Singer-songwriter Maris Racal was chosen by Disney Philippines to record “Simulan,” the Filipino version of the new Disney princess anthem “Starting Now.” The song talks about the courage and kindness shown by different Disney heroes, fit for the ongoing Ultimate Princess Celebration.
“Definitely a princess moment. ✨ My first ever project with [Disney Studios Philippines] is finally here! I can’t believe this is happening,” Maris posted on Instagram.
In an interview with Star Magic Inside News, Maris shared her reaction when she found out that she was chosen to sing the official anthem for the year-long celebration.
“Hindi po ako makapaniwala. As in, sobrang, ‘Talaga ba? Ako?’ ‘Yun ‘yung exact reaction ko… Nag-’yes’ talaga ako ’cause it’s such a huge opportunity and dream ko talaga silang maka-work.”
She also said that she has been inspired by various Disney princesses in different phases of her life, but her favorite among them would be Elsa, whom she admires for her individuality and independence.
“Lahat naman ng mga princesses may kanya-kanyang story. So parang lahat ng challenges ko growing up as a little girl hanggang sa naging dalaga na ako, iba-iba ‘yung phase ko. Every phase, may princess diyan, I’m sure. Kasi every time I watch, naiiyak ako, nai-inspire ako,” she said.
The Ultimate Princess Celebration, celebrated by Disney Philippines in partnership with Globe, highlights stories of courage and kindness of both Disney characters and “real-life princesses.”
“For the first time in forever, we are celebrating the brave, beloved Disney Princess and Frozen heroes in the Ultimate Princess Celebration,” the Disney Philippines website read.
“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime, global extravaganza, surprising and delighting fans all year long through content, products, experiences, and more. Join us as we celebrate the heart of gold, and the courage and kindness, these characters inspire in us all.”
Art Daniella Sison