Maris Racal on working with Rico Blanco: “Sobrang nagulat talaga ako”

PHOTOS: Jewelle Pacia (L) & @ricoblanco100 on Instagram

PHOTOS: Jewelle Pacia (L) & @ricoblanco100 on Instagram

Maris Racal’s collaboration with Rico Blanco is totally unexpected.

It all happened with a single random tweet she posted on Twitter as she was looking for someone she can do song collaborations with. Until one fan tagged the OPM artist Rico Blanco and luckily, he replied.

Maris, who admits that she’s a huge fan of the former Rivermaya vocalist, says it was a dream come true to work with him in her latest single “Abot Langit”.


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During the press conference for her single last Tuesday, May 21, Maris talked about how it all started.  

Sobrang nagulat talaga ako n’on and then dun na nag-start,” said Maris. “Nag-message ako tapos pumunta ako sa studio niya, nag-play ako ng songs ko na nasulat ko and ang pinaka-nagustuhan niya is ‘Abot Langit’ kasi very catchy daw and strong yung song.”

Maris added that she prepared at least five songs for Rico to choose from and Rico told her that the one he liked most, “Abot Langit,” has a Japanese-city pop vibe.

Siguro mga 4-5 songs, yung mga nasulat ko na finish na and yung medyo proud and confident ako na iparinig sa kanya.


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The 21-year-old singer-actress also shared a piece of advice that Rico Blanco gave her: “Meron din ako pinarinig sa kanya na I’m sure na sa taste niya, magugustuhan niya. Pero sabi niya, ang advice niya sa akin sa age ko: ‘wag ka munang dumiretso doon, do’n ka muna sa sweet, pop and catchy song then i-maintain mo lang siya until you can do your own thing na which is yung artsy kind of song.’”

As a fangirl, Maris felt surreal all throughout the process of working with her idol and she was still out of words even after finishing her song.


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“Nung time na pinaparinig ko sa kanya [Rico Blanco] yung mga songs ko, first time ko lang din siya na-meet. Hindi ko alam parang blurry yung lahat kasi nilu-look up ko siya na artist and sa world niya siya yung pinakamagaling in my opinion.”

She added, “Hindi ko lang ma-put into words yung feeling ko n’on habang pinaparinig ko yung songs ko sa kanya. Actually after namin matapos yung song, tumakbo ako sa kotse ko tapos sumigaw ako.


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