In a statement accompanying the release of "Tenderness," Melina Duterte describes the song as “a feel-good, funky, kind of sexy song” in part about “the curse of social media” and how it complicates relationships."
Expanding further she says: “That’s definitely about scrolling on your phone and seeing a person and it just haunts you, you can’t escape it. I have a weird relationship to social media and how people perceive me—as this person that has a platform, as a solo artist, and this marginalized person. That was really getting to me. I wanted to express those emotions, but I felt stifled. I feel like a lot of the themes of the songs stemmed from bottled up emotions, frustration with yourself, and acceptance.”
Anak Ko is Duterte's follow-up to 2017 album Everybody Works. Earlier this year she released new song "Simple" via the Adult Swim singles project.