Bamboo Mañalac talks about his first major concert with Yeng Constantino and why they're a perfect fit when it comes to music.
Bamboo Mañalac claimed that the singing prowess of Yeng Constantino would have warranted a chair turn from him had she joined The Voice Of The Philippines
. “[When] you sit on a chair (at the said reality talent show) you’d have no idea [who the person would be]. But I think I would. Yung mga
choices ko, hindi ko alam kung paano ko nagawa. Lahat ng nakuha ko
are either playing an instrument or a songwriter. So I think she belongs to my team,” Bamboo hypothetically stated during the press con of B/Y Request: Bamboo and Yeng Constantino at Araneta Coliseum.
A former frontman of popular OPM bands like Rivermaya and Bamboo, the 35-year-old rock star is excited to be offering something different with his collaboration with the country’s Pop Rock Princess. “Once the concept of the show was brought up, and to play with an artist like Yeng, I was game. Si Yeng, [I admire the fact that] she has a plan for her career. Ang mahirap [kasi in this business is] to maintain relevancy and to stay the long course. Pero hindi niya hinahabol yung sprint. If you want to stay long you have to work for it. It takes a lot of work [and that’s what she’s doing].”
Although they previously worked together for a production number (“Here Comes The Rain”) on ASAP, this is the first time that Bamboo and Yeng will be staging a concert together. “She’s great. Dun pa lang nagbabatuhan na kami ng ideas. Lagyan ko ng harmonica yung kanta. She gets that.”
Bamboo may seem a bit elusive to most people, but he actually initiates a conversation whenever he works with an artist for the first time. “People see me as quiet. Pero I don’t know, kapag singers ang nakakatrabaho ko, I’m very chatty. Kapag tahimik sila, ako minsan mag-o-open up. I ask them, ‘Ano ang pinapakinggan mo? What are you watching?’ I guess kasi in a sense na people [have this notion that] I’m a sort of mystery. Ang tendency ng singers or most people, malayo sila sa akin. They don’t know how to approach me so ako na mismo lalapit para mag-hi-hello.”
When asked how he feels that The Voice of The Philippines helped him to become closer to the audience, Bamboo humbly stated, “Hindi ko alam. I can’t answer that. The great thing about it is the show showed a different side of me that’s not all about music. Pero may wall pa rin ako. Parang first time ako nagsalita ng past one minute.”