Maria Isabella Simone Arroyo Magalona-Bacarro, better known as Saab Magalona, is a Filipino 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, Frank Magalona & Elmo Magalona. In music, she is a member of the 8-piece indie rock band Cheats, where she acts as co-lead vocalist, alongside Candy Gamos and her husband, Jim Bacarro.
Saab Magalona at the Rock For a Fully Abled Nation benefit concert in the Eastwood City, Manila, 2013.
Maria Isabella Simone Arroyo Magalona
November 23, 1988
|Other names||Saab Magalona|
|Occupation||Host, singer, actress, blogger|
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)
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.
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.
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. 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.
In September 2017, Magalona announced that she and Bacarro were expecting twins. Later on, she suffered a miscarriage and lost her baby girl (Luna Isabel M. Bacarro), but the baby boy (Pancho Gerardo M. Bacarro) survived and stayed in the NICU for months. They named her son after her paternal grandfather, Pancho Magalona.
On September 2019, Magalona gave birth to another son, Vito Tomas.
|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||Main 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||Co-lead role / Antagonist||GMA Network|
|Adarna||Robin Abrientos||Supporting Cast / Antagonist|
|2017||Follow Your Heart||Herself||Contestant|
|Magandang Buhay||Herself||Episode Guest||ABS-CBN|
|The Lolas' Beautiful Show||Herself||Episode Guest with her Mother Pia Arroyo||GMA Network|
|2018||Coke Studio Homecoming||Herself||Host||ABS-CBN|
- Albums with Cheats
- Cheats (2016)
- 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.
- Bautista, Mario E. (2008-12-04). "Patrick doesn't want to trick Jennylyn". Journal Online. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- "Coke Studio Homecoming lineup revealed: IV of Spades, QUEST, Ben&Ben, Juan Miguel Severo, and more". Coke Studio Homecoming lineup revealed: IV of Spades, QUEST, Ben&Ben, Juan Miguel Severo, and more | Editorial | Bandwagon - Live music, bands and concert guide for Singapore, Manila and Jakarta. 2018-09-03. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
- http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/01/24/15/look-saab-magalonas-wedding-baguio-city, LOOK: Saab Magalona's wedding in Baguio City
- "Saab Magalona reveals she's pregnant with twins". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. September 30, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.