Top 5 Times We Fell in Love with Lea Salonga


Just about everyone seems excited for Lea Salonga’s return to Broadway alongside George Takei and Telly Leung in the new musical Allegiance. The musical, which was inspired by Takei’s actual childhood experiences, premiered in 2012 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Much to the excitement of fans, Allegiance is now set to open on Broadway by November 2015, with previews as early as October 2015.

If you’re unfamiliar with the breathtaking talent of Lea Salonga, then today’s your lucky day! We’ve rounded up five of the many, many moments we fell in love with Salonga to give you a brief glimpse into why she has so many loyal fans.



1) A Disney Legend
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t mention Disney when they talk about Lea Salonga’s achievements. In 2011, Salonga was honored as a Disney Legend and for good reason! Not only did she perform at the grand opening of Hong Kong’s Disneyland and help voice Mrs. Kusakabe in Disney’s English dub of My Neighbor Totoro, she is also famously known as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and as Mulan in Disney’s Mulan. So the next time you sing along to “A Whole New World” and “Reflection,” remember that the powerful voice belongs to Salonga.



2) On Stage
In 1989, Salonga was cast as the lead role in the musical “Miss Saigon.” This quickly catapulted her into fame as she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World award for the same role. She then went on the being the very first Asian cast as Eponine in “Les Misérables” and later as the character Fantine. She spoke to Rappler of her fond memories of the production saying, “For me, having performed in the two anniversary concerts was the most amazing experience ever. Sitting and working amongst some of the most amazing talent assembled felt like a dream, and I wasn’t entirely sure I belonged in this group. But it was amazing celebrating the show with many thousands of people [who] loved it as much as I did, or even more so.”



3) Breaking Records by Making Records
Needless to say, Salonga has received endless praise from the Filipino community. She made the Philippines especially proud by breaking a number of records. For instance, in 1993, Salonga became the first Filipino artist to sign on to an international label, Atlantic Records. She is also the very first Filipino artist to receive a major album release and distribution deal in the United States.


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4) Humanitarian Work
On October 15, 2010, Salonga was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Programme was created to try and raise public awareness on issues relating to hunger and poverty. “It’s an incredible honor, but it’s also a great challenge,” Salonga said of being a Goodwill Ambassador during an interview. “I’m from the Philippines and there are millions of people who are hungry and who are poor and the issue of poverty in my country is so great. Hopefully, people back home will turn their attention to this campaign and to what FAO is trying to do.”

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5) Her Inspiring Story
Okay, so it’s obvious that Lea Salonga is talented, but what about her as a person? Watch just a few interviews with Salonga and you will not only be a fan of her singing, you will also be a fan of her personality and her story. At 17, Salonga was a pre-med student, but things took an instant turn when she nailed the audition for the lead role in “Miss Saigon” after singing “On My Own” during her– a song from “Les Misérables” that she would go on to sing on the Broadway stage.


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Disney is Making a Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Film


As an Asian American woman who grew up in the 90’s, it almost feels cliche to say Mulan is my favorite Disney princess, but there’s no denying it. I can still remember the first time I watched the VHS tape of Mulan and the way I instantly felt a kinship with her that I couldn’t feel with the other Disney princesses. This princess was strong, brave and she was the first Asian Disney character I had ever seen on a screen. After I proceeded to watch the movie upwards of a hundred times, I convinced my parents to buy me a Mulan doll and the Mulan Halloween costume. After all, Mulan was “my girl.” So when I read today’s news, I felt both excited and terrified.

After the success of the live-action films Cinderella and Maleficent, Disney announced that they have plans to develop a live-action version of Mulan. In fact, they already have a script written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek. However, there is no set date yet, and Disney has a full slate of upcoming live-action films including Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland 2 and Dumbo.

Despite my soft spot for Mulan, I am naturally worried that some elements may not translate well to live-action (I’m looking at you, Mushu). But overall, curiosity and nostalgia win out. We’ve already seen a live-action bisexual Mulan, played by Jamie Chung in Once Upon A Time. How will the live-action film compare? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see.


These Disney Villain Perfume Bottles Will Make You Want to Join the Dark Side

For my entire life, I have always sided with “the good guys.” Yup, Disney taught me well because there was never a time where I rooted for the people who would make it onto Santa’s naughty list. Well, thanks to Japanese designer Ruby Spark, we may all be joining the dark side if that means getting our hands on these gorgeous perfume bottles.

Spark first put up her designs on Pixiv, a Japanese online community for artists. It wasn’t long before the perfume bottles picked up attention and had everyone begging Disney to make these designs a reality.

“There’s something special about each and every Disney villain. When I look at them, they have a sort of mysterious sexiness you’d never get from the princesses.” Spark explains. “Perfumes aren’t always soft and floral. Some of them have a tempting character, something that feels almost a little dangerous even. I thought it’d be wonderful to combine perfumes like that with the motif of Disney villains.”

Disney Princesses have definitely gained loads of popularity over the years and have inspired countless artists such as this artist who felt compelled to re-imagine the girls with different ethnicities and this company who created Indian bridal wear inspired by Disney Princesses. Well it may be time for the pure-hearted Princesses to step aside for these Disney villains.

Maybe, if we all plead hard enough, Disney will take notice of these perfume bottles and let them hit the shelves. Until then, they’re still incredible to look at.



The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Captain Hook from Peter Pan. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Gov. Ratcliffe from Pocahontas. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Claude Frollo from Hunchback of Notre Dame. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Hades from Hercules. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Prince John from Robin Hood. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Madame Medusa from The Rescuers. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Yzma from Emperor’s New Groove. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Foulfellow and Gideon from Pinocchio. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Scar from The Lion King. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Mother Gothel from Tangled. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Lady Tremaine from Cinderella. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Doctor Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


Jafar from Aladdin. Photo courtesy of PIXIV.


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Artist Shows Disney Princesses As Acid Attack Survivors to Raise Awareness

For some people, the idea of an acid attack is far too cruel to even fathom. But for the 1,000 women who are attacked with acid every year in India, this is a very dangerous reality, and that’s exactly what artist Alexsandro Palombo wants to make sure the world realizes.

Acid attacks are a form of assault where the attacker throws acid or any other corrosive substance onto the body of someone else to try to maim and disfigure them. Because death is not a common result of an acid attack, the goal of this attack is lifelong bodily disfigurement. The acid often burns through skin, cartilage and bone. This not only leaves severe scars and disfiguration, it can lead to blindness, deafness, the inability to talk and various mental health issues.

Although acid attacks can happen to anyone, the majority of acid attacks happen to women in Central and South Asia. Worst of all, these inhumane attacks are often a response to a marriage refusal. Imagine being attacked for simply telling a man you’re not interested? Huffington Post points out that the Taliban has even used this form of assault to scare away young girls from the classroom. As much as we all want this to stop, there are no stern laws against acid attacks within the Indian judicial system. This is where artist Alexsandro Palombo wants to see change.

“If we just observe and stand still, then we are all accomplices,” Palombo said. “And [to] be complicit means to take the side of those cowards, monsters and criminals.”

Realizing that many people around the world do not know about (or simply ignore) acid attacks, Palombo wanted to draw attention to and raise awareness for this issue in the most startling way he could think of: He portrayed beloved Disney Princesses as acid attack survivors.

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Be sure to check out more of Alexsandro Palombo‘s work on his Facebook. If you want to see the brave faces of actual acid attack survivors, check out this incredibly inspiring photo shoot.


All photos courtesy of Alexsandro Palombo’s official Facebook page. 




How Disney’s Tsum Tsum Craze is Taking America By Storm

So what’s a Tsum Tsum and why are people so obsessed with them? Maybe it’s their round shape. Maybe it’s their reasonable price tag. Maybe it’s because these plushies come in the form of Disney characters we know and love. Whatever the reason may be, it’s pretty hard not to be obsessed.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, you may be wondering what a Disney Tsum Tsum is and where they came from. In Japanese, “tsum” means to stack. Therefore, “Disney Tsum Tsum” literally translates to “Disney Stack Stack.” Fittingly, these adorable little Tsum Tsum are stacking (sorry) America by storm.

Tsum Tsum originated from a Japanese LINE mobile app. In the game, players must connect the stacked Tsum Tsum together in a Tetris-like way. It’s simple, adorable and addictive. More importantly, the concept was full of merchandising opportunities.

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Since Disney is Disney and Japan is Japan, it’s no wonder that real life Tsum Tsum plushies were first released in Japan in 2013. Proving to be a huge hit, Disney’s Tsum Tsum were soon released in America and have since become the latest craze. During a recent trip to the Disney Store, a Disney Store employee confided in us that her boyfriend had to tell her to stop buying Tsum Tsum in order to stop an oncoming addiction. Who can blame her though? Available in small, medium and large sizes, all the Tsum Tsum are stackable in real life too.

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As of now, Disney is slowly dipping into an infinite pool of gold by licensing characters from their movies into Tsum Tsum plushies. If you are fan of say Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmations or Cinderella, you can get a Tsum Tsum of all your favorite characters. And if you’re wondering/anticipating the inevitable Frozen Tsum Tsum collection, fear not! Frozen Tsum Tsum will be available starting March 3rd on the Disney Store website and at a store near you.


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And let’s face it. No one is able to monetize capitalism more adorably than Disney.



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[Watch] Baymax Asks Audrey Magazine Out For Valentine’s Day


We already have countless reasons to love Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit), but the huggable robot from Disney’s Big Hero 6 recently gave us yet another reason to love him: He became our Valentine.

Audrey Magazine was lucky enough to interview everyone’s favorite personal healthcare companion earlier this month. Although we didn’t get to meet Baymax in person, this satellite interview from San Fransokyo was just as cute.

For all those who have not yet watched the film (and we highly suggest you change that soon), San Fransokyo is the fictional city where Baymax was created by Tadashi, the older brother of the film’s protagonist Hiro Hamada. It is also the home of Big Hero 6, a group of young superheroes including Hiro, Baymax and a group of Hiro’s closest friends.

In our interview, we catch up with Baymax about life in San Fransokyo and even find out what Big Hero 6 has been up to since we last saw them. The best part of this interview? We got ourselves a date for Valentine’s Day!

Be on the look out for our interview with voice actors Daniel Henney and Ryan Potter, as well as our interview with Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams.

If you missed Big Hero 6 in theaters, you’re in luck. The Digital HD/Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is already available. The Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand will be available on February 24, 2015. Bonus features include deleted scenes and even the adorable short which opened for Big Hero 6 in theaters, Feast.

Be on the look out for updates on Big Hero 6‘s social media:

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Beautiful Indian Bridal Wear Inspired by Disney Princesses


The love for Disney Princesses is at an all-time high. Earlier this month, we discovered a campaign by Disney Channel (Asia) which had Southeast Asian celebrities pose as Disney Princesses. That’s not all. We’ve seen artists re-imagine Disney Princesses as different ethnicities and even gender bend the princesses into princes.

Clearly, the Disney Princess hype is far from over. Recently, Indian bridal wear company Wellgroomed Designs found themselves inspired by Disney as well. The result? Wellgroomed created nine stunning Indian bridal looks inspired by Disney Princesses.

“In our quest to do something out of the the ordinary, we thought it be awesome to do a Disney themed bridal shoot,” Wellgroomed explained on their official blog. “After all, many brides grow up idealizing characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jasmine, etc.”

“Our idea was to showcase these characters as Indian brides,” they continued. “We knew it would be a challenge to pull this off but we’re blessed with some very talented and creative people in our industry.”

Check out the breath-taking bridal wear below and tell us your favorite!

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Inspired by Snow White.

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Inspired by Rapunzel.

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Inspired by Ariel.

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Inspired by Cinderella.


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Inspired by Pocahontas.

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Inspired by Aurora.

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Inspired by Jasmine.

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Inspired by Belle.

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Inspired by Mulan.


All photos courtesy of Wellgroomed Designs.
Decor: Universal Decor
Photography: Amrit Photography
Jewelry: Obsession Jewelry
Makeup: Makeup Vibez by Ranjit Heer
Hair: Powder Room Studio | Glam by Sav I Iris Chau
Locations: Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, Surrey | Hycroft Manor, Vancouver
Models: Michelle Senghera, Jasmeen Johal, Carly Pinchin, Rachel Deagon, Alisha Sidhu, Shirin Sharifikhah, Iris Chau, Chanel Brar and Astra Pereira

12 Days of Princess: Southeast Asian Celebs Pose As Disney Princesses


As a woman of Southeast Asian decent who grew up watching Disney movies, I often saw the two worlds clash. In fact, I saw it clash every time I looked in the mirror.

Throughout my childhood, I had difficulty identifying with any of the Disney princesses (the closest I got was Mulan) and it made me question if I was worthy of being a “princess.” As it turns out, many others shared my feelings. More and more artists are now taking an initiative to use their talents to challenge the classic princess image. A couple concepts I’ve seen include re-imagining Disney Princesses as different ethnicities, and even gender bending the princesses into princes.

Well it looks like Disney Channel (Asia) wanted to join the movement. They’ve created their own spin with their new campaign called “12 Days of Princess.”  In collaboration with 12 different Southeast Asian celebrities, Disney Channel (Asia) set out to recreate each artist into an iconic Disney princess. Their list of artists include Filipino actresses Sarah Geronimo and Kim Chiu, as well as Malaysian musicians Daiyan Trisha and Marsha Milan Londoh.

In addition to the campaign, Disney Channel (Asia) hosted a contest for viewers to have a chance to win an exclusive calendar featuring the remixed princesses. Check them out below and tell us which one is your favorite!



Malaysian musician and actress Marsha Milan Londoh as Queen Elsa:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 2.59.07 PM


Filipino actress and singer Sarah Geronimo as Rapunzel:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 2.58.14 PM


Thai singer Gam Wichayanee as Maleficent:
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Indonesian actress and model Sandra Dewi as Cinderella:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 2.49.21 PM


Filipino-Chinese actress Kim Chiu as Mulan:
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Thai International Model Tori Holbrook as Pocahontas:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.18.20 PM


Bandmate from Thailand’s girl group Olive, Oranicha Krinchai, as Ariel:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.18.32 PM


Actress Wawa Maripha from Thailand as Belle:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.18.48 PM


Fellow Olive bandmate from Thailand, Nitcharee Kijviriya, as Jasmine:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.19.03 PM


Thai Model and Actress, Natpassara Adulyamethasiri, as Merida:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.19.22 PM


Malaysian musician Daiyan Trisha as Snow White:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.19.39 PM


We ran into a road bump while looking for Tiana’s model. Some speculate it’s Filipino actress Kathryn Bernardo, and others say that it’s Thai actress Chalida Vijitvongthong.  Neither actress show confirmation that it’s them. Can you help us find out who this mystery lady is? We’d love to hear what you think.

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Artist Reimagines Western Fairy Tales with a Korean Twist


Anna built a snowman and Elsa formed her ice castle in an unnamed Nordic country. But what if the story of Disney’s Frozen took place on the Korean peninsula?

Korean artist and illustrator Na Young Wu, who goes by the handle Obsidian (@obsidian00) on Twitter, recently unveiled a series of illustrations depicting Western fairy tales as if they had taken place in Korea. Elsa’s glittering dress, for example, would look more like a hanbok, like so:


Check out the rest of the artist’s Korean-Western fairy tales series below. You can click on the tweets to view each image separately. The Frog PrinceThe Little Mermaid and Snow White:



Alice in WonderlandLittle Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast:


More Hans Christian Andersen: The Wild Swans and The Snow Queen with Chinese and Japanese influences, respectively.  

You can view more of the artist’s work on her Naver blog. Follow her on Twitter (@00obsidian00).


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“Big Hero 6″’s Hapa Brothers: Daniel Henney and Ryan Potter

“We actually just met last week to promote this movie,” Ryan Potter laughs, gesturing to his neighbor, Daniel Henney. A startling revelation, as Potter and Henney voice a pair of loving, biracial brothers who tell each other just about everything.

Disney’s Big Hero 6, while a superhero cartoon, focuses on much more than just the combat scenes. Whether the young protagonist Hiro Hamada is hanging out with his friends or bantering with his older brother Tadashi, he’s at his happiest when he’s being affirmed and supported by his unconventional family. Family doesn’t always mean two parents and the dog.

“[Big Hero 6 is] about the idea if you utilize the brain of a brilliant child, or children in general, to its full capacity, what they can do, what they can overcome with the right support system,” says Henney, who voices Tadashi.

Tadashi has assumed the role as family protector from the start of the film, when he rescues his little brother Hiro from a few crooked robot fighters. Gently nudging Hiro in the direction of applying for college, Tadashi watches over him lovingly as their parents would and proves that broken families don’t lack love.

“I’m kind of his rock, and I try to guide him the right way when he seems to step off the path a little bit,” Henney says of his character. “Tadashi sees that Hiro isn’t up to his full potential, but by the end of the film, [Hiro] definitely sees his own purpose,” adds Potter.

While Tadashi might not be physically present for the majority of the film, Hiro carries his brother’s influence and his passion for helping people in his mind, and it’s this love for caring that has him committing to fighting crime with the Big Hero 6 by the end of the movie.