Yeng Constantino has that glow that most newly-married people have, but hers is exceptionally bright and contagious.
At the LinePH launch party held in Gramercy 71, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with the singer-songwriter and chatted about her married life plus career highlights.
"One month long married. Sobra, sobrang fun actually," Yeng gushed.
Yeng, along with Daniel Matsunaga and Ellen Adarna, was launched as LinePH's newest endorsers.
WEDDED BLISS. What exactly does she enjoy about married life? What new things about hubby Victor “Yan” Asuncion has she uncovered?
Smiling, she answered, "Sa akin, mas more of… ang nakita ko lang naman talaga na surprising is akala mo masaya ka na, may mas sasaya pa pala doon!
“Totoo! Sobrang saya naman, and I am just really glad na hindi na kami nabibitin sa… alam mo, ‘pag boyfriend-girlfriend, parang ‘pag natatapos yung araw, uuwi pa kayo ng separate na house."
She winked shyly and said, "Ngayon, we live in one home na alam mo yun, when I wake up in the morning, the first thing na makikita ko talaga is mukha niya.
"So parang sobrang fun, and I'm really happy na kung sino yung nagiging ako in the process."
What does she mean by that?
"Like, I'm learning how to cook now. Dati hindi ako… maski sa sarili kong bed, hindi ako marunong magligpit.
“Now, parang paggising pa lang, I wanna make sure na everything looks good, gusto ko maayos lahat. Nakaka-mature, alam mo yun," the bubbly singer explained.
ROAD TRIPS. Adjustments are not uncommon to marriages so we're curious what those are for Yeng and Yan, the nickname of her hubby Victor Asuncion.
She quickly replied, "Not yet, wala pa naman.
“Pero mas more of talagang in-enjoy namin yung company ng isa't isa, like recently nag-road trip kami.
“One of the things that I really like about Yan na I'm happy na nae-enjoy ko na ngayon, kasi I know na mahilig siya sa adventure pero dati hindi namin magawa kasi hindi pa kami kasal.
"It will be hard for us na mag out-of-town ‘tapos kami lang magkasama."
Moving on, “But now we're married na, so it's easy for us na road trip, ganyan, so we did that."
Yeng became more visibly excited as she further narrated, "And yung reality lang na, ‘Wow, ang sarap naman ng ganito, kasama ko na siya mag-adventure,’ so ayun."
CHASTITY VOW. Yeng is one of the few celebrities of her generation who has been vocal about the importance of purity before marriage.
We asked her to share how she managed to maintain this mindset despite being in the showbiz world where such values are more the exception than the norm.
She stressed, "Sobrang importante talaga na ano, maghintay.
“You know, hindi lahat ng nandiyan parang yun na. Makikita mo rin, mate-test mo yung guy through that.
“Hindi naman pakipot pero parang ganoon, medyo konti lang, test mo rin kung magiging faithful sa iyo or hihintayin ka.
“When you know na, ‘Oh wow, faithful ‘tong person na ‘to, he's waiting for me,’ alam mong willing kang i-pursue na kahit anong mangyari, and then maybe bigyan mo ng chance yung person and it's really fun na maghintay ka na finally."
She clarified though that this mindset isn’t for everyone.
She stated explicitly, "Para sa akin lang ‘to na I'm not parang imposing the standard.
“It's really fun. Katulad ng sinabi ko sa blog ko, yengconstantino.ph, I really enjoy our physical intimacy kasi we're doing it inside sa konteksto ng marriage."
CAREER. This year, Yeng is celebrating her 10th year in showbiz, we asked her what she has in store for her many fans.
She divulged, "Tinatapos namin yung surprise namin para sa inyo sa aking ika-sampung anniversary, so sobrang exciting.
“Kapag may final na details, malalaman niyo, it's gonna be before mag-end yung year."
Included in her anniversary plans is an album launch.
With her 10th year album already out, Yeng said, “Actually, mapapaaga.
“Ninth year anniversary ko pa lang this year pero mapapaaga yung labas namin for my 10th year kasi sobrang ganda ng reception nung nilabas namin yung balita sa ibang mga producers and all.
“So ayun, abangan lang nila, they will be surprised.
“And ayun naman ako as a performer, as an artist, I want to surprise my fans, my supporters para laging may wow factor na alam mo yun, exciting."
Without pre-empting her plans, we asked her to share a bit more and she smiled mysteriously, "Naku, mahirap sabihin pero it's something different.
“It's something na hindi pa nagagawa sa Philippines ng mga usually nag-a-anniversary, and masaya ako na ‘eto yung gagawin ng Cornerstone Family ko for me dahil I'm a songwriter.
“Ang hirap, ‘pag sinabi ko na, masasabi ko na lahat!"
She continued, "But it's really awesome kasi masaya ako na kasama ako sa process, hindi ako yung parang, ‘Ah bahala na,’ ‘tapos gagawin ko na lang pag andoon na.
“I'm really involved with the process ng paggawa nitong project na 'eto for my 10th year anniversary."
DOWNPLAYS “ICON” STATUS. Last year, her concert with Rico Blanco and Gloc-9 was titled Icons.
The self-effacing songstress clarified, "Icon status? Uhm, kung maging icon man ako, masaya ako.
“Mahirap i-claim pero masaya ako kung ganoon yung tingin sa akin ng mga tao.
“Ang mahalaga sa akin talaga, binubuhos ko yung passion ko sa ginagawa ko.
“I don't want to… alam mo yun, I don't want na mag-get ‘yan inside my head dahil ‘pag pumasok na yun, baka mag-iba attitude mo towards your work.
“E, I'm just really for passion and sincerity and just really loving my followers, that’s all.”