EXCLUSIVE: Way to go, Janine Teñoso!

Published August 2, 2018, 5:04 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

It’s only been two years since she first appeared on TV singing competition “Born To Be A Star,” but Janine Teñoso is already making it big in the music scene.

Janine Teñoso (Photo by Rochwald Figueroa/Manila Bulletin) /mb.com.ph
Janine Teñoso (Photo by Rochwald Figueroa/Manila Bulletin)

Signed with Viva, she has released a song she wrote herself, became a part of P-pop Generation, and featured on a TV series with labelmates Aubrey Caraan and Carlyn Ocampo.

And last year, Janine took on the Rivermaya gem “241” that’s part of the OST of the romantic film “100 Tula Para Kay Stella.”

She has a song on the “Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story)” soundtrack, doing a version of Itchyworms’ “’Di Na Muli.”

In an exclusive interview with the singer, she admitted everything still feels surreal to her.

“It’s a passion for me, what I’m doing,” she said. “Singing is something I love and I’m glad my parents support me all the way.”

Of course, Janine is not exempted from having her own set of bashers. But rather than let herself be affected by what they say, she just takes hate comments with a grain of salt.

“I’m the kind of person who knows myself well. I do not let myself be swayed by their beliefs. I just ignore those because I have my own beliefs.”

At a young age, Janine is already sure of what path she want to takes.

“This is my passion and I think, this is the purpose God has given to me. I’m gonna go with this,” she said.

With her positive disposition in life, Janine doesn’t limit her dreams. In fact, five up to 10 years from now, she hopes to be known internationally.

“My plan is to become multi-talented,” she revealed. “But of course I’m young and I have a lot to learn. And also I think waiting is part of it and yet I have to do something, too.”


Among artists she looks up to are Adele, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé.

“I really admire their passion for writing, it really comes from the heart. And they do it smoothly whether it’s fast or slow song,” she related.

In writing songs, it helps that in school she wrote for their paper.

“So, really, I’m a story teller,” she said.

Janine has a notebook where she writes her songs. She brings it wherever she goes.

First song

Her first single “Fall” was inspired by her high school memories, the time she would play the love guru to her friends. One story of her close friend touched her heart so she wrote about it.

Janine is gearing for releasing new compositions. But, she noted she wanted it to be in Filipino to be more relatable to the youth.
Where does she get inspiration for those hugot songs?

“From my bad and sad experiences in life,” she said.

It makes sense.