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Oct 28, 2021
Cheats With Piolo Pascual On Their “Hakbang” Music Video

The 7-piece Filipino indie rock band, Cheats, have just released the music video for their newest track, “Hakbang” - starring the one and only, Piolo Pascual.

Directed by Quark Henares, the one-shot visual captures an overall detailed scene of the single setting. Through an excellent acting performance of the character portrayed by Piolo, the black-and-white scheme rightfully sets the tone and evokes the emotions of the entire music video. 


“I just wanted to write a song that reflects what a couple goes through during quarantine,” in consonance with the nucleus of the band, Jim Bacarro. 

The track “Hakbang” is part of Cheats’ forthcoming third studio album, where Bacarro expressed his enthusiasm towards its nearing launch. “For the first time ever, we’re just thinking about music,” as per his statement. “We don’t have to worry about all the other stuff.” 


Cheats is an indie rock band brought forth in 2013 by Jim Bacarro after the disperse of his band, ‘Ernville’ with Manny, Jim, and Ernest. Cheats’ members include Sab Magalona, Candy Gamos, Manny Tanglao, Kyle Quismundo, Enzo Hermosa, and Jason Caballa. In one of the old interviews with One Music PH, Candy playfully revealed that the band’s name came from their collective love for video games. The band describe themselves as “a collective of couch potato strung together by video games, melodrama, and rock anthems. With influences ranging from LCD Soundsystem to Radiohead and the Spice Girls, Cheats sets out to create sweet melodies with a bitter aftertaste. In short, they want to make people dance all night before crying on the ride home,” in accordance with Francis Reyes of Bandwagon Asia.

They have worked with talented artists such as Raymund Marasigan and Ely Buendia. Cheats even made it to perform at Singapore’s Laneway Music Festival. Their self-titled famed debut album was released in 2015, followed by their second album Before the Babies, in 2017. 

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