Filipino-Chinese artist Yumi and Vehnee Saturno
Saturno composes song for HK child artist Yumi Chung
Bot Glorioso (The Philippine Star) - January 12, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Seasoned songwriter Vehnee Saturno is impressed by how Yumi Chung, a young Filipino-Chinese artist in Hong Kong, can effortlessly carry a tune that he right away offered to write a song for her.

Yumi was in Manila recently to record Vehnee’s new composition titled Say Hello.

Yumi was only seven years old when her Pinay mom, Joanne, enrolled her at the Vehnee Saturno Music Training Center while they were on vacation in her hometown Laguna. It was Ladine Roxas, the school’s managing director and Vehnee’s wife, who introduced Yumi to her husband.

“She has a good voice, is a very beautiful girl and there’s really a lot of potential in her in the entertainment industry. With more vocal trainings, I’m sure she has the makings of a singing star here (in the Philippines),” said Vehnee, who is also certain that Yumi’s cover version of Pasulyap-sulyap will make music fans sit up and notice the 13-year-old’s vocal talent. 

Pasulyap-sulyap was among the many hits that he composed and originally sung by Tootsie Guevarra. Vehnee became popular as a songwriter after he wrote Be My Lady, the same song that catapulted Martin Nievera to stardom. He also provided original songs, which became career-making hits, to Donna Cruz with Only Me and You; Jaya, Dahil Tanging Ikaw; Jessa Zaragoza, Bakit Pa?; Randy Santiago, Para Sa ‘Yo; Rachel Alejandro, Mr. Kupido; Sarah Geronimo, Forever’s Not Enough; Ariel Rivera, Sana Kahit Minsan; and many more. 

Vehnee also became active as a record producer and worked with more big-name stars.

Yumi, on the other hand, is an accomplished singer, dancer, commercial and print model, and TV and movie actress in Hong Kong. She can speak Cantonese, Mandarin, English and Tagalog. 

The young artist is excited to perform on the local stage in the coming days. In fact, Vehnee posted on his Facebook page that Yumi will soon release her first single under Star Music.


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