SB19 member Justin De Dios makes a surprise cameo in the music video of Alex Bruce’s endearing bop “Yakap,” which was released on February 5, 2021 on YouTube. The song was released via Sony Music Philippines.
De Dios portrays Bruce’s love interest in this visual spectacle filled with incredibly surreal and romantic scenes. Appearing like a P-pop charmer that she has been pining for in her dreams, he was seen exchanging smiles with the young hip-hop sensation, sharing cute moments together as they engage in pillow fights, fake tattooing, and other onscreen activities.
“It’s a fun and creative concept,” De Dios said. “I really like the fact that the MV showcases both the maangas (fierce) and cute sides of Alex.”
According to the R&B/hip-hop star, working with De Dios was totally fun, especially given how friendly and warm he is with everyone on the set. Bruce fondly shares in a statement, “I’m really into Korean dramas, and Justin somehow looked the part: innocently good-looking and very much charismatic. As a leading man, he really shone effortlessly in terms of acting and gave us the kilig (romantic excitement) that we truly deserve.”
De Dios returns the favor by praising Bruce’s artistry and talent. He said, “I am really impressed with her skills. I wanted to introduce her to A’TIN as she could be a source of inspiration for a lot of young dreamers too.”
According to De Dios, Bruce was very shy during their first meet but as the shoot went on, they eventually got along very well. He said, “She’s an interesting kid and we had a lot of fun talking to each other about random things.”
“One thing I also noticed while working with her is how close she is to her parents,” the SB19 star continued. “It’s very adorable!”
Bruce is grateful to the production for allowing her to showcase some of her personal artworks and Beanie Boos collection. She said, “I love owls, so there’s plenty of them in my shelf as seen in the music video.”
“I had a great time drawing and showcasing my artworks for the very first time,” Bruce continued. “I hope it won’t be the last.”
“Yakap” was penned by Bruce as a tribute to young love. It was conceived as a three-way collaboration featuring the 14-year-old teen star, her Australia-based father and music producer Cursebox.