Maris Racal considers it a dream come true to be recording an official princess anthem for Disney.
In an interview with Star Magic Inside News, Maris was pleasantly surprised when she was asked to sing “Simulan,” the Filipino rendition of Disney’s princess pop song “Starting Now” performed by Grammy-winning singer Brandy.
“Hindi po ako makapaniwala, as in, sobrang ‘talaga ba? ako?’ ‘Yun yung exact reaction ko,” Maris enthused. “Seryoso ba? Parang medyo na-pressure nga akong mag-yes pero nag-yes talaga ako kasi it’s such a huge opportunity and dream ko talaga sila maka-work.”
The “Asa Naman” singer described the “kilig” she felt while recording the track which is a part of Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration program, a year-long initiative that seeks to “spotlight the courage and kindness Disney heroines inspire in fans around the world.”
“Sobrang supportive ng mga tao sa studio. Alam mo po ‘yung nagre-record ako pero at the same time kinikilig ako, hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala,” said Maris.
“Ang saya sa feeling, ang gaan. Ang ganda po ng song, ang ganda ng pagkaka-translate from English to Filipino,” she added.
In a report by Manila Bulletin, Maris spoke of what she hopes young Filipinas would feel and learn from listening to the princess anthem.
“With this song, I hope young Filipinas would feel empowered to do the things that they have always wanted to do and not to forget about the hearts of gold that they have, to chase their dreams while being compassionate to other people,” she shared.
Disney Studios Philippines and Globe Telecom joined forces in producing the Filipino version of the track.
Watch the official lyric video of “Simulan” here:
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