Rico also happens to be the chief executive of Maris' label, Balcony Entertainment. The track is Maris' first single from her upcoming mini-album.
The video, which was uploaded to Maris' YouTube channel on June 23, Wednesday, already has more than 100,000 views. The MV features Maris in colorful Filipiniana-inspired costumes, a sequined outfit, and even wearing a blonde wig!
"ATE SANDALI: This song has been my baby for almost four years now. And I'm so glad she’s out and shining. I’m like a proud mom! She’s now available on all streaming platforms."
In another IG post, Maris describes the song as a reminder to women who keep getting back together with their toxic exes.
"Para to sa lahat ng mga taong nangangailangan ng paalala. May halaga ka, Ate."
The first few lines of the song go:
Para sa mga babaeng pabalik-balik,
Sa mga lalaking mali
Itigil ang telenobelang pilit"
In an interview with Rappler, Maris shared that she wrote the song at a time when she and her sister were both heartbroken.
Rico described "Ate Sandali" as Maris' "own take on current music but in a way that is respectful—especially to the foundation of all great pop music from the past." When he and Maris started working together, he found out that she already had an entire collection of songs she had written on guitar and on piano.
Apart from "Ate Sandali," Maris and Rico also worked on "Abot Langit" (2019) and "Not For Me" (2020). In a report by PUSH, Maris said that their personal and professional relationship with each other "comes naturally."
"Walang study, walang perfect formula for it. Pero if you get each other, then automatic na yung connection, yung attraction, or whatever you call that. Minsan kasi may songwriter ka na mami-meet na hindi mo kapareha ng ways, hindi mo kapareha ng technique. Nagkataon lang medyo pareho kaming dalawa, that's why ang bilis namin nakuha yung writing ng isa't-isa. Before kasi nag-meet kami through that and then nung nagkaintindihan na, that's when the music happened."
Watch the "Ate Sandali" music video here: