Yeng Constantino says taking part in acting workshops can help overcome her "walls, fears" in showbiz

by Abigail Mendoza
Mar 27, 2012
While Yeng Constantino is certain that her heart rests in music, the Pop Rock Princess is willing to give acting a try, preferably in a romantic comedy flick.

ABS-CBN's talent center, Star Magic, celebrates its two-decade-old workshop and training department with its first digital film directed by Rahyan Carlos. Anino, a horror-drama flick, includes a cast of 160 new talents who auditioned and went through about four months of grueling training and tough competition.

Anino features professional actors Jake Cuenca, Dimples Romana, Jodi Sta. Maria, and Joem Bascon in its plot that narrates a life-changing retreat that a group of young adults and adults go through to confront their inner demons.

Award-winning pop rock artist Yeng Constantino is among the featured artists invited by Star Magic to appear in the said project.

At the premiere night of Anino last Monday night, March 26, at Cinema 7 SM North EDSA, Yeng relayed her experience while shooting the film.

"Actually, hindi siya talaga sobrang solid acting, e. Cameo role lang ako dito na parang three scenes or two... pero ano, masasabi ko bagong mundo ito for me kasi hindi naman ako nag-aacting. Nice lang din na maranasan ko ito."

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Anino, while it gives the spotlight to the promising acting skills of the newbies, gave Yeng a minor character—one that she was grateful for because it did not deviate from how she is in real life.

As Yeng personally describes her role "as ... Yeng."

She chuckles and explains, "Rakista din siya! Tapos makulit, mahilig siya sa cute na stuff. Para siyang anime!

"Ganun din ako sa totoong buhay, e. Parang wala ngang pinagbago, e! As Yeng pa rin! Kumakanta din ako, nag-gigitara ako!

Twice in the film, Yeng's character, in fact, breaks into a song.

"Ginamit namin yung song ko, yung 'Langit.' Gumawa ako ng acoustic version for them. Ginawan ko sila."


The first Grand Star Winner of talent search Pinoy Dream Academy was asked to take an acting workshop under Star Magic back in 2009 so as to test where else Yeng can express her artistry.

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"Parang [sinusubukan] nila kung puwede ngang mag-acting kami," Yeng recalls.

"E, ang dami din naming ginagawang out of the country [shows], ganyan." Yeng says it was unfortunate that she was not able to continue because of the time her music career demanded of her.

The singer-songwriter nonetheless recalls working with director Rahyan Carlos.

"Siya yung nag-workshop sa akin before. Sobrang happy ko na magkasama kami ulit.

"Happy ako kasi ano siya, e, isa siya sa mga taong masasabi kong hindi lang dumaan lang sa buhay ko at hindi lang nag-marka. Nag-marka siya sa akin kasi sobrang galing niyang mentor.

Yeng explains how Direk Rahyan conducts a workshop. "Dati nung nag-workshop ako nung 2009, papa-take niya kami ng mga scripts. Tapos, kami yung maghihimay ng emotion ilalagay namin sa bawat line, paano ide-deliver..."

This experience proved to be rewarding for Yeng. She says, "Nakatulong din sa akin yung workshop na yun kasi ang daming walls na na-break.

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"Kasi bago [lang] ako sa industry, parang nakakatakot... ang laki-laking mundo.

"Pero because of that... Boom! Ang dami-daming na-break na intimidation and fears kasi naka-express ka, e. Parang, puwede pala akong maka-express ng ganito!"


Having the chance to work with Star Magic's pool of new talents was a delight for Yeng.

"Meeting these people, yung mga workshoppers, na-refresh ako. Naaalala ko kung paano ako nagsimula, uli.

"Parang... dati ganun ako. Parang iniisip ko [noon], 'Ano kaya mangyayari two years from now, five years from now?'

"Tapos finally andito na ako. Six years na ako sa industry this year, yes. And yung time na nago-audition pa lang ako, parang sobrang ano yun for me... parang life and death situation, e.

"So, nandun sila sa situation na yun ngayon."

Yeng recognizes these new talents' need for support. "Kailangang kailangan nila ng words of encouragement and I'm really happy and honored na isa ako sa malagay ni God sa position na yun para ma-encourage ko sila sa craft nila."

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Whenever the workshoppers would come up to her for advice, she would tell them, "Kung dream niyo talaga ito, pursue niyo kung dito niyo talaga nakikita yung self niyo!'

Yeng says how happy she was to be with the promising rookies. "Parang ang sarap lang na merong ganung mga bata... sobrang passionate nila sa ginagawa nila. So, magandang reminder din yun!"

Will acting, in no way, replace music in her heart?

"Hindi naman 'in no way,'" says Yeng.

"Pero kung tatanungin ako kung ano talaga yung pinaka-love kong ginagawa, that's music!

"Ever since three years old pa lang ako, alam ko na yung gusto kong gawin. Yun talaga yung gusto kong gawin... maging musician.

"Hindi ko pababayaan yung music career ko kasi yun yung love ko talaga."

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