Hawak Kamay

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For the ABS-CBN teleserye, see Hawak Kamay (TV series).
"Hawak Kamay"
Single by Yeng Constantino
from the album Salamat
Released 2006 (2006)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Acoustic folk, pop rock
Length 04:20
Label Star Records
Writer(s) Yeng Constantino
Producer(s) Dream Big Productions
Yeng Constantino singles chronology
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"Hawak Kamay" ("Holding Hands") is a song by Filipina singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino, the winner of the ABS-CBN TV program Pinoy Dream Academy in 2006.[when?] Solely written by Constantino, the song is about a cousin with whom she developed a deep friendship. In 2006, it won the Best Theme Song at the 32nd Metro Manila Film Festival. The song is also used in the 2011 film, Won't Last a Day Without You.

Background and writing[edit]

Constantino wrote "Hawak Kamay" at age 14, inspired by a cousin who had left their hometown to live away from her. She performed the song for the first time live on Pinoy Dream Academy. During that time, she sang the song along with her fellow contestants Ronnie Liang, Davey Langit, Joan Ilagan and Jun Hirano. Following public demand, the song was released by Star Records. The song is the most successful single to date in Constantino's career.[citation needed]


  • 1st version - used in the Pinoy Dream Academy days. This version appears on Pinoy Dream Academy Originals Vol. 1.
  • 2nd version - used as the theme song in the movie Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo.
  • 3rd version - made for her debut album, Salamat.

Cover versions[edit]

Award nominations[edit]

  • Best Theme Song (Kasal Kasali Kasalo's "Hawak Kamay"): 32nd Metro Manila Film Festival
  • Pop Movie Theme Song (Kasal Kasali Kasalo's "Hawak Kamay"): ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards 2007
  • Best Theme Song (Kasal Kasali Kasalo's "Hawak Kamay"): 55th FAMAS Awards 2007
  • Extremely Requested Videoke Song ("Hawak Kamay"): 2nd IFM Pinoy Music Awards

Live performances[edit]

Constantino first performed this song on Pinoy Dream Academy, together with her fellow contestants Ronnie Liang, Davey Langit, Joan Ilagan and Jun Hirano. She has performed the song several times on ASAP. In September 2009, she performed the song on Umagang Kay Ganda as a tribute for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana). In August 2011, she performed a medley of "Hawak Kamay" and her song "Lapit" on Eat Bulaga!. On December 9, 2011, Constantino and American singer/songwriter David DiMuzio performed a duet of "Hawak Kamay (I'm By Your Side)" in Taglish on ASAP Rocks.