Ben&Ben music video of KathNiel-starrer “Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay”

“What if every time one dies, they go back to their first date with one of them carrying memories from their previous run?”

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla stars as a romantic couple stuck in a time loop in the new music video for Ben&Ben’s “Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay.”
Helmed by the band’s resident director Jorel Lising and written by Gaya Sa Pelikula creator Juan Miguel Severo, the song’s visual narrative explores the complicated relationship dynamics of two lovers who have lost and found each other in a fated cycle of events.

Complicated love in a time loop

Severo reveals that “Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay,” a song that deals with the “possibility of another life to succeed in love,” complements the KathNiel starrer that he has in mind. Having written Hintayan ng Langit, an evocative piece that examines eternal romance in the afterlife, Severo decided to do away with another reincarnation story for his interpretation of the material.

“Then it hit me, what about a couple stuck in a time loop?”, the prolific writer points out. “What if every time one dies, they go back to their first date with one of them carrying memories from their previous run? It took the band, Direk, and I a couple of zoom calls, brainstorming ideas to compound on that concept and get everything laid out before I presented it to KathNiel.”

Severo’s writing lends to a beautifully understated film that allows KathNiel to tackle their role with nuanced sensitivity and depth. To make it more impactful on screen, music video director Jorel Lising makes use of non-liner, fragmented storytelling as a way to capture the couple’s memories in its undiluted form. Lising adds, “It all comes from the content of the song – it’s a strong piece that speaks about love lost and an intense sense of longing, so the process of developing the treatment and Severo’s script came from that. The challenge for us was to maximize the emotion based on that kind of narrative.”

Working with KathNiel

According to the band’s co-vocalist and acoustic guitarist Miguel Benjamin, the journey behind the music video was both a dream and a serendipitous sequence of events. “About two months ago, an interesting exchange came up while our keyboardist Patricia Lasaten was working on the music of Juan Miguel Severo’s Gaya Sa Pelikula,” says Miguel. “As a way of showing appreciation when we offered our song ‘Ride Home’ to the series, Juan Miguel graciously offered us in return to write a script for the ‘Sa Susunod Na Habang Buhay’ MV, and pitch it to KathNiel, as they are good friends. We pushed through, and to our surprise, they loved both the idea of working with all of us and the script. This was a big thing for us because we never expected that these great artists would be open to doing a music video with us, given their stature and busy schedules.”

Despite the time constraints, Lising didn’t experience difficulty working with one of the biggest love teams in recent memory. The nine-piece collective’s frequent collaborator recounts that he only has few adjustments for every take, thanks to KathNiel’s astounding professionalism and craft. “We didn’t have a whole lot of time with them, but they definitely possess star power quality on camera. Every frame we took of them has a strong presence that comes with lots of experience, especially since they’ve been acting for so long now.”

Image and details provided by Sony Music Philippines in a recent press release.

“Allergy in Love” premieres on KBO on SKY

Fans who have been waiting to catch Jodi Sta. Maria, Pocholo, KathNiel and Ai-Ai de Las Alas can rejoice as KBO on SKY brings their movies this month of October.

In Joross Gamboa’s first directorial debut, “Allergy In Love,” Pocholo Barretto portrays a guy who has a condition of being allergic to sexual arousal as it may lead to his death. This condition has inspired him to write a book about self-love. Little did he know that the book would also lead him to meeting Ayama (Chie Filomeno), the girl who will try to bug his loveless life. catch this movie starting from October 11 to 16.

SKY subscribers can also catch “And Ai, Thank You” this October 18 to 23.  In the film, Ai-ai plays Aileen, an award-winning actress who finds out that she is dying from cancer. In her last months, she plans to give back to the people who have helped her throughout her career. But even with her plan to help people, she finds out that her loved ones think she is being sincere.

Jodi’s horror movie “Clarita” will also have its TV premiere this October 31 to November 6. The Black Sheep film is about the case of Clarita, a young Filipina who was assumed to be a victim of demonic possession. See how Father Salvador (Ricky Davao) and Father Benedicto (Arron Villaflor) try to solve her case and help her.

KathNiel returns to TV with the screening of their hit movie “Barcelona: A Love Untold.” Relive the story of Ely (Daniel Padilla) and Mia (Kathryn Bernardo) who meet in Barcelona to start anew—he wants to move on from a past love, while she leaves the Philippines after past life mistakes. Together, they go on a journey to find the answers to their lifelong questions.

For only P30 per movie bundle, all SKY subscribers can catch each of these highlights along with seven other movies.

To avail of these KBO weekly offers, SKYcable subscribers can text PPV <ACCOUNT NO.> to 23662 or call 3418-0000 or your local SKY office while SKYdirect subscribers can text PPV (AIRING DATE) (BOX ID) to 23667 using Globe/TM. For more details, visit mysky.com.ph/kbo30.

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