Saab Magalona

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,[1][2] 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
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Saab Magalona at the Rock For a Fully Abled Nation benefit concert in the Eastwood City, Manila, 2013.
Maria Isabella Simone Arroyo Magalona

(1988-11-23) November 23, 1988 (age 31)
Other namesSaab Magalona
OccupationHost, singer, actress, blogger
Years active2007-present
Jim Bacarro (m. 2015)
FamilyEnrique Magalona (great grandfather)
Pancho Magalona (grandfather)
Tita Duran (grandmother)
Francis Magalona (father)
Maxene Magalona (sister)
Frank Magalona (brother)
Elmo Magalona (brother)
Hiro Peralta (cousin)
Musical career
Associated acts


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]

In 2018, she was tapped to be the host of the second season of the music program Coke Studio Homecoming, her first on ABS-CBN.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[5]

In September 2017, Magalona announced that she and Bacarro were expecting twins.[6] 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

Music CareerEdit

Albums with Cheats
  • Cheats (2016)


  1. ^ 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.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^, LOOK: Saab Magalona's wedding in Baguio City
  6. ^ "Saab Magalona reveals she's pregnant with twins". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. September 30, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.