Yeng Constantino Biography, Music, Family and Awards
Josephine “Yeng” Eusebio Constantino Asuncion (born December 4, 1988) is a Filipina pop-rock singer-songwriter and occasional actress. In 2006, she won the title “Grand Star Dreamer” in the inaugural season of Pinoy Dream Academy, the Philippine edition of Endemol’s reality TV show Star Academy.
Constantino is the youngest of five siblings in the Constantino family. She is a second cousin of television host and Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus second big placer Robi Domingo. Her family was raised as a born-again Christian.
By June 2013, Constantino began a relationship with Victor “Yan” Asuncion, a fellow musician and worship director at Victory Christian Fellowship. In March 2014, after nine months of dating, Constantino announced her engagement to Asuncion through an Instagram post. On February 14, 2015, the couple married at a resort in Tagaytay, Cavite. Since September 2015, both Constantino and Asuncion went on vegan diets.
2006–07: Pinoy Dream Academy, career beginnings and Hawak Kamay
On August 27, 2006, Yeng Constantino auditioned for the inaugural season of the singing competition Pinoy Dream Academy. In December, Constantino won the competition after garnering 697,648 votes (37.32%), becoming the first “Grand Star Dreamer”, followed by Jay-R Siaboc as the first runner-up.
After winning, Star Records launched Constantino’s debut album entitled Salamat (album), containing 10 songs, seven of which were original compositions by Constantino. Her album reached Gold Record status two weeks after its release and then later went Platinum after a month, followed by a “3x Platinum Record” certification several months later.
After the success of her multi-platinum debut album, Star Records produced Constantino’s second album. On February 28, 2008, her second album, Journey was launched. The carrier single is “Ikaw Lang Talaga”. The album contains 12 tracks, some of which were written by Yeng herself. The album reached Gold status after several months.
2009–12: Lapit and Yeng Versions Live
Lapit, her third studio album, was released digitally via Star Records’ official website on October 9, 2009, then later released in physical format in music stores in the Philippines; a week later, the album was pulled due to some technical errors in the album track listing and was re-released before its grand album launch on November 1, 2009. Lapit went on to receive Platinum status.
In March 2010, Constantino began her first regular television hosting stint as co-host of Music Uplate Live, a late-night musical variety show, along with Tutti Caringal, Gee Canlas, and Martin Concio. The show aired on ABS-CBN until September 2011.
On October 5, 2011, Star Records released her first live album, entitled Yeng Versions Live, on which she sings 80’s and 90’s OPM hits. It was commercially successful and achieved Platinum status shortly after its release.
2013: Transformation and Metamorphosis
She released her fourth studio album entitled Metamorphosis on January 28, 2013. Its first single, “B.A.B.A.Y”, was released to radio stations on January 9. The music video for the second single, “Chinito”, premiered on May 24 on Myx Channel. It features Filipino actor Enchong Dee as Constatino’s love interest. The third single, “Sandata”, was released on July 3, 2013.
In November 2013, Yeng released her international single “Better Than Yesterday,” a pop song featuring prominent drums and rap courtesy of Singaporean rapper, actor and radio personality, Sheikh Haikel. The track was produced by Shorya Sharma.
The album reached Gold in December 2014.
2014–15: All About Love and The Voice Kids
She released her fifth album, All About Love, which was her attempt to tackle new genres beyond her pop-rock image. It was released on iTunes on October 30, 2014, and on CD on November 27, 2014. The music video for the first single, “Ikaw”, premiered on August 30 on Myx Channel, which also served as a prenuptial with her then-fiancé Yan Asuncion. On December 13, 2015, the album was awarded with Gold and Platinum awards on ASAP for reaching 15,000 sold copies.
In May 2015, Constantino announced that she would co-host the second season of The Voice Kids, alongside Luis Manzano and her cousin Robi Domingo, replacing Alex Gonzaga. The season aired on ABS-CBN from June 6 to August 30, 2015.
2016: Tenth year celebrations
In May 2015, Constantino announced plans to release a musical in 2016 that would feature her discography from the past years to celebrate her tenth year in the music industry.
Her early influences include Canadian superstars Alanis Morissette and Avril Lavigne; country music singers LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood; pop punk/rock bands the Ataris, Blink 182, Sum 41, The Starting Line, Coheed and Cambria, Yellowcard and Sandwich; and Filipina rock singers Acel Bisa, Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis.
In November 2014, she admitted on her website that she was a fan of contemporary stars Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Hayley Williams and Avril Lavigne.
- 2007: Salamat
- 2008: Journey
- 2009: Lapit
- 2013: Metamorphosis
- 2014: All About Love
- 2011: Yeng Versions Live
- 2006: Pinoy Dream Academy Originals (Volume 1)
- 2006: Pinoy Dream Academy Originals (Volume 2)
- 2006: Pinoy Dream Academy Originals (Volume 3)
- 2006: Pinoy Dream Academy Originals (Volume 4)
- 2007: Star Magic Christmas Album
- 2007: Judy Ann Santos: Musika ng Buhay Ko
- 2007: Nagmamahal Kapamilya Album
- 2008: My Girl OST Album
- 2008: Musika at Pelikula
- 2010: 60 Taon ng Musika at Soap Opera Album
- 2010: i-star 15 Anniversary Collection (The Best of TV and Movie Themes)
- 2010: Ngayong Pasko Magniningning ang Pilipino (Christmas Songs Compilation)
- 2011: OPM Number 1’s Vol. 2
- 2011: Bida Best Hits Da Best Album
- 2011: Da Best ang Pasko ng Pilipino Album
- 2012: OPM Number 1’s Vol. 3
- 2012: The Reunion An Eraserheads Tribute Album
- 2013: Himig Handog P-Pop Lovesongs Album
- 2014: The Next Step Vol. 2 Album (Academy of Rock)
- 2014: Star Cinema 20th Commemorative Album
- 2014: Transforming Love Album (CBN Asia)
Awards and recognition
- MYX Music Awards 2016: Favorite Mellow Video – Dance
- Without the Music – Yeng Constantino
- Wish 107.5 Music Awards 2015 – Best Wishclusive Performance by a Female Artist: Ikaw – Yeng Constantino
- Alta Media Icon Awards 2015 – Best Music Video: Ikaw – Yeng Constantino
- 28th Awit Awards 2015 – Song of the Year: Ikaw – Yeng Constantino/Star Music
- 2015 PMPC Star Awards for Music – Song of the Year: Ikaw – Yeng Constantino/Star Music
- Digital Push Awards 2015 – Push Tweet Favorite Music Artist
- Digital Push Awards 2015 – Push Gram Most Loved Music Artist
- Digital Push Awards 2015 – Push Play Best Music Artist
- Star Cinema Online Awards 2014 “Favorite Star Cinema Movie Themesong: Chinito”
- Internet Gateway’s Most Downloaded Artist for 2013
- Internet Gateway’s Most Downloaded Song 2013: Chinito
- MYX Music Awards 2014: “Favorite Female Artist”
- MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2014: “Song of the Year: Chinito”
Named as Academy of Rock’s Ambassadress
Rock School London: Honorary Licentiate Diploma
MYX Music Awards 2013: “Favorite Female Artist”
PMPC Star Awards for Music 2013: “Rock Album of the Year” – “Metamorphosis”
PMPC Star Awards for Music 2013: “Music Video of the Year” – “Chinito”
- MYX Music Awards 2012: “Favorite Female Artist”
- PMPC Star Awards for Music 2012: “Female Rock Artist of the Year”
- MYX Music Awards 2011: “Favorite Music Video” – “Jeepney Love Story”
- MYX Music Awards 2011: “Favorite Song” – “Jeepney Love Story”
- MYX Music Awards 2011: “Favorite Female Artist”
- MYX Music Awards 2011: “Favorite Collaboration” – “Kung Wala
- Na Nga – 6cyclemind Feat. Kean Cipriano & Yeng Constantino”
- MYX Music Awards 2011: “Favorite Myx Celebrity VJ”
- ASAP 24K Gold Award – “Yeng Versions Live”
- Tambayan 101.9 OPM Awards 2010: “Female Artist of the Year”
- Awit Awards 2010: “Texters’ Choice Song of the Year” – “Lapit”
- PMPC Star Awards for Music 2010: “Album of the Year” – “Lapit”
- Philippine Digital Music Awards 2009: “Best Female Artist”
- 1st Waki OPM Awards 2009 – “Album of the Year”
- Star Magic 3rd Annual Ball 2009 – “Most Fashion Forward”
- ASAP 24K Gold Award – “Journey” Album
- Pop Music Video (“Himig ng Pag-Ibig”): ASAP Pop Viewer’s Choice Awards 2008
- Awit Awards 2008: “Best Album of the year” – “Salamat”
- Awit Awards 2008: “Best inspirational/religious song” – “Salamat”
- Awit Awards 2008: “Best-selling album of the year” – “Salamat”
- Awit Awards 2008: “People’s Choice Favorite Song of the Year” – “Salamat”
- Awit Awards 2008: “People’s Choice FAvorite Music Video” – “Time-In”
- Best Theme Song (Kasal Kasali Kasalo’s “Hawak Kamay”): 32nd Metro Manila Film Festival
- Most Promising Female Recording/Concert Artist: 2006 Box Office Entertainment Awards.
- Best New Female Singer: Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards
- Female Artist Awardee: ASAP ’07 24K Awards
- Pop Movie Theme Song (Kasal Kasali Kasalo’s “Hawak Kamay”):
- ASAP Pop Viewer’s Choice Awards 2007
- Pop Music Video (“Time In”): ASAP Pop Viewer’s Choice Awards 2007
- Compilation Awardee (“Nagmamahal Kapamilya Album”): 3rd
- ASAP Platinum Circle Awards
- Female Awardee (“Salamat”): 3rd ASAP Platinum Circle Awards
- Best New Artist: 2007 Aliw Awards
- Favorite New Artist: 1st OPM Songhits 2007 Awards
- Top 40 Brand Award: 1st OPM Songhits 2007 Awards
- Best Theme Song (Kasal Kasali Kasalo’s “Hawak Kamay”): 55th FAMAS Awards 2007
- Breakthrough Artist: 1st OPM Songhits Awards 2007
- Hitmaker Of The Year: Yeng Constantino (7 hit songs for the
- year 2007): 1st Megamixx Radio Music Awards (Guam)
- Most Popular Song by a Duo (“If we fall in love” with RJ Jimenez): 2nd IFM Pinoy Music Awards
- Extremely Requested Videoke Song (“Hawak Kamay”): 2nd IFM Pinoy Music Awards