Yeng Constantino, one of the judges of “Tawag ng Tanghalan”, met her inspiration as a contestant in the show
- Yeng and the candidate, Genelyn Borga, had a tearful reunion on stage
- The singer admitted how it will be very hard for to judge the family friend
Yeng Constantino became a household name in the music industry when the pop-rock singer-songwriter won ABS-CBN’s show 'Pinoy Dream Academy' over a decade ago. Since then, the singer has successfully released hit songs like 'Hawak Kamay', 'Chinito', 'Ikaw' and a few others which have become staples in every Filipino's playlist.
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Constantino has become an inspiration for a lot of aspiring singers who want to make it big in the industry, but do you ever wonder who was her inspiration back then?
The singer was pleasantly surprised when one of the people who she looked up to ended up in front of her but in a complicated situation. Constantino met her while she served as one of the judges in 'Tawag ng Tanghalan', a popular segment of the hit noontime show 'It’s Showtime'.
The contestant, Genalyn Borja, or 'Ate Gena', as Yeng fondly calls her, sang 'Suddenly It’s Magic' by Cunnie William during the competition. After Borja sang a few lines, the cameras zoomed in on Yeng who cannot hide the surprise on her face after realizing that she recognized the contestant on stage.
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Even the hosts, Vice Ganda and Mariel Rodriquez, were surprised when Yeng revealed how Borja is her childhood friend. She also admitted that it will be very hard for her to judge the candidate because Borja served as Constantino’s inspiration when she was just starting in the industry.
The singer also recalled how her 'Ate Gena' was the one who inspired to join singing contests at a young age. Borja would let her tag along in singing contests and from then on, she started dreaming of standing in the same stage.
The two had a tearful reunion on stage when Constantino requested to come down and hugged the friend who she has not seen for twenty years. It turned out Borja is not only close to Constantino but to her whole family as well. Borja happily shared how the singer is very kind and has not changed since she last saw her.
In the end, Constantino requested another judge to comment on the performance instead of her being partial to her childhood friend.-HB, Kami Media