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At 30, Maja Salvador has come a long way in showbiz. She has achieved a lot as a TV and movie star, recording artist, and concert performer yet she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Relive Her Madgesty’s career highs in the photos below:

ON-AIR REUNION WITH DAD

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Maja was 14 years old when she decided to attend a modeling workshop for the summer break. It was there that she met the daughter of her would-be manager, Chit Ramos, a well-connected entertainment writer who paved the way for Maja to meet her real father, actor Ross Rival—Rosauro Reyes Salvador in real life, of the famed Salvador showbiz clan—after seven years. The meeting was documented on the now-defunct showbiz talk show, The Buzz.

 

START OF SOMETHING BIG

 

Maja's guesting in morning talk show Magandang Buhay revealed how she was discovered—truly, fate had a hand in every chapter of her success  

 

Former ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio was one of the viewers of The Buzz episode where the propitious meeting between Maja and her father was aired. Charo, who saw something in the niece of actor Phillip Salvador, then asked her staff to introduce her to Maja. It was the start of Maja’s fruitful career.

 

ACTING DEBUT

 Photo from Twitter (@majasuperstar)

Maja’s first TV series was It Might Be You (2003-2004), where she played a minor role alongside lead stars John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.

 

LAUNCHING MOVIE

Photo from ABS-CBN Cable Channels 

Maja in a Sukob still

 

In 2006, Maja made her film debut through the Chito Roño horror flick, Sukob, starring Kris Aquino and Claudine Barretto. Maja’s impressive performance gave her two nominations: FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress and Gawad PASADO Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also won two awards: the Golden Screen Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actress and Star Award for Movies for New Movie Actress of the Year.  

 

ONE MORE TIME WITH JOHN LLOYD & BEA

 Photo from ABS-CBN News

In 2007, Maja again worked with John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo in the mega-hit movie One More Chance. This time, Maja played a major role, that of Trisha, a singer whom John Lloyd’s character Popoy meets while he’s reeling from his breakup with Bea’s character, Basha. Trisha becomes Popoy’s girlfriend, and helps him to love again.

 

AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS

 Photo from ABS-CBN News

Maja proved her acting prowess when she won the Gawad Urian for Best Actress, and the Film Academy of the Philippines Award for Best Actress for her role as the titular character in Thelma (2011). She also co-produced the film directed by Paul Soriano.

 

HIT TELESERYE

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In 2012, Maja starred with Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, and Enchong Dee, in the widely successful TV series, Ina, Kapatid, Anak. The show ran from October 8, 2012 to June 14, 2013.

 

TOTAL PERFORMER

 Photo from PhilippineConcerts.com

Maja released her first-ever album called Believe in 2014. On July 12, 2014, the singer who can dance up a storm staged her first major concert, titled The Legal Performer, a play on the name of the TV series she starred in at the time, The Legal Wife.

 

COCO’S LEADING LADY

Photo from ABS-CBN Entertainment 

Maja’s onscreen chemistry with Coco Martin worked wonders in the daytime soap Nagsimula sa Puso (2009) and in the primetime series Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (2011). They proved it again in the long-running action-drama series, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. Maja was part of the show’s original cast when it was launched in September 2015.

 

WILDFLOWER PHENOM

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Maja’s biggest and most popular TV role to date is undoubtedly that of Lily Cruz-Torillo/Ivy P. Aguas in the popular teleserye Wildflower. The show, which ran from February 2017 to February 2018, had, at one point, reached a viewer rating high of 35.2 percent, according to Kantar Media National TV Ratings.

 

 

Maja cover photo from Solar Ent. Corp., Wildflower, ABS-CBN Entertainment