Maris Racal gets stood up in video for new pop-rock single, ‘Asa Naman’

It's “not just straight-up a song about hate and disappointment”

Filipino singer-songwriter Maris Racal has released a new single, ‘Asa Naman’.

The single and its music video arrived on streaming platforms on Wednesday, September 15. The pop-rock track, which was produced by Rico Blanco (also Racal’s partner), features verses sung in Tagalog and choruses in Bisaya, a first for the musician.

The video – directed by Racal and Blanco – sees Racal going about her day and preparing for a special date, only to get stood up.

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Watch the video for ‘Asa Naman’ below.

The song’s use of Bisaya was a way for Racal to pay homage to her Bisaya roots. “It all started when Rico suggested I write an entire song in Bisaya,” Racal said, per Rappler.

“It was appealing to me of course, but I was also worried that not everyone would understand it, so after a fair share of discussions (and even debates), I decided that the verses would be in Tagalog and that the choruses would be in Bisaya,” Racal continued.

While the track and video focus on getting stood up by a loved one, Racal clarified that the song is “not just straight-up a song about hate and disappointment”.

Rather, Racal emphasised the duality in the song’s theme: “There’s still that level of hope in salvaging whatever there is in the relationship… how things are not as straightforward as we hope they could be.”

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‘Asa Naman’ follows the release of Racal’s previous single, ‘Ate Sandali’, in June. At the time, Racal revealed that ‘Ate Sandali’ was the first track from an upcoming mini-album.

Rico Blanco, on the other hand, recently recorded and released a reimagined version of Orange And Lemons’ ‘Pinoy Ako’. The new version, now named ‘Pinoy Tayo’, will feature on a compilation tribute to composer-songwriter Jonathan Manalo and serve as the new theme song for the upcoming season of Pinoy Big Brother.

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