Yeng Constantino challenged by Rey Valera in her new album

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Yeng Constantino reveals: "Yung next album ko ay halu-halo. Kasi ang istorya naman ng mga tao ay iba-iba, e—may masakit, may magandang experience, may puppy love, may one-way love. Kaya excited ako kasi na-keep ko yung challenge sa akin ni Sir Rey [Valera] na makakagawa ako ng ganitong album."



Yeng Constantino is inspired to finish her new studio album because of Rey Valera's challenge.

The It's Showtime's “Tawag ng Tanghalan” hurado says her fellow hurado told her to try relating other people's stories through her songs.

“Stories na hindi tungkol sa akin. It's about other people,” says Yeng in a recent interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters.

“Yun ang pina-practice ko sa sarili ko as a songwriter right now, na ilagay ko yung sarili ko sa shoes ng mga tao.

“Natutunan ko yun kay Sir Rey Valera kasi nakakasama ko siya araw-araw sa 'Tawag ng Tanghalan.'

“Parang ang laking take home lang sa akin no'n...

“It's one thing na sinasabi mo ang istorya mo, pero it would be nice na magkuwento ka ng istorya ng ibang tao through your songs.”

She also said about the popular composer, “Doon na-trigger, parang chinallenge ako ni Sir Rey to do it.

“Although sumusulat na ako ng kanta about me and about Yan [Asuncion, her husband].

“Pero ang focus ng album na ito is about other people.

“Istorya 'to ng mga tao, paano sila nagmahal, paano sila nagkaroon ng first love.”

Asked how she gets other people's stories, Yeng replied in jest, “Ini-stalk ko sila sa Facebook.”

Then, she recalled, “Mayroon akong isang fan na nag-comment sa page ko.

“Na-interest lang ako, 'Sino pa kaya ang pinapakinggan niyang artist bukod sa akin?'

“'Tapos nakita ko sa wall niya mayroon siyang kasabihan na parang 'I'd rather keep my feelings secret kasi doon, parang hindi mo ako kayang saktan.'

“Sabi ko, ano'ng feeling 'yon? Parang I'll just be quiet, parang wala akong nararamdaman, at least doon, hindi mo ako mari-reject. Walang rejection.

“'Tapos yun, nakaupo lang ako sa dressing room, nag-dawn yung feeling sa akin.

“Habang naliligo ako, natapos ko yung kanta.

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“Sabi ko, thank you kasi, bigla akong napaisip na ang sakit-sakit siguro ng feeling na yun.”

The singer-songwriter is more than grateful for Rey Valera's challenge to her.

She pointed out, “Yung next album ko ay halu-halo. Kasi ang istorya naman ng mga tao ay iba-iba, e—may masakit, may magandang experience, may puppy love, may one-way love.

“Kaya excited ako kasi na-keep ko yung challenge sa akin ni Sir Rey na makakagawa ako ng ganitong album.”

COLLABORATION WITH A MUSIC ICON. Yeng mentioned that in her upcoming sixth studio album, she will be collaborating with a popular music artist.

“Mayroon akong dream na gustong ilagay dito sa album na 'to,” she told reporters.

“I heard na um-agree na siya, so schedule na lang. Ayaw ko kasi... Kapag ako may sinabi, 'tapos biglang nauudlot, sobra akong naha-heartbroken.

“Ayaw ko muna siyang i-jinx. Kapag nangyari na lang sasabihin ko sa inyo.

While she refused to reveal who it is, Yeng gave this clue instead: “Lahat kaming mga artist, lalo na sa kababaihan, wala kami ngayon dito kung di dahil sa personality na 'to.

“Lahat kami, part ng influences namin ay nandoon siya. So whatever yun music mo, she's always going to be that person.”

Who do you think is this music icon, PEPsters?



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