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Disney taps Zephanie for 'Aking Hiling'

MANILA, Philippines — Disney is marking its 100th anniversary with the release of animated film "Wish" this November, and it is taking its celebrations worldwide.

The studio tapped Filipino pop singer Zephanie to sing "Aking Hiling," the Filipino rendition of the song "This Wish" from the movie originally performed by Academy Award-winner Ariana DeBose.

"I believe that great things truly come at the right time and season of our lives," Zephanie said in a statement, speechless about how grateful she is for the opportunity. "Nakaka-relate talaga ako sa 'Aking Hiling' as a dreamer who grew up watching Disney movies and shows."

Zephanie added that "too believe in the power of one’s wish is such a strong message that the song puts across, so I hope this will inspire us further to go after our hearts' wishes."

A number of events will be held in anticipation of the release of "Wish" in the Philippines on November 22, beginning with Zephanie's live performance of "Aking Hiling" on November 18 at the Glorietta Activity Center.

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On the same day is the beginning of a nationwide music caravan, and "Aking Hiling" will soon be available on Spotify as well as its official music video.

"Wish" stars DeBose as Asha, a sharp-witted idealist in the kingdom of Rosas whose powerful wish is answered by a Star. Together with the cosmic energy, Asha must confront King Magnifico (voiced by Chris Pine) and prove that wondrous things can happen when one's will connects with the magic of the stars.

Also in the cast with DeBose and Pine are Alan Tudyk, Victor Garber, Natasha Rothwell, Harvey Guillén, Evan Peters, and Ramy Youssef.

The film is directed by veteran animated filmmaker Chris Buck alongside Fawn Veerasunthorn in her directorial debut, with a screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Allison Moore.

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