Saab Magalona

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In this Philippine name for married women, the birth middle name or maternal family name is Arroyo, the birth surname or paternal family name is Magalona, and the marital name is Bacarro.
Saab Magalona
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Saab Magalona at the Rock For a Fully Abled Nation benefit concert in the Eastwood City, Manila, 2013.
Born Maria Isabella Simone Arroyo Magalona
(1988-11-23) November 23, 1988 (age 28)
Manila, Philippines
Other names Saab Magalona
Occupation Host, Singer, Model, Actress, Blogger, Photographer
Years active 2007-present
Spouse(s) Jim Bacarro (m. 2015)
Family Enrique Magalona (great grandfather)
Pancho Magalona (grandfather)
Tita Duran (grandmother)
Francis Magalona (father)
Maxene Magalona (sister)
Frank Magalona (brother)
Elmo Magalona (brother)
Hiro Peralta (cousin)
Saab Magalona
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts Cheats, Duster, Us-2 Evil-0

Maria Isabella Simone Arroyo Magalona-Bacarro or known as Saab Magalona (born November 23, 1988[1] in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipina actress, singer, photographer and blogger who started in the TV5 youth-oriented drama series Lipgloss. She is the daughter of Francis Magalona and sister of Maxene Magalona,[1][2] Frank Magalona & Elmo Magalona. In music, she is a member of the 7-piece indie rock band Cheats.


Her father is the late Filipino rapper and actor Francis Magalona; her grandparents are the late actors Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. She took up Creative Writing at the Ateneo de Manila University.

In 2007, she made her first onscreen appearance as the friend of Eleanor (played by Alessandra de Rossi) in the GMA Network telefantasya Kamandag where her sister Maxene played the role of one of Richard Gutierrez' leading ladies. In 2008, she joined the cast of TV5's Lipgloss. In October 2010, she made her GMA debut on the teleserye "Koreana", playing Ivy.

Her music career began when she filled-in for several indie bands such as Us-2 Evil-0 (2009), Duster and BBYGRL (2012). Few years later, she and Jim Bacarro would later formed the band called Cheats following the disbandment of Bacarro's band Ernville.[3]

On January 24, 2015, she married her longtime boyfriend and fellow Cheats band member, Jim Bacarro, in a private ceremony that was held in St. Ignatius Chapel inside the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City. The ceremony was attended by the couples's family and close friends. This included Saab's siblings Frank, Elmo, and Maxene, who also served as the maid of honor; Miss World 2013 Megan Young and her sister Lauren Young, both part of the bridal entourage; Janine Gutierrez; her cousin Hiro Peralta; and comedian Michael V., one of the principal sponsors.[4]



Year Title Role Type of Role Network
2007–2008 Kamandag Ria Ramos Supporting Cast GMA Network
2008–2009 Lipgloss Meg Madrigal Main Cast TV5
2009 Moomoo & Me RC Episode Guest
2010 Koreana Ivy Jung Supporting Cast / Antagonist GMA Network
2011 Captain Barbell Kristel Supporting Cast
2012 My Beloved Ginella Quijano Supporting Cast / Antagonist
Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa Celine Montenegro
The Jose and Wally Show Starring Vic Sotto Christina Episode Guest TV5
2013 Forever Leila Supporting Cast / Antagonist GMA Network
Adarna Robin Abrientos Supporting Cast
2016-present ASAP Herself Guest Appearance ABS-CBN


Albums with Cheats
  • Cheats (2016)


  1. ^ a b Santiago, Erwin (2008-11-28). ""Lipgloss" star Saab Magalona admits rift with sister Maxene, denies living-in with boyfriend". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  2. ^ Bautista, Mario E. (2008-12-04). "Patrick doesn't want to trick Jennylyn". Journal Online. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
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  4. ^, LOOK: Saab Magalona's wedding in Baguio City