Walt Disney Studios Southeast Asia has chosen fast-rising star Janella Salvador to sing and appear in the music video of “How Far I’ll Go,” the lead song from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th animated feature Moana.
The music video of Salvador’s cover version was launched simultaneously on Disney Channel and Disney Philippines’s social media accounts on Friday.
“How Far I’ll Go” is one of seven original songs from the Moana soundtrack and is written by the Tony Award-winning Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The inspirational song boasts a soaring chorus and lyrics that echo the film’s plot of a young woman who leaves her South Pacific island to restore her people’s ancient role as master voyagers.
The Philippines localized music video aims to deliver the inspirational and positive message of Moana, which is to have courage, determination and compassion, while keeping a sense of adventure and a never-say-die attitude.
This local adaptation is in line with the studio’s approach to dream, create and celebrate the most magical stories and adventures, each woven around a relatable, empowered local idol who delights everyone and especially inspires girls to realize their full potential.
Salvador is one of five singers from Southeast Asia, namely Maudy Ayunda from Indonesia, Ayda Jebat from Malaysia, Myra Molloy from Thailand and Minh Nhu from Vietnam, who were selected to cover the song in each of their local languages.