Award-winning singer-songwriter, Yumi Lacsamana dropped her latest single under VIVA Records, “Pangiti-ngiti Lang” with music, lyrics, and arrangement by Kiko Salazar.

Yumi Lacsamana Pangiti-Ngiti Lang

Yumi Lacsamana, who popularized many OPM hits including “Dyosa” and “Triangulo” reveals that she recorded the new song last month. Upon the release of the single on August 14, PalabasTayo found out that her partnership for Pangiti-ngiti Lang with another award-winning musician, Kiko Salazar started in jest. Yumi narrates, “Working with him felt like I wasn’t working at all. We’re just having fun all throughout the process. At first, it was just a joke: ‘What if you write a song for me? I’ll be your singer. Let’s see what will happen.’ and suddenly it became a reality.” Yumi loves every part of the song because Kiko wrote it especially for her.

In a quick messenger chat, Kiko Salazar says that Pangiti-ngiti Lang was musically inspired by American singer, Babyface because he wanted to have that 90’s or 2000’s R&B ballad feel. The composer of “Akin Ka Na Lang” (cleverly sampled in this single) says, “Yumi asked me to write her a song. I was so interested in the idea that she’s gonna release something that she didn’t write. The title just popped out during one of our conversations.” Kiko added, “I felt like it was a really strong statement, like everybody had that same moment for sure. That part of moving on and healing, we start by pretending we’re ok.”

Mixed and mastered by Thyro Alfaro, the song reflects people’s feelings about failed relationships. It captures how sometimes you are having a good day and suddenly you remember you are alone. Yet you go on with your day not showing you’re still hurting and really dying inside. You try to look strong on the outside by forcing a smile on your face. Watch the official music video below:

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