Figure skater Sofia Guidote has been chosen to represent the Philippines in Disney Channel Southeast Asia’s Dream Big, Princess.
The 14-year-old Guidote is among the four talented girls featured in the show possessing the qualities of Disney Princess.
“Disney Channel is the home of our beloved Disney Princess movies and television series, and these timeless stories of adventure, courage and kindness teach girls that true beauty comes from within,” said Natasha Malhotra, general manager for Branded Media and Content of The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.
“We hope Sofia Guidote, just like Rapunzel, her favorite Disney Princess, will inspire and empower a new generation of girls to pursue their heartfelt dreams,” added Malhotra.
Guidote’s inspirational video will be aired on Disney Channel starting June 1.
Guidote as a figure skater has won more than 15 medals to date.
She was the first Filipino skater to win a bronze medal (Novice A category) in the International Skating Union (ISU) Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013.
She also ranked fourth out of the 21 competitors at the 2015 ISU Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy, the highest for a female competitor from Southeast Asia.
“Never ever give up because there will be lots of up’s and down’s. Prepare yourself to make a lot of sacrifices, to give up what you really love for you to be able to achieve your dream,” Guidote of Mandaluyong City told reporters on Tuesday.
“You also have to be determined and disciplined on how you organize yourself like time, school and sports. Because of my training schedule and competition, I decided to gave up the normal school,” added Guidote, who’s finishing her studies via home schooling so she can have more time for her sport.
“I also don’t really get to hang out with my friends as often before,” she said on the things she needed to give up in order to fulfill her dreams that is to represent the country in the Winter Olympics.
Besides Guidote, the series will also feature the 16-year old YouTube singer and actress Jannine Weigel of Thailand, the13-year old water ski champion Aaliyah Hanifah of Malaysia and the 14-year old Indonesian Junior Master Chef winner Syifa Hasan.