MANILA - Yeng Constantino does not feel insulted with the rise of "non-singers" in the entertainment industry, she revealed in an interview on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" on Tuesday.
"Sa totoo lang po, hindi talaga," she said when asked to give her thoughts on the issue, which began when young artist Rhap Salazar expressed his frustration at "non-singers" releasing albums.
According to the 27-year-old Constantino, who has released five studio albums of her own, there is nothing wrong with giving fans what they want.
"Kung hiningi ng mga taga-suporta niya na umawit siya, umawit siya. Dahil mahal niya ang mga taga-suporta niya eh," she said. "Sa akin saludo pa rin ako."
She added: "Dahil naniniwala ako na kahit hindi siya kasing talented, naniniwala ako na binigay din niya ang puso niya sa paggawa ng pelikula, sa pag-entertain ng tao at importate po iyon para sa akin."
Constantino, who first made a name for herself after winning the inaugural season of "Pinoy Dream Academy," also explained that the proliferation of "non-singers" does not prevent her from making music.
"Bilang isang artist, hindi ako magpapapigil para gumawa ng sarili kong craft, magsulat, kumanta dahil lamang sa mayroon ganito," she said.
Meanwhile, Filipino music icon Rey Valera, who was also interviewed, said the issue of "non-singers" is not an exclusive problem to the Philippines. The veteran singer warned that "talent will always prevail" as some find out later in their careers.
Constantino and Valera are part of the judging panel of the television comeback of "Tawag ng Tanghalan," which is part of the noontime show "It's Showtime."
According to the two, the talent search aims to discover "the next Nora Aunor." The actress first made a name for herself after winning the contest back in 1967.
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