The first time I met Saab was in my futsal class (indoor soccer), freshman year, Ateneo de Manila University.
At first glance, I thought she was Maxene Magalona. I am no showbiz fan so I didn’t know she had a sister.
It was only after class during roll call did I hear her name, something-something Magalona. I Googled her that night just to make sure I wasn’t assuming. She was indeed Max’s younger sister.
We had a fun semester kicking balls. I cheered for her ”Saab with a double A” and she cheered for me ”Lucasi!”
We met again Sophomore year. She was my blockmate and we took the same course, Fine Arts Creative Writing.
I had the same Philosophy Class with Maxene during my Senior year. I remember staring at the back of her pretty head and her pretty nose most of the time. But her brains impressed me more than her looks.
Although born two years apart, Max and Saab may pass up as twins. Despite the height difference, they do look alike. But their personalities strongly distinguish one from the other.
Max boldly speaks her mind in class. On the other hand, you won’t even know Saab is in the room until the professor calls her name. Max raises her hands voluntarily and articulately shares her ideas and opinions while Saab, when called to answer, speaks briefly but cleverly. I admire them both for the contrast that they are.
Although daughters of the famous Master Rapper, they do not scream ”star treatment.” They went around school like every normal student did.
This was during our Shakespeare Class finals and I blame myself for spoiling our play. I was delivering my lines when Saab held back a chuckle. I lost concentration and couldn’t shift back to drama mode. I delivered my supposedly serious lines clucking all the way.
Saab is now conquering center-stage. I am proud of her.
But the best thing about Saab is that she is a kick-ass blogger, one of the best writers I’ve known. Everything she writes about becomes interesting. She can turn the most mundane stuff into something awesome.
Read her blog and I bet you’ll get hooked!