MANILA -- Singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino admitted that she is suffering from a condition called synesthesia, which is also the title of her latest album for Star Music.
"Natuklasan ko na sa three years na hindi ako naglabas ng album na mayroon pala akong synesthesia, which is 'yung brain conditioning senses ng isang tao ay nagmi-mix," Constantino said in an interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday.
"Parang may kinain ako, eh nakakakita ako ng colors, or kapag may narinig akong kanta, may nakikita akong color, kapag nakakakita ako ng tao, nakakakita ako ng color... Parang ito 'yung normal na sense for me, pero sa ibang tao hindi siya normal," she elaborated.
According to a science news website LiveScience, "synesthesia is a neurological condition that causes the brain to process data in the form of several senses at once. For example, a person with synesthesia may hear sounds while also seeing them as colorful swirls. The condition isn't fully understood, but it is thought to be genetic, and it affects more women than men."
Constantino said it was her husband who discovered about her condition while they were eating.
"Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Alam mo love, itong food na ito parang purple 'yung kulay niya.' Sabi ni Yan, 'Ha?' Hindi purple ang kulay ng food ko, I mean purple ang kulay ng taste niya. Sabi ni Yan, 'Baka may synesthesia ka na.' Tapos Ginoogle ko. Sobrang eksakto kung ano ang description doon. So 'yung mga tao kapag kumakain nakakakita ng kulay or parang naa-associate nila 'yung taste with colors or kapag nakikinig sila ng sound na-a-associate nila with colors," Constantino narrated.