Did you ever dream of becoming a princess growing up? A specific Disney Princess, that is.
I’ve always wanted to be Cinderella, until Belle came along and changed all that. Oh wait, I also wanted to be Princess Ariel (because Prince Eric, duh)! Oh, my childhood.
Most of us are perhaps way too old to make our dreams of ever becoming Disney Princesses come true. But perhaps we can root for six young Filipino girls who will pursue their dreams in Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream, a first-of-its-kind digital reality-series produced by Globe Telecom’s Globe Studios in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia and Maker Studios.
Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream mentor Lea Salonga
Inspired by Disney’s iconic princesses and their incredible stories and qualities, the 12-episode web series will bring viewers on a magical journey with the girls and their various mentors, led by Disney legend Lea Salonga with theater actress Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, social educator Efren Peñaflorida, veterinarian Dr. Nielsen Donato, animator Tito Romero, Chef Jessie Sincioco, and YouTuber and host Charisma Star.
Part of a wider global Disney Princess initiative, Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream, which premieres on February 25, revolves around these six young girls in parallel with the stories of different Disney Princesses. Selected from a series of auditions last year, the six girls who are between 9 to 16 years old and with diverse interests will go on a journey of self-discovery. The series will be hosted by popular vlogger Janina Vela.
In the web series, the girls will be staying in a house where they will be mentored to reach their dreams. Only one girl will be chosen for a special trip of a lifetime: to walk down the red carpet at the Tokyo premiere of the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast.
(L-R) Head of Globe Studios Quark Henares, Executive Director of Disney Southeast Asia Daniel Tan, Lea Salonga, President & CEO of Globe Telecom Ernest Cu, I Dare To Dream host Janina Vela, Chief Commercial Officer of Globe Telecom Albert de Larrazabal, and Globe Retail Transformation and Stores Management Head Joe Caliro with the six finalists.
“These kids have big aspirations in life and we want to support them all the way. We want to be there to see their dreams turn into reality and that’s what will make it a magical experience, and we want to share it with the public,” said Quark Henares, Head of Globe Studios.
The six girls are: Hya Leonardo, who wants to be a theater actress and a singer; Sirach Catipay, an aspiring chef; Liana San Diego, an aspiring veterinarian; Jaden Narvios, who wants to be the next president of the Philippines; Stephanie Jordan, an aspiring newscaster/TV host; and Alexi Tan, an aspiring animator.
Internationally-acclaimed artist Lea Salonga with the girls of I Dare To Dream
Watch these girls go through the last stretch of their Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream journey in an upcoming concert with their coach Lea Salonga and a star-studded lineup of other Filipino music talents, featuring songs from Disney Princess movies, on March 22 at the SM MOA Arena. The Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream web series will air on Globe Telecom’s YouTube channel and on idaretodream.ph. This will also air on Disney Channel and on the Disney Channel mobile app in May.