama ActressBridges of LoveWon
201647th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment AwardsMost Promising Female Concert PerformerMajastyWon
HAU's Paragala Central Luzon Media AwardsBest Actress in a TV SeriesBridges of LoveWon