First PH Digital Reality Series Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream Hails All 6 Finalists as Grand Winners
Disney Legend and Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream mentor Lea Salonga top bills star-studded concert finale
It’s one thing for Lea Salonga to hold a concert, but it’s another for her to lead a magical night to sing Disney classics with the country’s best singers. That’s what happened on March 22, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena, when the Disney Legend performed with the country’s best belters at the Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream concert to crown the winner of Disney and Globe Studio’s first digital reality series Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream.
Out of hundreds of girls who auditioned for the series, six young and vibrant girls were chosen to start their quest to reach their dreams. Carrying Disney values and sharing their own life stories, the girls went on a journey of self-discovery and confidence with Salonga and alongside mentors from different industries.
The six finalists were Sirach Catipay, an aspiring chef who wants to share the world’s cuisines to others; Stephanie Jordan, a singing competition contestant who wants to enter the world of hosting; Hyacinth Leonado, who dreams of becoming a Broadway singer and actress; Jaden Narvios, who wants to be the president of the Philippines; Liana San Diego, who wants to be a veterinarian; and Alexi Tan, who’s striving to become an animator.
Together with Salonga, the girls were each mentored by top chef Jessie Sincioco, YouTuber and host Charisma Star, theater actress Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, social educator Efren Peñaflorida, veterinarian Dr. Nielsen Donato, and animator Tito Romero. They were also joined by vlogger Janina Vela, who served as the guiding elder sister.
At the end of the concert, and in a surprising turn of events, Salonga announced all six girls as winners of Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream. As grand winners, all them will get to fly to Japan for the premiere of the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, meet and greet with Disney Legend and composer Alan Menken and director, screenwriter Bill Condon, and visit Tokyo Disneyland!
“Globe recognizes the change in how Filipinos consume entertainment, content is on demand now, so we brought this unique show to where most Filipino are: online. Both the concert and the digital reality series are a celebration of young kids everywhere who are dreaming big. It was tough to select only one winner from a pool of incredible girls. They are all talented in their own way and have shown remarkable depth and maturity. All the Disney princesses got their happy endings, and we felt that they should, too,” shares Quark Henares, Head of Globe Studios.
Salonga led a series of spectacular performances of Disney songs with Christian Bautista, KC Concepcion, Sam Concepcion, Morissette, Julie Anne San Jose, Tippy Dos Santos, Aicelle Santos, Erik Santos, and Janina Vela, who performed favorites like Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest,” The Little Mermaid’s “Under the Sea,” Aladdin’s “A Whole New World,” and Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go.”
What’s next for these girls? It’s hard to tell because they’re so young but joining the series allowed them to be one step closer to becoming a chef, a host, a Broadway singer, the president of the Philippines, a veterinarian, and an illustrator, and it all began with a dream in their mind and a wish in their heart.
To learn more about the cast and watch all the episodes of Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream, visit Globe Telecom’s YouTube channel or globestudios.ph/series/i-dare-to-dream. This will also be aired on Disney Channel and on the Disney Channel mobile app in May.
In Above Photo: I Dare to Dream host Janina Vela (middle) with the six I Dare to Dream grand winners (L-R) Hya Leonardo, Alexi Tan, Liana San Diego, Sirach Catipay, Jaden Narvios, and Stephanie Jordan.
Among the top performers at the recent I Dare to Dream concert finale were Sam Concepcion, Erik Santos, and Christian Bautista who all performed The Little Mermaid’s hit Under The Sea with I Dare to Dream finalist and aspiring chef Sirach Catipay.
(L) Julie Anne San Jose did her own powerful version of How Far I’ll Go from Disney’s latest Disney Princess movie, Moana; and (R) Aicelle Santos performed Katy Perry’s Roar.
(L) Disney Legend Lea Salonga sang the original movie version of Aladdin’s A Whole New World with Christian Bautista; And (R) with the premiere of Disney’s remake of Beauty and the Beast, Morisette Amon and Erik Santos entertained guests with their duet of Tale As Old As Time.
(L) Hosts KC Concepcion and Christian Bautista opened the show with Beauty and the Beast’s Be Our Guest; and (R) Lea Salonga and finalist Hya Leonado sang A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes.
(L) Tippy Dos Santos, Sam Concepcion, and Julie Anne San Jose sang Hall of Fame by The Script; (R) Vlogger personality Janina Vela shared the stage with finalist and future TV host Stephanie Jordan.
(L) I Dare to Dream finalist and future President of the Philippines Jaden Narvios shared the stage with Morisette Amon who sang Reflections from the Disney movie, Mulan; and (R) aspiring Chef Sirach Catipay sharing her experience in joining I Dare to Dream.
Globe Executives led by President and CEO Ernest Cu and Chief Commercial Officer Albert De Larrazabal together with the whole Disney and Globe team of I Dare to Dream alongside all the concert performers led by Lea Salonga and the 6 grand winners.
I Dare to Dream mentor Lea Salonga finally announced that all 6 I Dare to Dream finalists were the winners of the first ever Disney and Globe Studios digital reality series. The 6 grand winners were: Hyacinth Leonado, who dreams of becoming a Broadway singer and actress; Stephanie Jordan, a singing competition contestant who wants to enter the world of hosting; Liana San Diego, who wants to be a veterinarian; Jaden Narvios, who wants to be the president of the Philippines; Alexi Tan, who’s striving to become an animator and Sirach Catipay, an aspiring chef.
(L) Aicelle Santos, Sam Concepcion, and Tippy Dos Santos; and (R) I Dare to Dream series Executive Producer Garlic Garcia with Julie Anne San Jose and Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu.
(L) Managing Director for Disney Southeast Asia Rob Gilby, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Arlene Cu, Carol Sy, and Hans Sy, Jr.; and (R) Carla Humphries and Raymond Gutierrez at the red carpet.
(L) Renowned YouTube personality and I Dare to Dream featured mentor Charisma Star and (R) Angelu de Leon with daughter Nicole at the red carpet.
Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan with kids Hannah and Solana; Ruffa Gutierrez with daughters Venice and Lorin; and Christine Reyes and Ali Khatibi with daughter Amarah at the red carpet.