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Maja Salvador's greatest achievement: "Nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral yung kapatid mo"

by Nikko Tuazon
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Maja Salvador: "Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral yung kapatid mo...Hindi man ako nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral pero nai-share ko yun lahat." Also in photo: Her younger brother Kirby Andres.
PHOTO/S: @iammajasalvador on Instagram

Maja Salvador considers putting her siblings through college as her greatest achievement, although she herself was unable to finish her studies.

She said this in her interview with I Feel U, a YouTube show hosted by Toni Gonzaga, on July 26, "Siguro na-sacrifice ko yung school kahit anong gusto ko na mag-aral.

"Tinanggap ko lang na, 'Hindi, dito muna ako.' Yung para kang naging nanay nang maaga.

"Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral yung kapatid mo.

"May kanya-kanya nang trabaho, yung ganun. Hindi man ako nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral pero nai-share ko yun lahat.

"Yung pagod at paghihirap ko, nagbunga ng maganda sa mga kapatid ko."

Only after seeing her siblings off to a good start that Maja pursued her dream of finishing a college degree.

In 2016, she took up the online course Business Administration of AMA Computer College.

BREADWINNER AT A YOUNG AGE

Recalling her hard-luck childhood, Maja said it has always been her dream to give her family a better life.

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Most of all, she wanted to give them a permanent home.

She recalled during her digital chat with Toni, "Siyempre, bata ka pa lang, nakikita mo na lahat ng mga nangyayari sa family mo. Alam mo yung palipat-lipat ako ng bahay?

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"Parang... siyempre yung mommy ko nagtatrabaho abroad, 'tapos ako palipat-lipat ako ng bahay sa mga kapatid niya para alagaan ako, yung ganun.

"Kasi wala kaming bahay, nakikitira kami. Sa probinsya ako lumaki.

"Nung umuwi na yung mama ko sa Pilipinas, nag-decide siya na kunin na ako sa mga kapatid niya 'tapos sa Manila na kami.

"Nung nasa Manila na kami, nakitira naman kami sa mga pinsan niya.

"Alam mo yun, wala talagang permanent, wala, na bahay, wala kaming sariling bahay.

"Doon pa lang, parang doon nag-umpisa akong mangarap hindi lang para sa akin kung di para sa pamilya ko."

Maja continued to recount how she landed in the entertainment scene in 2003 at the age of 14.

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Maja said, "Nung high school ako, dun ako nag-start sumali-sali ng magazine contest, ganyan.

"Hanggang sa second year ako, dun ko nakilala yung manager [Chit Ramos] ko dati.

"Ayun, nung nagkaroon ng oportunidad, siyempre in-embrace natin kaagad yun, hindi natin pinakawalan.

"At ibinigay natin nang 1,000 percent, nang buong-buo para magawa mong maayos yung trabaho mo.

"At siyempre pagdadasal para lagi tayong tulungan ni God."

SUPPORTIVE SISTER

In 2015, Maja was accused of being a snob and indifferent to her siblings.

This was denied by her half-sister Jessy Salvador, who was also starting her showbiz career at that time.

Apart from getting non-monetary treats from Maja, Jessy said in an interview with the now-defunct showbiz talk show, Aquino & Abunda Tonight, "Nagbibigay siya monthly."

Her half-brother, Kirby Andres, also expressed his gratitude to Maja for helping finance his college studies at the San Beda College in Manila. He graduated in April 2016 at with a degree in Operations Management.

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Kirby said about his sister when he appeared in the show Magandang Buhay in July 2016, "Siya yung parang the best talaga.

"Kasi siya lang yung kapatid ko so nafu-fullfill niya yung role na yun.

"Kahit di ko siya kasama lagi, always updated ako sa kanya or sa amin."

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The actress' half-sister Marie Salvador, who was with Kirby and Maja in the same Magandang Buhay interview, also said she finished college with her help.

Marie told the show's hosts, "Hindi naman po kami sobrang nagkikita.

"Ano siya, e, sa pag-aaral... 'Tapusin mo yung pag-aaral mo kasi iyan yung pinaka-kayamanan mo.'"

Maja interjected, "Kasi aminin natin, yung mga artista, walang time mag-aral kasi di ba?

"So nakaka-inggit man, katulad nun, gusto kong kunin kapag nag-aral ako Tourism, di ba?

"Gusto daw niya [Marie]. 'O sige, go!'"

She went on to explain, "Sa family naman po namin, sa Salvador clan, tulungan naman po. Hindi lahat ako."

Maja related in the show about feeling lucky to have a good relationship with her siblings even if their parents did not end up together.

She said, "Masuwerte talaga ako, parang kahit na hindi buo yung pamilya ko...kahit na hindi nagkatuluyan yung mommy ko at daddy ko.

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"Kahit hiwalay sila, masuwerte ako kasi yung ginawa nung mommy ko at ng daddy ko... na huwag magdamot.

"Hindi nila sinabi na, 'Huwag mo masyadong bigyan iyan ng pagmamahal' or 'Huwag ka masyadong magbibigay dahil half-sister mo lang sila, half-brothers.'

"Hindi, e, parang, 'Nanggaling kayo sa amin, mahalin niyo ang isa't isa kasi magkakapatid kayo, walang kalahati-kalahati.' Parang ganun.

"Yun yung parang wala mang kayamanan yung daddy namin sa amin, iniwan niya kami na close kaming lahat."

Maja and Kirby's mom Thelma is now married to Roy Linklater. Maja's father, Ross Rival, passed away in 2007 after his long battle with cancer.

Maja has ten siblings, including Luchi Salvador-Joson, Shyla Salvador, and the late actor JonJon Hernandez.

Luchi is the daughter of Ross with character actress Malou de Guzman. Jonjon was Ross's eldest child with his legal wife, veteran actress Alicia Alonzo.

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Maja Salvador: "Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral yung kapatid mo...Hindi man ako nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral pero nai-share ko yun lahat." Also in photo: Her younger brother Kirby Andres.
PHOTO/S: @iammajasalvador on Instagram
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