The music video for Karencitta's hit single "Cebuana" could use more actual people from the region, but who are we to complain for the special shout-out:
Having reached the top of the Most Viral Music category on Spotify PH recently, the electronic dance track has also slowly risen through the ranks in YouTube's local trends (currently No. 17). You have the 22-year-old sultry R&B performer to thank for that.
According to her IMDb page, Karencitta, whose real name is Karen Ann Cabrera, entered show business through Eat Bulaga's Little Miss Philippines in 2000, but only made a name in the industry after releasing her So Help Me God Vol. 1 mixtape 14 years later. Aside from having scored hip-hop gigs with the likes of Abra, she has occasionally dabbled in acting on TV and via online comedy skits.
On her website, Karencitta shares that she came up with the idea of "Cebuana" after discussing women and dating with her male peers. "Not because I'm romantically into women but I like the process of digging into the psychological aspect of human beings; the way they behave, think and emotionally process. I like analyzing what men like and dislike. It's good hands-on neuroscience for me."
Apparently, the men are fond of ladies from the province and thinks of them as "wife material." For her part, she describes Cebuanas as "a good balance of the two lifestyles that surround the urban and provincial living, which means, Cebuanas are abstracted into two: the city girl and the probinsya girl."
Props to Karencitta for giving the women from her hometown some much-deserved attention, at the same time freeing our ears from the shackles of "Despacito."