Maja Salvador tearfully accepts Best Actress trophy during 35th Gawad Urian

“Sulit po ang paghihirap at sulit rin ang paghihintay para sa Best Actress Award,” says Maja Salvador about winning the Best Actress plum in the 35th Gawad Urian.


Maja Salvador’s efforts to train as a track and field runner have finally paid off.

After being in the entertainment scene for the past 10 years, the young actress earned her first Best Actress trophy for the indie film Thelma.

Maja was able to beat other veteran actresses for the said honor during the 35thGawad Urian held last night, June 13, at the AFP Theater at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

The other nominees in that category were: Lilia Cuntapay (Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay), Raquel Villavicencio (Bisperas), Eugene Domingo (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank), Opaline Santos (The Natural Phenomenon of Madness), Maria Isabel Lopez (Cuchera), Alessandra de Rossi (Ka Oryang), Fides Cuyugan (Niño), Cherie Pie Picache (Isda) and Diana Zubiri (Bahay Bata).

“Ganito pala ang pakiramdam,” said Maja as tears streamed down her face during her acceptance speech.

“Gawad Urian, maraming-maraming salamat po.

"Sampung taon na ’ko sa industriya, ngayon lang ako nanalo ng Best Actress award.

“Sa mga producers, maraming salamat sa tiwala dahil sa akin ninyo ibinigay ang Thelma.

"Sa aking director na si Paul Soriano, maraming salamat.

"Sa aking managers, Tita Mariole [Alberto], Mr. M [Johnny Manahan], sa mama ko, sa papa ko na nasa heaven na, para sa Kanya ito.”

Maja then thanked her make-up artist who gave her a vote of confidence that night.

“Salamat sa pag-makeup mo. Sabi niya, ‘Papagandahin kita, baka manalo ka.’

"Siguro nga, nagandahan sila sa akin kaya ako nanalo.

"Salamat po, Gawad Urian, maraming-maraming salamat.”

After the awarding ceremony, Maja told the press: “Lahat ng hirap ko sa paggawa ng pelikula, lahat yun nawala dahil may nakapansin po ng talento. Maraming salamat po.”

What was her initial reaction when she learned that she won the Best Actress award?

“Noong una, hindi ako tumatayo kasi sabi ko, ’Sigurado bang ako yun?’ Sinisigurado ko pa muna.

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"Sine-share ko itong award sa iba pang nominado sa Best Actress dahil lahat naman kami naghirap sa kanya-kanyang pelikula.

"Lahat naman ng aktres at aktor ginagalingan nila sa kanilang pelikula.”

Would she consider this to be her biggest accomplishment in her career so far?

“Opo naman, bilang isang artista, isa iyon sa mga pangarap namin. Bawat artista, pangarap na magkaroon ng Best Actress Award.

"At ito, natupad na ang sa akin.”

Who among the nominees did she consider as her toughest competitor?

“Si Alessandra de Rossi dahil napakagaling din po niyang artista at ang dami na po niyang awards na napalunan.”

The actress wants to draw inspiration from this recognition so she can improve as an actress.

“Gagamitin ko po itong motivation at mas excited ako na gumawa ng mas marami at mas magandang pelikula.”

Does this mean that she will become choosy in selecting her future projects?

“Hindi naman po sa magiging mapili, pero kasi yung mga pelikula na io-offer sa iyo, hindi naman sa hindi mo tatanggapin dahil ayaw mo… hindi naman maganda yung tanggap ka nang tanggap ’tapos hindi mo naman natatanggap nang maigi.

“Para sa akin, tatanggap ako ng pelikula na alam kong kaya kong gawin at mabibigyan ko ng hustisya ang hinihingi ng writer sa karakter na gagampanan ko.”

How does she feel about living up to the reputation of the Salvador clan?

“Pressure ang pagiging isang Salvador dahil napakagaling nilang actor at aktres.

"Kaya binibigay ko ang best ko para makagawa ako ng isang magandang proyekto para hindi ako itaboy ng Salvador clan,” Maja said with a smile.

She added, “Gusto ko po kasi maging proud sila sa akin.”

Maja will soon be seen in the ABS-CBN teleserye Ina, Anak, Kapatid. She will also be part of the omnibus film of Star Magic tentatively titled Crazy Love.

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The lead actress of Thelma considers her white gown from Pepsi Herrera as her lucky charm that night.

“Sobra pong suwerte kasi usually nanghihiram lang ako ng gown, pero sabi niya [Pepsi Herrera] na gagawan na lang niya ako kasi love naman niya ako.

"Lucky charm rin siguro ang gown na ito.”


MATTEO GUIDICELLI. Maja’s boyfriend, Matteo Guidicelli, was unable to attend the awards night since he was in Cebu.

Maja recalled, “Nung ginagawa ko ang Thelma, si Matteo naman ang isa sa mga naging inspirasyon ko.”

When asked regarding her plans to celebrate her triumph, she quipped, “Dapat siya [Matteo] ang gumawa ng paraan para i-surprise ako!”


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