WATCH: Disney Legend Lea Salonga reads Princess Jasmine’s tale for Storytime

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World-renowned Filipino singer Lea Salonga reads a story about Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine for whom she lent her voice, singing, “A Whole New World”. Screengrab from Storytime video.

Disney Legend Lea Salonga joined the studio’s “Storytime” series reading aloud a 5-minute tale on Princess Jasmine from Aladdin.

Disney social media introduced Lea Salonga’s episode on April 25, 2020, saying, “Every page a surprise. You’ll treasure this Jasmine tale from ‘5 Minute Princess Stories’ as read by Lea Salonga.”

Lea Salonga started her Disney Storytime by introducing herself as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in the award-winning hit song, “A Whole New World” written and composed by Alan Menken and Tim Rice which won Best Original Song at the 65th Annual Academy Awards.

Salonga then read “A Proper Princess”, bringing Jasmine’s story to life.

Viewers on YouTube praised Salonga’s voice and cadence, which they described as beautiful as her singing voice.

The Broadway Royalty from the Philippines is noted for lending her singing voice to two Disney characters, Jasmine, and Fa Mulan singing “Reflection”.

“Singing voice of the two Disney Princess that are everyone’s favorite. Beautiful and clear voice” remarked Martha Isabel Escabillas.

Kendrick Harris- Kenfinity cheered, “It’s great to go to a ‘whole new world’ with our talented singer!”

The Filipino Pride Icon had Ramon Evangelista saying, “That’s a wonderful story and great to see a Philippine representative for Disney!”

Disney’s Storytime is an online series where celebrities read children’s stories aloud on social media – on YouTube and Facebook. Another celebrity who had previously joined the series is Auli’i Cravalho, who played Moana.

Lea Salonga sang “A Whole New World” with Brad Kane on the original Aladdin. Screengrab from 65th Annual Academy Awards.

Lea Salonga had also showcased her talent on the recent “Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration,” a tribute to musical composer Stephen Sondheim on his 90th birthday.

Salonga also participated in the online mission of Bayanihan Musikahan and raised 2 million pesos for Filipino frontliners of the pandemic, as well as the vulnerable urban poor.

The singer-actress also starred in the Filipino-made multi-awarded film, “Yellow Rose,” with fellow Filipino and Miss Saigon star Eva Noblezada.

WATCH Disney Storytime here and SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Lea Salonga for being a source of Filipino pride!

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