It feels apt that MNL48, the local sister group of Japan's super popular idol group AKB48, would release the music video for a song about getting on a bicycle and chasing the one they love, just as they're riding the momentum of perhaps their most successful months yet.
Leading up to the release of "Palusot Ko'y Maybe" this Saturday, the group went platinum for their previous single, performed in Thailand for the first time, held a mini-concert for Valentine's Day, and announced that auditions for a second generation are now open.
The message is simple: there's no longer any maybe about it, MNL48 is here to stay and they're not going to stop until --as the girls admitted as their main goal-- they're loved by Filipinos.
The music video is for "Palusot Ko'y Maybe," the Tagalog version of AKB48's 13th major single, "Iiwake Maybe." It was bundled in MNL48's "Pag-ibig Ko Fortune Cookie" CD along with "First Rabbit."
It is performed by members of Team NIV (pronounced N-four) --a sub-unit within MNL48. There's also a Team MII and a Team L.
Unlike their previous music videos, which, for the most part, have all been homages to the ones AKB48 has released in the past, "Palusot Ko'y Maybe" appears to depart from the original video for "Iiwake Maybe," which featured a dramatic skit surrounding school life.
The new MNL48 video puts apparent focus on the faces of the girls as they perform the original choreography for the song --wrapped in a strikingly chic and colorful aesthetic.