MANILA, Philippines -- Having spoken with international superstar Jennifer Lopez last Monday, Maja Salvador said she will remember November 26 as one of "the happiest days of her life."
The Kapamilya actress was all smiles as she recalled her encounter with Lopez at a hotel gym on Monday afternoon, only hours before her one-night concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Salvador said she had been staying at a hotel for an event, but decided to extend her stay there due to its proximity to the former "American Idol" judge's concert venue.
Salvador was thrilled to learn that Lopez was also scheduled to stay at the same hotel for the Manila stop of her "Dance Again" world tour.
"So ang nangyari, nag-gym ako, nag-text 'yung kaibigan ko na parang ka-gym ko 'yung mga dancers ni JLo. 'Ah, so dito naka-check in,'" Salvador shared.
The "Ina, Kapatid, Anak" star was particularly thrilled to share the swimming pool at the hotel with Lopez's children. "Sobrang swerte, kasi ka-swimming namin 'yung mga anak niya."
It wasn't until the afternoon when Salvador first caught a glimpse of the international performer. The ABS-CBN actress said she chanced upon Lopez in the locker room; she had just finished her gym session, while the Latin performer was readying to warm up for her concert later that evening.
"Parang nakita si J.Lo, tapos naiiyak ako. Ganun kasi ako pag nae-excite, kinakahabahan. Sabi ko sa pinsan ko, 'Si J.Lo, andun ata!' Tapos naiiyak na ako," Salvador said.
"Palabas na ako, tapos biglang nandun na siya, nagte-treadmill na siya. Sabi ko, 'Oh my God. So ang ginawa ko, tinitigan ko muna, anggaling nung mga drills, tapos andun din 'yung boyfriend niya," she added.
Salvador said she then rushed to her room to get changed, and went back to the gym to hopefully have a photo taken with the superstar. According to the Kapamilya actress, however, she wasn't initially allowed to approach Lopez by her security personnel.
"Sabi ko, 'Can I just wait for her?' Tingnan ko 'yung luck ko. Hanggang sa hinahantay ko siya, tapos bigla siyang lumabas. Kinausap ko siya, sabi ko, 'Hi, J.Lo, can I have a picture with you?'
"Huminto siya, kahit pinapa-diretso na siya nung guard niya. Sabi niya, 'Can you just meet me downstairs because I'm kind of a mess right now?' Sabi ko, 'Please, just one picture?' Tapos 'yun na, nag-smile siya," Salvador recounted, showing her photo of the superstar.
Pointing to Lopez as her "idol," Salvador can only look back at the experience with elation. "Si J.Lo, nakausap mo, kaharap mo, sobrang idol mo. Kaya pagdating ko sa room, wala, sobrang nagwawala na ako!"
"Sobrang iba," she added. "It was an amazing experience talaga. Hindi mo akalain na makakasalubong mo siya, sobrang saya. Happiest day of my life!"