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Friday, August 19, 2011
Lea Salonga is a Disney Legend Awardee
Ditas Macrine Katague with Lea Salonga, Philippine Embassy Dinner at the Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC in 1999
The following news item was posted on pinoypower.net on August 15, 2011. As one of Lea's fans, I am proud to re post this in my blog for all my Filipino-American readers to rejoice and congratulate Lea on her latest achievement.
"Our very own Lea Salonga will be honored as one of this year’s 12 Disney legends for her contribution to Walt Disney.
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Broadway actress who provided her singing voice for two Disney Princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin (1992) and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998)/Mulan II (2004) will be honored alongside with other actresses who lent their voices for Disney Princesses including Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin), and Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog), Muppets creator Jim Henson, TV host Regis Philbin, Guy Williams, who played the title role in the Walt Disney Zorro series; Jack and Bonita Wrather, Disneyland Hotel creators; Ray Watson, who helped in the opening of Epcot; and Barton Boyd, Chairman of Disney Consumer Products.
Lea and the rest of this year’s honorees will receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture and will participate in a hand print ceremony to be hosted by Tom Bergeron (Dancing With The Stars fame) on August 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
Their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at Walt Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California.
“From giving voice to some of our most iconic and beloved Disney princesses to bringing a smile to millions of television viewers every morning for two decades, we are proud to present these 12 men and women with our highest, most coveted honor, The Disney Legends Award.
“Our newest honorees now join this unique and prestigious circle, which recognizes those whose incredible talents and outstanding contributions have had a lasting, meaningful impact on Disney’s great legacy.” Disney President and CEO Bob Iger said about this year’s honorees".
Note: Macrine, Ditas (my youngest daughter) and I had the privilege of meeting Lea in person in a reception dinner sponsored by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC in 1999. The photo above shows my youngest daughter, Ditas saying hello and posing with Lea during a dinner reception at the Marriott Hotel sponsored by the Philippine Embassy.