Filipina pop-rock singer-songwriter Yeng Constatntino spent her full six hours recording the Chinese version of her sought-after song “Ikaw.”
“Ginawa po ang lyrics sa Singapore. Ni-record ko rin doon. My boss po sa Academy of Rock, Chinese descendant po siya, eh. Pinagawa niya ang ‘Ikaw’ in Mandarin (I composed the lyrics and recorded it in Singapore. My boss in Academy of Rock is a Chines descendant. He wanted me to write the song “Ikaw” in Mandarin),” Yeng was quoted in a Manila Bulletin report.
Yeng had her interview at the media huddle for the first ever Fil-Chi star concert named “Nice To meet You” which will happen on January 17, 2018, 8 o’ clock in the evening at Mall of Asia Arena. The singer-songwriter will be joined by Chinese artists G.E.M., Della Wu, Chief (Cha o Chuan) and Da Zhuang.
This event is produced by Philippine Dragon Media Network (PDMN).
Aside from the Chinese artists, Kapamilya actress Kim Chiu will also be one of the performers.
According to Yeng, singing her song in a different language is not an easy thing to do.
“Mahirap pong aralin ang Mandarin. Ang pronunciation nila ay iba talaga. Kapag nag-iba ang pronunciation ay nag-iiba ang meaning. Konting mali sa pronounciation ay iba na agad ang meaning so kailangang ime-morize ko talaga (Learning Mandarin is hard. They pronunciation is really different. Once the pronunciation differs, the meaning of the word will change. Small mistake in pronunciation will lead to different meaning so I really need to memorize it),” she said.
“I needed to have a vocal coach,” she added.
The singer-songwriter has always been looking forward to being part of an event as “Nice To Meet You.”
“We were hoping before na magkaroon nga ng mga gigs na ganito, na makakanta ako for Chinese communities. Nakikita ko na ngayon ang fruit ng ginawa namin sa Singapore. Nakakatuwa na meron ganitong event (We were hoping to have gigs like this before where I can sing for Chinese communities. I can see the fruit of what we did in Singapore. I’m glad that we have this kind of event.),” Yeng stressed.
She said that she was even surprised when she was chosen to perform in the event. She added that sometimes she’s hoping for it although she wasn’t expecting something like this to happen.
“Tayong mga Pilipino, bukod sa nakakapag-perform tayo sa Pilipinas (ay) gusto rin nating na nakakapag-perform para sa ibang lahi. Opportunity po ito para sa akin (We, Filipinos, aside from we are able to perform in the Philippines, we also want to perform for other people. This is an opportunity for me),” Yeng explained.
The Filipina singer earlier performed for a Chinese crowd at the China Asean Friendship concert. In the upcoming “Nice To Meet You” concert. Yeng disclosed that there will be no collaborations with any of the Chinese performers. She said it will be a solo performance, and that she will be doing five to six songs depending on the audience.