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Maja moves

How PH Dance Princess grooves to the music of life, love, and showbiz



Some 16 years in show business, Maja Salvador continues to prove she is one of the most versatile stars of her generation.

Aside from getting praises for her acting prowess and hit songs, she is widely known as Dance Princess of the Philippines.

In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment, Maja shared how dancing paved the way for her to enjoy a fruitful career.

“It started when I became part of ‘It Might Be You’ (Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz-starrer series in 2003) where I was paired with John Prats,” she recalled. “That was the first time they (management) saw me dance. So, they invited me to perform on ‘ASAP’ every Sunday after that and for many years now.”

Then just to state a fact, and not to brag, Maja said: “Dancing is one of the reasons people love me.”

Given her dedication, no wonder she was tapped to be one of the judges on the recently concluded reality competition “World Of The Dance Philippines.”

The 30-year-old artist described the experience as one “roller-coaster” ride.

“Roller coaster because I treated every contestant as a family member so I was affected every time they performed, they cried or got emotional,” she said.

Maja was not oblivious to bashers questioning her credibility as judge. Still, she ignores them, focusing more on the fact that she is partly responsible for sending the winner, FCPC Baliktanaw, to represent the Philippines in the international counterpart of the show.

Maja may already have the groove, but she doesn’t rest on her laurels. She continues to attend workshops and training to improve her dancing. Her dream collaboration? No less than with American singer-actress-dancer Jennifer Lopez.

“In the first place, she’s the one who inspired me to pursue this. As the saying goes, libre lang mangarap. So why not, right?” she said.

The multi-talented artist was recently tapped as Dance Ambassador by National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

In line with this year’s International Dance Day, NCCA chairman and national artist Virgilio S. Almario and national committee on dance head Shirley Halili-Cruz are once again organizing “Dance Xchange: The Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival.”

Following the theme “Cultural Connectivity through Dance,” it happens on April 26 to 30 in Roxas City, Capiz.

“Dance Xchange” is also held in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 154, declaring the last of week April as “the National Dance Week.” The program aims to enhance knowledge and skills of the dancers, dance teachers, and choreographers on dance of the different countries as creative expression of their culture. With the number of international delegates participating, the event also seeks to provide venue for exchange of ideas and showcase the unique dances of each participating country.

“I don’t know what led me to be an ambassador but I’m so grateful and thankful to be part of this cultural event,” Maja said, adding she aims to encourage youth to love our own dance and music.

Asked what dance genre would best describe her life, she said it is jazz.

“Lahat ng nangyari sa buhay ko, hindi mabilisan. Parang jazz, tama lang, swabeng galawan lang.”

Today, Palm Sunday, is the start of Holy Week.

And for a celebrity who works literally every day, it could only mean one thing: Vacation!

Maja will be flying to the US to rest and have some “me time.” The actress is going with her lover, businessman Rambo Nuñez.

It was early March when Maja admitted that she’s “back together” with him. The two were in a relationship nine years ago but they broke up because she was forced to pick between career and love.

Asked about the traits she likes about him, she said he is family-oriented, someone who loves his mother more than anything — a plus point for her.

She added that Rambo’s family has been very welcoming towards her. The actress even calls his mother “mhom.”

Maja said she had always wanted to have a non-showbiz boyfriend to keep the relationship private. But, of course, public attention is inevitable and they understand it.

“Sometimes he gets surprised din (with the attentions given to him). He has got so many followers on social media now and when he doesn’t post pictures of us, he receives messages like ‘LQ ba kayo ni Ate Maja,’” she shared. “Thankfully, he’s very understanding. He knows it’s part of my life as a celebrity. So now, we feel like we are a showbiz love team.”

Dancing Darna?
As for future projects, Maja revealed a film and another teleserye are on their way.

What about Darna, we teased.

The topic was brought up since Maja’s name has been among the top picks of fans following Liza Soberano’s exit from the highly-anticipated project.

She, whose memorable roles include Lily Cruz in the action-packed “Wildflower,” led a number of informal polls. Netizens and some artists selected the actress as the subject of mock-ups depicting her in Darna’s red battle gear.

Asked if she would accept the role if offered, Maja gave a tentative answer.

According to her, she would rather “shut her mouth” on the subject out of respect for Liza.

“I’m flattered that many want me for the role. I was actually surprised when I heard about the clamor,” she noted. “But for now, I don’t want to talk about it since I treat Liza as my baby sister. I respect her and I know how hard it is for her to back out. She really likes to portray Darna but, you know, with the situation, it’s best that she prioritizes her health.”

Maja admitted the idea of her donning Darna’s red cape would be a “pressure,” as it means following in the footsteps of Angel Locsin.

“That’s really hard,” Maja said. “I’m happy with the Tweets and all but for now, I’d rather not comment.”












April 29, 2016 from 3 PM to 10 PM  



Aliw Theater

CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Philippines  

Title of event

2nd BM NCCA IDD Festival 2016

Yugyugan Para sa Kultura ng Bayan  



Ballet Manila, National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Aliw Theater


Ballet Manila, dance schools and companies in the region representing ballet, modern, contemporary, folk, ethnic dance genres


Hosted by Lisa Macuja Elizalde and Osias Barroso Jr as Festival Directors, the 2nd Ballet Manila NCCA IDD Festival aims to showcase convergence of ballet, modern, contemporary, folk, hip hop, folk and ethnic dance forms. The NCCA National IDD Celebration runs from April 25-30 in key Philippine cities. The 2nd BM NCCA IDD Festival is the NCR leg of the event and will be held on April 29, 2016 at the Aliw Theater.    Two segments run from 3 to 630 PM. The GALA showcase runs at 7 PM.


Contact details 

​Dante Perez
Festival Coordinator
632 400 0292
1915 Donada Street, Pasay City, Philippines 1300 ​

2nd BM NCCA IDD Festival















1.  Date and time of the event:
29 April 2015, 8:00pm-9:00pm
Tickets are by donation

2.  Venue: Full address, hints on how to go there:
Ballet Philippines Studio 1 (Near the Folk Arts Theater), Liwasang Ullalim, Pedro Bukaneg St., Pasay City 1307, Philippines
Take the south bound road of Roxas Blvd., turn right on Pedro Bukaneg St., and go straight until the Folk Arts Theater, Studio 1 will be on your right.

3.  Title of event
New Choreographers and Dancers Showcase

4.  Organizer
Ballet Philippines
5.  Participants
Ballet Philippines, Ballet Philippines 2 and BP Dance School

6.  Description-Program
BP’s International Dance Day celebration showcases the young dancers of Ballet Philippines. Through glimpses of their beginning choreographies and recent works, we bring forth the next generation of choreographers who are set to push the Philippine art scene into the 21st Century.
It features reimagined works by Edana Labitoria and Erl Emmanuel Sorilla, a restaging of a thesis production of the College of St. Benilde Dance Program by Danilo Dayo, an excerpt from the upcoming Summer Dance Workshop Recital by Gillianne Gequinto, and new works by Richardson Yadao, Ian Nick Tiba, Bonifacio Guerrero and guest hip hop teacher Margherita Vasselli.
7.  Contact details: 
(632) 551-1003 or 832-3689; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;




Dance Day        يوم الرقص       Journée de la Danse       舞蹈日       Día de la Danza       День Танца 

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