PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught sight of singer Yeng Constantino last night, September 25, as she was preparing to leave after a photo shoot for a music magazine.
Despite feeling under the weather, Yeng gladly accommodated our request for a quick interview before she officially called it a day.
"Okay naman po ako," said Yeng, fresh from her shows abroad that took her to different places in the U.S., such as San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, among other states.
The 18-year-old singer-songwriter blushed when we told her the news that she is one of the Filipino performers most in demand abroad this year. She was glad but refused to accept the comment seriously.
"Hindi naman siguro," she smiled before adding, "Pero ang sarap ng pakiramdam na alam mo na naging eroplano mo papunta ng ibang bansa is 'yong music mo."
She finds it amusing that Filipinos living abroad are well updated on the latest music being played here in Manila.
"Astig! Though nasa ibang bansa sila, patuloy 'yong pakikinig nila ng musikang Pinoy. Hindi lang naman ako magiging masaya na, ‘Ay, kilala nila ako!' Yung fact na ang dami nilang alam na artists na Pinoy, 'yon yung masarap sa pakiramdam."
PDA BATCHMATES. Despite her busy schedule, Yeng said that communication lines between her and some of her Pinoy Dream Academy peers remains open without any glitches.
"Opo. Like Ate Iya [Ginez], Ate Rosita [Bareng], Ate Irish [Fullerton], Kuya Eman [Abatayo], Davey [Langit]... 'ayun may contact pa din po," she replied.
Yeng was not able to conceal her sadness, however, when asked how she feels about most of her contemporaries not being given the same amount of exposure and projects that she has.
"Sad," she admitted. "Sad kasi bago kami pumasok ng PDA matagal na po kaming magkakasama. Alam mo 'yon, nakita mo 'yong simula and alam mo 'yong istorya nilang lahat. Sobrang nalungkot kasi kaibigan ko sila, e. Alam mo 'yong gusto nilang mangyari sa buhay nila. 'Yong pangarap mo, pangarap din nila.
"Pero alam ko na hindi naman sila titigil mangarap ng ganun lang. Hindi naman because hindi sila masyadong active ngayon, titigil sila do'n. Music is still music [even] without the fame. Alam ko gagawa pa din sila ng paraan para ma-expose 'yong music nila," said Yeng.
HOSTING CHORES. Yeng let out a loud laugh when we commended her hosting duties in ASAP '07, where she has a segment called "Y Republic."
"Ayoko. Ayokong magsalita. Sablay talaga ko sa hosting!" kidded Yeng, who was clad in her usual punk-preppy chick attire.
She's still feeling her way around the role and is now thinking about taking lessons to polish her hosting skills.
"Pero sabi naman ni Direk, ‘Don't worry kung nagkamali-mali ka. Meron pa rin naman next time para bumawi ka, 'tsaka hindi naman lahat kasi nakukuha agad ng ganun kadali.'"
But she's very grateful to ABS-CBN for the trust and for giving her a solo segment.
"Sobrang laki ng opportunity na ibinigay sa ‘kin, may sarili akong segment. Di ba, sino ba naman ako?" Yeng proudly beamed.
BIRTHDAY PLANS. Yeng will be turning 19 on December 4 and she's planning to stage a concert to celebrate both her birthday and the Christmas season.
"Hindi ko pa alam 'yong venue. Hindi ko din alam kung birthday concert o Christmas concert. 'Yong second album, tinatrabaho ko na. Marami sana akong songs na magawa. Sana ngayon, majority, songs ko. Pero open pa din po ako makipag-collaborate with other artists."
She is still unsure whether to finally plunge into acting next year. Yeng feels nervous about the prospect of acting before the camera, but still, she's keeping her fingers crossed that plans will push through.
"Hindi ko pa po alam pero nakakarinig ako ng ganung bagay," she said.
"Pero siyempre pag nanggaling na mismo kay Direk Lauren [Dyogi, PDA business unit head], 'tsaka ako maniniwala. Alam nila kung ano ang para sa akin," she ended with a smile.