The music video for Ben&Ben's new single "Pasalubong" featuring Moira dela Torre is now the top trending video for music on YouTube in the Philippines.
Directed by Niq Ablao, the music video was released on Ben&Ben's YouTube channel on Friday, July 30, and has since garnered nearly 1.4 million views and 125,000 "likes".
"Pasalubong"—a song about confessing's one romantic feelings for a friend—as written by the band's Paolo and Miguel Guico, together with Moira and her husband Jason Hernandez. It was produced by Jean Paul Verona and Andrew de Pano.
The song marks the second time that the OPM band has collaborated with Moira, after their acclaimed hit "Paalam" in March 2020.
"Pasalubong" is the third single off Ben&Ben's second studio album, the follow up to 2019's Limasawa Street.
The nine-piece collective, who recently marked their fourth anniversary as a band, previously released "Upuan" and "Magpahinga" as the first two singles from their upcoming sophomore album.
Released last May, "Upuan" describes the "palpable romantic tension that arises from friendships that are formed by sitting next to each other, and the adventurous conversations that ensue."
Meanwhile, "Magpahinga" is a song about finding rest. Earlier, Paolo shared that the emotional track was written when their sister tested positive for COVID-19.
Its official music video starred veteran actor Joel Torre and actress Bela Padilla.
In an interview with Inquirer.net, Ben&Ben said they chose the singles based on what they thought the people wanted to hear and what message they wanted to send out in these difficult times.
A specific release date for the band's highly anticipated album has yet to be announced as of writing.
Aside from Paolo and Miguel, Ben&Ben—the band behind the hit songs "Leaves", "Maybe the Night", "Pagtingin", and the critically acclaimed "Kathang Isip"—consists of Poch Barretto on electric guitar, Jam Villanueva on drums, Agnes Reoma on bass, Patricia Lasaten on keyboards, Toni Munoz and Andrew de Pano on percussions, and Keifer Cabugao on violin.