What Yeng wants to tell Charice
Kapamilya singer Yeng Constantino hopes international singing sensation Charice Pempengco will not be discouraged by the negative criticism her new look has generated.
“Lahat sa mundo temporary lang. Bashing or praising, it’s all temporary. But I really hope na hindi siya ma-discourage sa mga naririnig niya sa tao,” she said in an interview with Yahoo! Philippines OMG!
Herself once a target of criticism due to her edgy fashion sense, Yeng said what matters is that Charice knows who she is trying to please.
“Kasi lahat ng tao natututo sa bawat pinagdadaanan and ang nagmamatter lang talaga sa mundo is who you please,” she explained. “Are you pleasing other people, are you pleasing yourself or are you pleasing your Maker?”
Yeng added, “When you’re pleasing your Maker, walang magiging mali dun. Basta may peace ka sa ginagawa mo.”
The “Hawak Kamay” and "Jeepney Love Story" singer further said the opinion of other people should not dictate how one thinks of herself.
“Bukod sa sarili mo o sa family mo, si God yung pinaka-nakakakilala sayo,” she shared.
Of course, more than her looks, what's more important is how Charice has proven that Filipinos can penetrate the international entertainment scene, Yeng said.
Yeng has her fair share of negative comments online—particularly on the popular social networking site Twitter. She admits it gets offensive at first. But more than hatred, Yeng said she feels sad for those who took the time to bash her online.
“Kasi nagkakaroon siya ng hatred sa heart niya na hindi niya alam na namumuo and napu-pull down siya noon. Samantalang ako, masaya ako,” she shared.
And what does Yeng do when she encounters an online hater?
“Ang ginagawa ko talaga—honestly, kahit sabi pa ng mga tao na corny ako—pinagpa-pray ko yung mga taong nagba-bash sa akin,” Yeng revealed.
Still, the recent MYX Music Awards Favorite Female Artist winner said she sometimes tries to see if the hurtful online comments have a dash of truth to them.
“Pag may nakita ako—kunwari, ‘Ang pangit ng performance mo,’ ‘Ang pangit ng make-up mo’—sometimes, makinig ka rin. Baka mamaya tama naman pala, you check your make-up,” she shared. “But I don’t take it personally. Inaavoid ko ng any kind of hate sa heart dahil makaka-affect yun sa buhay ko and sa music ko. “
In the end, Yeng said she chooses to use social media to inspire people and make her followers happy.
“Ayokong magamit yung social network para makipag-away,” she said.
If Yeng seems very happy, it’s probably because of the blessings she been receiving early this year. Besides the MYX Music Awards win, Yeng’s fourth album, “Yeng Constantino: Yeng Versions Live,” just reached the Platinum status.
“I’m really blessed, blessed. Manominate ka lang sa MYX Music Awards, sobrang panalo ka na. And sobrang bugbog na yung salitang yun, but I really mean it,” Yeng said.
Less than a year after the release of the fourth album, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter is already working on her fifth album.
“Ibang tunog naman ito. The past albums, ginawang full band. This time, gusto ko na mas medyo bare lang. Piano, na may guitara, cello, violin, mas tahimik. Kilala na nila ako as pop rock chick so ang impression nila sa akin, maingay and all, Pero wala naming magbabago sa music ko. Siguro mas mellow lang,” she said of her work-in-progress. “Yun din kasi ang direction ng heart ko ngayon. Easy-breezy, happy, grateful. Lalabas yun sa mga susunod na songs.”
She added her new songs will probably be similar to the sound of her latest single, “Pag-ibig.” Yeng also hopes her next album will be made up of all originals.
“I really hope na the album would be all originals kasi the last album was puro revivals. Ngayon, gusto ko puro originals so we’re praying for that.”