Disney Channel picks Filipina ice skater for ‘Dream Big, Princess’ campaign

Disney Channel picks Filipina ice skater for ‘Dream Big, Princess’ campaign

MANILA — Disney Channel Southeast Asia has chosen a 14-year-old Filipina ice skater as one of the ambassadors for Disney’s “Dream Big, Princess” campaign — a global movement that encourages girls to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams with courage, compassion and determination.

Starting June 1, figure skater Sofia Guidote will be seen in an on-air feature on Disney Channel. Here, she shares her story highlighting passion and perseverance, and how her favorite Disney princess, Rapunzel, inspired her to dream big.

“Dream Big, Princess” campaign also highlights the aspirational qualities of every Disney princess as the campaign aims to connect them with the girls of this generation.

As the home of Disney princess movies and television series, Disney Channel hopes that these stories of adventure, courage and kindness will teach girls that true beauty comes from within.

“We hope that Sofia, just like Rapunzel (from the movie, Tangled), will inspire and empower a new generation of girls to pursue their heartfelt dreams,” said Natasha Malhotra, Branded Media and Content, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia general manager.

Guidote, who started skating at the age of five, has won more than 15 medals to date. These include medals from the 2012 Asian Regional Junior Figure Skating Challenge in Hong Kong, the 2013 International Skating Union (ISU) Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy in Bangkok, Thailand, the 2014 South East Asian Trophy in Bangkok, and the 2015 ISU Open Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy.

She dreams to participate in the Olympics as the first Filipina competitor.

In an interview with reporters, Guidote said she’s like Rapunzel in terms of being courageous and passionate.

She also admitted that there were lots of times when she thought of giving up.

“But each time I feel that way, I talk to my parents, and then they remind me why I’m doing it (skating),” she said.

For other young girls, the young “Dream Big, Princess” ambassador wants to tell them, “Never ever give up.”

“Prepare to make sacrifices. Be very disciplined,” she continues.

Meanwhile, three other girls from Southeast Asia will be featured on Disney Channel to showcase their talents, and how Disney princesses have inspired them to dream big.

They are Jannine Weigel, 16-year-old YouTube singer/actress from Thailand; Aaliyah Hanifa, 13-year-old water ski champion from Malaysia; and Syifa Hasan; 14-year- old Indonesia Junior MasterChef from Indonesia.

“Create a Dream” contest

To further inspire Southeast Asian girls to dream big, Disney Channel will launch the “Create a Dream” contest, taking inspirations from Disney princesses.

From June 1-30, kids can log on to www.dreambigprincess.asia and create a “Dream Meme” — a creative expression of their biggest aspirations using Disney princess-inspired images, fonts and icons.

These “Dream Memes” will be curated in the online Dream Wall.

The most creative and inspirational meme will win a “magical holiday” in Germany for a family of four as the grand prize. This will include guided tours and a stay in a fairy tale castle.

Each week, other creative and inspirational memes will win a complete collection of Disney Princess dolls by Hasbro. Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA/northboundasia.com