Maja Salvador says mistakes, heartaches made her a better person

8/11/2016 7:51 AM
by: Gerry Plaza

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More than her endearing portrayal of SPO1 Glen Corpuz we now sorely miss, or essaying those riveting characters in her previous teleseryes or films, Maja Salvador reveals far more fulfilling victories that heighten her 12-year trek as a multi-award winning actress: learning from painful mistakes, terrible heartaches and moving on.

Talagang ang dami kong natututunan and siyempre meron doon yung may mga pinagdadaanan ka pero sa mga pinagdadaanan mo, parang ang pinakaimportante doon ay kung paano mo binabangon ulit yung sarili mo, di ba,” Maja told PUSH in an exclusive interview.

While she did win movie acting honors, notably a Famas Best Supporting Actress Award for Sukob in 2007 and an Urian Best Actress plum for Thelma in 2012, and took home several recognitions for her TV portrayals in Ina, Kapatid, Anak in 2013 and The Legal Wife in 2014, more emphasis was made on her non-thespic battles—particularly her bouts with controversies primarily involving past romances.

Picking up the pieces

And, yes, she has admitted “mistakes” that led her to a downspiral, but not without picking up the pieces and starting over again.

Kahit naman nadadapa ka or ano, pag nabangon mo ulit yung sarili mo, pagiging successful na rin yun. Kasi para sa akin, isang meaning ng pagiging successful is you know how to accept all your flaws and mistakes–na mistake lang talaga siya na hindi mo uulitin or kailangan pagdaanan yun ng tao,” Maja said. “Depende yun sa ‘yo, it’s your decision pa rin kung mag­du­dwell ka or nandoon ka lang sa pinagdadaanan mo na yun, or ililigtas mo yung sarili mo or mag­de­decide ka na...hindi ayoko na dito. Kailangan mag­step up ka na. Kailangan kung hindi ka okay sa path na ito, ang daming puwedeng direksyon, di ba. And hindi masama na mag­try ng mag­try ng mag­try,” she added.

During those times of despair, when she felt alone and disheartened, Maja said all it took was still feeling blessed despite it all because there are more people in the world suffering far worse problems. “Mas may malalaki pang problema yung iba kaysa sa akin. Minsan nga yung problema ko or ibang tao, akala mo problema na pero kaartehan lang pala. Di ba may mga sitwasyon or problem na it’s not complicated, tao lang yung nagpapa­komplikado ng sitwasyon na yun.” Maja stressed. “Yung mga taong yun, yun yung parang ready to take all the challenges in life. Meron kasi pag nag give up or maarte ka sa buhay, wala talo ka eh.”

A better person

Maja added that those hurtful experiences in life made her a better person.

Kung ano yung pain or kung ano yung hirap na pinagdadaanan mo, minsan malaking tulong rin yun sa kung saan ka papunta sa direksyon mo sa buhay eh or kung ano yung dream mo or pangarap mo,” she declared. But what really lifts Maja up is her unequivocal, boundless faith in God that everything will turn out fine even in seemingly hopeless situations.

Kahit yung pag­asa sobrang liit na, parang ako, I always trust Him. Always trust the Lord,” Maja said.

Valuable lessons

How did Maja learn these valuable lessons? Reeling from those heartaches and setbacks on a personal level is one way but Maja reveals that her craft and profession as an actress, essaying true people’s troublesome, problematic journeys to redemption and fulfillment gives her precious life pointers. “May mga matututunan ka kasi syempre…nakakapag­share ka ng kwento ng isang buhay ng tao na pwedeng parang manggising sa mga taong nanunuod na, ‘Ah ayoko mangyari yan. Ia­apply ko yan, kung anuman nangyari sa kanya.’”

But more than being enriched by the characters she portrays, Maja said it is the experience of meeting and working with a diverse set of colleagues made her wiser.

“Hindi lang talaga sa characters eh. It’s the people who surrounds you. The experience. Parang sa dami ng taong makakaharap mo, iba’t iba ang personality. Iba’t iba ka nila tratuhin,” Maja emphasized. “Sa dami ng tao na nakakaharap ko, at the end of the day may mga ayoko ang ugali, may mga gusto. Gusto ko ba ma­experience yun sa akin? May ganun ako lagi. Pero syempre hindi ko naman naa­apply lahat yun or nagagawa, di ba?,” Maja noted.

Reminder

She said these people serve as a “reminder” of what or what not to do in life. “Sa bawat tao na makakasalamuha mo, ireremind ka nila bago ka matulog. Reminder sila sa yo. Sa isang buong araw, iisa­isahin ko yung mga nakausap ko at kung ano yung natutunan ko o kung ano yung pangit na ugali ng taong yun (na hindi ko susundin),” she said. And after leaving FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Maja said she will pursue more TV dramas, teleseryes and movie projects in the future because there are too many wonderful stories to tell and interesting roles to play.

“Ang dami kong gustong gawin kasi ang daming kwento eh–sa mundong ito, ang daming kwento. Sobrang may mystery, di ba? Ang daming mga tanong pa na minsan alam mo na yung sagot pero hindi pa yun yung final answer dahil may ibang sagot pa pala yung ibang tao. Dahil bawat tao iba’t ibang personality, iba’t ibang kwento, iba’t ibang pinagdadaanan. May iba’t ibang saltik.

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