One of my favorite Disney movies is Mulan. The film broke barriers and showed that a Disney Princess can be strong, independent, and powerful. It also boasted an awesome soundtrack, spawning my favorite “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.” Another favorite is “Reflection,” a powerful ballad that perfectly captured the film’s narrative. Written and produced by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, “Reflection” holds a special place in the hearts of many Filipinos for decades.
Just as much the 2020 reimagined version of Mulan is set to release in Philippine cinemas in a few weeks, Disney Philippines introduces a new voice to Mulan’s iconic song as it connects to today’s generation of Disney fans. Deemed as the most-streamed Filipina artist, Disney Philippines has collaborated with Moira de la Torre on a localized version of the film’s most endeared song.
Disney held a listening party where they heard Moira sing “Reflection” and watch a special sneak peek into the upcoming music video. I wasn’t able to join because of a conflict of schedule, but I heard great things about Moira’s rendition. This makes me more excited to catch Mulan when it comes out!
When asked how Moira felt when she discovered that Disney is tapping her to sing “Reflection” for fans in the Philippines, the songstress said, “I became very emotional, because ‘Reflection’ is very special to me. It’s the first-ever song I performed in public, and also the first full song that I learned on my own. It basically launched my love for music.”
Moira also shared how the song perfectly reflects how her life has been. “It’s funny how it speaks about self-doubt and questioning who you see on the mirror every day. That’s basically me, but every time I feel that happening now, I feel braver. This song came back at a perfect time in my life, and I could only be happy and grateful.”
To her, being able to give justice to the iconic song would be a great honor, knowing how this can inspire and empower today’s generation of young Filipino girls.
This story is in partnership with The Walt Disney Company. Mulan opens in Philippine cinemas on March 25, 2020. For more information, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow the hashtag #MulanPH to join the conversations online.