Maja Salvador and Kim Chiu in November 2012. Photo from ABS-CBN writer Garlic Garcia's Instagram page
MANILA -- Maja Salvador has finally opened up about fellow ABS-CBN contract artist Kim Chiu, with whom she recently reconciled after a year of estrangement over actor Gerald Anderson.
Salvador was asked about the reconciliation Tuesday on the sidelines of a photo shoot for local clothing line Petit Monde, which has renewed its endorsement contract with the actress for a fourth year.
"Sobrang saya," the 25-year-old actress said of Anderson, who is now also in good terms with Chiu, his former girlfriend. "Alam kong hindi lang sila, ako, kami, alam kong kayong lahat."
"Kasi siguro lahat iyon ang pinagdadasal, and 'di ba, walang binibigay 'yung Diyos... 'Yung dasal mo, ibibigay at ibibigay niya. Tamang timing lang," she said.
Salvador and Chiu were known to be close friends until January 2013 when the "Ikaw Lamang" star expressed regret that their friendship went to waste, following reports of a blooming relationship between Salvador and Anderson.
The two have since confirmed being a couple.
Chiu and Anderson, who were a popular onscreen couple for four years, controversially ended their real-life relationship in 2010.
At the time Chiu and Salvador had a falling out, the two actresses were starring in the series, "Ina, Kapatid, Anak," which ended its run in June 2013.
Several reports surfaced saying Chiu and Salvador, while professional on the series' set, were no longer in speaking terms.
"At iyon, ito 'yung time na hinihintay naming lahat dumating na," said Salvador, who had been vocal of her hopes to make amends with Chiu.
'Love, love, love!'
Asked if she exerted effort to reach out to Chiu in the past year, Salvador said, "Oo naman, sa lahat ng bagay, 'di ba? Kailangan mo mag-effort, e. Parang may mga efforts ka dati, hindi nag-wo-work, pero huwag ka mag-give up. Try mo lang nang i-try until, iyon nga, darating 'yung time. At iyon, dumating 'yung time."
"Kailangan [gumawa ng effort], kasi, siyempre, 'di ba, sa sitwasyon naman namin, may mga pagkakamali kaming lahat. Hindi mo kailangan magtaas pa ng pride. Dapat isa talaga sa inyo [ay gumawa ng effort]," she added.
The reconciliation reportedly happened in late March, when Chiu and Salvador bumped into each other at a gym. Salvador, according to showbiz reporter Ogie Diaz, asked Chiu through text message if they could talk.
When asked why she had been persistent in communicating with Chiu, Salvador said, smiling, "Kahit ano pa kasing ikot ng mundo, kung mahalaga sa iyo ang isang tao, darating at darating ang araw na kailangan mong um-effort ulit."
On the possibility of being close friends again with Chiu, Salvador said she is not rushing for things to go back to normal. For now, the actress added, she is praying for their relationship to continue improving.
"Sabi niyo nga, 'di ba, hindi naman agad-agad. Parang, ipag-pray natin kung ano man 'yung magiging...'yung mga darating sa aming lahat. At least ngayon, love, love, love na, 'di ba? Meron nang peace sa hearts namin, sa aming lahat, 'diba? So iyon -- positivity!"