Maris Racal has released her latest single entitled "Ate Sandali".
The song debuted digitally on Wednesday, June 23, with an accompanying music video and lyric video.
"Ate Sandali" was written by Maris herself and produced by OPM icon Rico Blanco, who also happens to be the actress-singer's boyfriend.
According to Maris, "Ate Sandali" is a song about empowering women.
"I literally wrote it during a time when both my sister and I were literally heartbroken, so it's definitely one of those songs that I hope can also spread the message to all women out there," she said in a report published by Rappler.
Influenced by the pop styles of Lady Gaga, K-pop artists, and the music of popular online platforms such as TikTok, the song is the first track off of Maris's upcoming mini-album to be produced by Rico's record label Balcony Entertainment.
"With Maris' new single 'Ate Sandali', it's definitely her own take on current music but in a way that is respectful—especially to the foundation of all great pop music from the past [from classic artists]," said Rico.
"Pop music is an art, and there's definitely a right way to do it, and we hear it with Maris' songs. It's very exciting for us," he added.
Maris, 23, and Rico, 48, first collaborated in 2019, on a track titled "Abot Langit". They also appeared in the music video for it.
Rico later arranged and produced Maris' song "Not For Me", which she released on her 23rd birthday last year.
Of her professional relationship with Rico, Maris said in an interview with PUSH: “I think it just comes naturally. Walang study, walang perfect formula for it. Pero if you get each other then automatic na 'yung connection, 'yung attraction or whatever you call that.
"Minsan kasi may songwriter ka na mami-meet na hindi mo kapareha ng ways, hindi mo kapareha ng technique. Nagkataon lang medyo pareho kaming dalawa that’s why ang bilis namin nakuha yung writing ng isa’t isa. Before kasi nag-meet kami through that and then nung nagkaintindihan na, that’s when the music happened," she added.