Newcomer Saab Magalona got her first taste of intrigue
during the presscon of the second season of TV5's youth drama Lipgloss,
held at Cocina Guagua on Sgt. Esguerra St., Quezon City, last night, November
Saab is the fifth of the eight children of Master Rapper
Francis Magalona and wife Pia Arroyo. Next to elder sister Maxene, Saab is the
second of the Magalona siblings who decided to follow in their father's
A couple of days before the Lipgloss presscon, PEP
(Philippine Entertainment Portal) got a report that Saab had left their
home after a fight with her dad, and is now living in with her boyfriend.
Saab, who came late at the presscon, was obviously caught
off-guard by the report since she thought that she would be asked about their
show. But she answered the issue anyway.
"Hindi ako lumayas," she began. "Right now, basically I'm
trying to... I'm just independent right now. Hindi kami magkagalit ng Dad ko—at
all. I know how he is, how's he doing. I'm always keeping in touch. I keep
track what's happening sa treatment niya, chemo, all that stuff. There's
no...hindi kami magkagalit."
Francis M has been diagnosed with leukemia this year and is presently
Although Saab denied having a fight with her father, she
admitted that she has a "little rift" with sister Maxene.
"You know, sa lahat naman ng magkakapatid may mga
away-away," the 20-year-old newcomer explained. "But just now, I think we need time
apart. Kasi, we've been together our whole lives. Now, we're growing up and I
think that it's time for us to... Kasi we've always been sobrang [close]. Matching kami
ng suot, magkasama kami in everything. Pareho kami ng birthday, 'sakto, so lagi
kaming sabay ng celebrations. It's too much togetherness."
Saab added, "Nagka-clash kami. Like, when I have my own... If I disagree
with her a bit, siyempre she can't really understand why... She's my Ate, of
course. I know she loves me and I love her, too. But we can't always
be agreeing about everything."
Although Maxene is two years older than Saab, they share the
same birthday: November 23.
Is it because of Maxene that Saab left their house?
"No, not because of her," Saab pointed out. "I just want to
be independent and I want to... Kasi, actually, we don't live at home na, e, all
of us [the elder ones]. Kasi, we're all in college. We don't live at home, we live in a condo.
"I used to live with Maxene and my older brother across
Ateneo. But now, I live in a different place na I don't want to disclose. But I
don't live with my brother and sister anymore. But we all don't live at home
because my parents believe na if you're in college, you have to live on your
What about the rumor that she is now living-in with her
"Hindi, oh my God!" she exclaimed. Saab clarified that the friend she is staying with now
is a girl.