Besides singing ‘Aking Hiling,’ the Filipino version of ‘This Wish’ from Disney film Wish, young Zephanie is a Disney Princess in her own right.
What makes a Disney princess? Well, one deep-dive into Zephanie Dimaranan, or Zephanie, will give you the answer. The 20-year old singer and actress isn’t just a Disney princess because she sings the Filipino version of Wish (2023)’s theme song Aking Hiling (which is a stellar feat on its own), but also for a myriad of reasons.
We’ve witnessed the young superstar’s growth since the beginning, from singing on television series to joining and winning singing competitions like Idol Philippines (as the first ever grand winner, BTW!), performing at our live anniversary concert to starring in Sparkle U. Zephanie’s ascent into stardom is truly commendable. With her enchanting vocals and kind disposition, Zephanie constantly proves she’s a wonderful choice to sing a Disney anthem. The people’s princess! Here are a few reasons why Zephanie may as well be a reincarnated Disney Princess.
SINGING AT THE LAUNCH OF DISNEY+ PHILIPPINES
@zephanaticsofc This performance is so magical ✨ Can't get over it! #Zephanie #WhenYouWishUponAStar #Pinocchio #DisneyPlus #DisneyPlusPH #fyp #trending #viral ♬ original sound – Zephanatics Official
The young singer got the chance to perform at the launch of Disney+ in the Philippines, singing When You Wish Upon A Star from 1940 film Pinocchio. With her icy, sparkling dress and angelic voice, Zephanie looked very much like Disney royalty.
ACHIEVING HER DREAMS
Despite the challenges they face, Disney princesses always push forward to achieve their dreams. From Moana’s strong will to Merida’s tenacity, the mark of a Disney princess involves having the courage to turn aspirations into reality. Besides winning Idol Philippines and living out her dream as a musician, Zephanie was also able to graduate in the midst of her hectic, glamorous schedule. She’s giving Mia Thermopolis.
DRESSED TO THE NINES IN PRINCESS-LIKE DRESSES
Zephanie in stunning gowns totally gives princess vibes, whether she’s performing in them or just looking stunning on a red carpet. From a mint bow dress to a sparkling white gown, the young star looks ever-ready to be the belle of the ball.
MORE DISNEY COVERS
We simply can’t get enough of Zephanie’s sweet and melodic voice. From dueting Camp Rock hits with VXON’s Franz to covering Disney classic I See The Light, the 20-year old proves she’s literally the voice of this generation.
SHOWING LOVE TO HER ANIMAL FRIENDS
Happy birthday CopCop my luv 🏼🐾♬ original sound – Zephanie
What’s a Disney princess without her adorable, loving animal friends? Zephanie is a self-proclaimed dog-lover, at one point having seven dogs at home. She’s a caring, loving pet owner, and kindhearted to boot.
SHE’S GENEROUS AND SWEET
Zephanie totally takes popular Cinderella line “have courage and be kind” to heart. In an online interview, AC Bonifacio took the time to shoutout the singer for dropping off watermelon for her while at work. Zephanie’s been hailed as a humble, sweet young girl living her dreams, and it’s delightful to witness her growth.
SINGING AN ACTUAL DISNEY SONG
And finally, in a definitive moment that solidifies Zephanie as a Disney Princess, Disney themselves tapped the artist to sing Aking Hiling, the Filipino version of This Wish from fantasy-musical Wish (2023). Zephanie powerfully sings Aking Hiling with vibrant youthfulness and a whimsy that totally embodies being a Disney princess.