Ben&Ben‘s song “Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin” is now out on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music. Exploring the complicated dynamics of a fictional family, its music video stars award-winning actresses Agot Isidro and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.
Isidro won Best Actress for “Mga Anino ng Kahapon” at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 and for “Changing Partners” at the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival 2017 and FAMAS Awards 2018. She shared the Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress awards with her “Mga Mumunting Lihim” co-stars Judy Ann Santos, Iza Calzado and Janice de Belen at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2012.
Curtis-Smith won Best Supporting Actress for “Transit” at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2013 and Breakthough Performance by an Actress for the same film at the Golden Screen Awards Philippines 2013, where she also won Outstanding Breakthrough Performance by an Actress for “Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum.” She won Best Actress for “Baka Bukas” at the 2016 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival 2016 and for “Siargao” at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 and at the FAP Awards Philippines 2018.
Joining Isidro and Curtis-Smith in the “Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin” music video are Bart Guingona and Kelvin Miranda. The the intimate piece was helmed by “Pagtingin” music video director Jorel Lising whose compelling take on Ben&Ben’s massive hit has earned praises from various critics in the Philippines.
Revolving around a realistic depiction of a family on the verge of dysfunction, the narrative hits home with each member learning how to listen to each other and speak their minds. It also examines the flawed but beautiful relationships that we nurture within the family, and the decisions we make in extraordinary circumstances.
As of July 14, 2020, the “Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin” music video is trending on YouTube with more than 300,000 views in four days. On Spotify alone, Ben&Ben’s latest single has reached more than a million streams in its second week, making it one of the biggest releases of the month so far.