Maris Racal on Vispop and her pop star journey

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The actress and singer talks about her pop awakening and how she wants to help empower the Vispop movement. Photo courtesy of BALCONY ENTERTAINMENT

“I really wanna help empower the Vispop movement because growing up I always listen or hear Bisaya songs whenever I'm in Cebu, in Davao, and in Tagum,” says actress and singer Maris Racal.

Originally from Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Racal has been in the showbiz industry since her stint on “Pinoy Big Brother” back in 2014. She has starred in several films and shows like Mikhail Red’s “Block Z” and a string of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” episodes since then, but it was her relatable and unapologetic personality that catapulted her recently into social media stardom (see: the memes).

Last year, Racal made the decision to venture into pop music. “I think sa mga ka-age range ko, ang pinakaimportanteng investment mo is yourself. Kasi your older self will thank you for it.”

And it seems that she’s going all out. In the live performance of her latest single “Asa Naman,” a glammed up Racal takes the (psychedelic flower) stage with two back-up dancers, executing some microphone choreography reminiscent of her idol Taylor Swift during her “Speak Now” era.

For Racal, investing in herself means taking the reins of her creative direction as a pop singer. This means learning as much as she can about the process, whether it be in terms of composing her music, or producing her music video. It also means consciously writing songs in her native Bisaya.

“Asa Naman” and “Ate Sandali” are only the first two singles off of her upcoming EP, which she says will feature a music video for each song.

In an interview with CNN Philippines Life, the actress and singer from Tagum talks about this pop awakening and how she wants to help empower the Vispop movement.

Interview and video by SAMANTHA LEE