More than a year since the release of their hit song "River", Filipino idol girl group MNL48 dropped a new single titled "No Way Man."
The dance-centric track, which was released with an accompanying music video, marks the group's seventh single and sends a message that reflects their positive attitude in the face of adversity.
"Actually po, the title itself pa lang, 'No Way Man', so it's a very strong song. It will encourage you to go on, to fight, and to believe na there's always a light in every dark situation. So, kami po talaga, personally as a group, na-experience po namin ‘yung ganoon," explained MNL48's Jem during a virtual media conference held Wednesday, April 6.
"And nabanggit din po sa music 'yung words na 'rainy day', 'blue ocean', and 'red ocean.' Siguro po 'yung mga listeners, naguguluhan po, but symbol po kasi siya. Parang 'yung buong song po, full of metaphor po. So 'yung red ocean po is 'yung darkest days namin, 'yung problems, 'yung struggles, 'yung mga hindrance po na na-experience namin. And now, we believe, and we really feel na 'yung blue ocean po is slowly coming to us because of 'No Way Man.' And we hope na ‘yung blue ocean po namin, once we reach our blue ocean, we never go back na sa mga red ocean days namin."
For MNL48's Yzabel, "No Way Man" demonstrates their strong bond as a group; how they were able to overcome their struggles by being there for each other.
"This seventh single has been one year in the making. And within that period of time where we had to prepare, obviously may mga times na mada-down kami — our red ocean, sabi nga ni ate Jem. We experienced the red ocean na parang feeling namin, matutuloy pa ba 'to? Some members already left us and other behind-the-scenes tribulations came upon us and somehow, we have each other. And I think I speak for the members when I say that we gather and get our strength from each other. We have each other," she said.
According to MNL's Sheky, "No Way Man" is the most difficult performance they have had to do in terms of choreography.
"Ito po talaga 'yung pinakamahirap na nasayaw ng MNL48. Actually ang ganda nga po ng development. Kasi dati, as in sobrang limited 'yung mga movements, very cute. And then every single na paparating na sa 'No Way Man', nagpa-progress 'yung mga movements ng mga girls. And syempre doon din po kami natututo, na parang nare-realize po namin sa sarili namin na, 'Ay, kaya ko pala 'to? Ay may ibubuga pa pala ako?’ And I think that's the best thing na natutunan natin sa 'No Way Man,'" she said.
Meanwhile, the group's center girl Abby shared what fans should expect from their performance at the upcoming Pinoy Pop Convention (PPOPCON) that will be held this weekend.
"Alam po namin na ‘yung previous shows po namin, more on singing po ‘yung pinapakita namin, vocals po. And now for this seventh single, ipapakita po namin ang aming dance-centric, ang sayaw ng grupo, ang galaw ng grupo, ang iisang galaw ng grupo which is ang pagiging synchronized ng isang grupo ng MNL48," she said.
"Sa PPOPCON, ipapasabog po namin ‘yung aming 100 percent kasi may mga adlibs po talaga na buwis-buhay. Ito, may trivia, may tuma-tumbling, may mga ganoon po talaga. Kaya abangan po nila ang pasabog ng MNL48. May gymnastics squad po rito."
The PPOP convention, billed as the "ultimate fan gathering and celebration of Filipino pop culture and music", will kick off at the New Frontier Theater on Saturday, April 9, while the hybrid concert will be held at the Araneta Coliseum the next day, April 10.
Aside from MNL48, other acts who will perform at the PPOPCON are SB19, BGYO, BINI, 4th Impact, Alamat, 1st.One, and Press Hit Play, with opening performances by VXON and KAIA.
Tickets for the event are available for purchase at www.ticketnet.com.ph, with prices ranging from P900 (for online regular) to P5,500 (for VIP).