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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 5, 2017

Beauty Queen Maker Jonas Gaffud Introduces New Sing And Rap Duo, Yheen And Yuki, And Their First Digital Album

JONAS GAFFUD of Aces and Queens is better known as the maker of winning beauty queens, but now, he is also into managing singers, He recently launched the digital album of a sing and rap duo, Yheen and Yuki, now available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. The carrier single is a tribute to beauty queens, “You’re Beautiful”, and Yheen and Yuki dedicate it to the three beauty queens whose world tour they will join: Miss World Megan Young, Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and Miss International Kylie Verzosa.

Jonas says their world tour will be a combination of a glamorous fashion show and musical interludes to be staged in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. How was Yheen and Yuri discovered?
“When the Miss Universe pageant was held here a few months ago, we were getting a male singer to serenade them pero nag-attitude, so nagpahanap ako kung sino ang puede and Yuki was referred to me,” says Jonas. “I found him very good and I said humanap ng isa pang makakasama niya para we can form a duo and he referred Yheen to me. At yun, pinagawa na namin sila agad ng album. Ang bilis nga. The other songs in their album are 'Lucia' and the inspirational 'Laban Nang Laban'.”

Yheen’s full name is Brian Leonardo Valero while Yuki is Takayuki Sakamoto. Yuki’s dad is pure Japanese who abandoned him when he was still a baby. “I was born and raised in Manila and I’ve never met my father,” he says. He got his good looks more from his mestiza mom and he doesn’t look Japanese at all.

Both guys are very tall. Yheen is 5’11” while Yuki is 6’1”. They both come from different boy bands. Yheen is from Down to Mars, which broke up after their contract with GMA-7 ended. Yuki is from 143 which has also disbanded. Both of them are willing to go into acting, if they’d be given the opportunity to do so. "Kumukuha na ng kami ng acting workshop kasi sabi ng manager namin, isasama kami sa movie na gagawin ni Pia with Vice Ganda," says Yuki. Well, good luck to both of you!