Janella Salvador reveals she was moved to tears when she learned that she was chosen as the theme song interpreter for Hong Kong Disneyland.
The ABS-CBN teen star says she was initially shocked when Star Music executives told her that she would perform “Happily Ever After,” the song for the theme park's 10th anniversary celebration.
Janella tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media at the launch of her debut album last December 4, “Actually, ganito yun. We were in a meeting. Then suddenly, they [Star Music executives] told me, ‘Janella was chosen, ha. She’s gonna sing the theme song of the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland.’
"Yung mom ko [Jenine Desiderio], kasama ko pa siya noon. Natawa ako kasi naiyak talaga yung mom ko and ako mismo, I was so overwhelmed kasi it’s such an experience.”
The song will be included in the limited extended edition of Janella's self-titled album to be released this December.
The 17-year-old singer-actress also shot the "Happily Ever After" music video in Hong Kong Disneyland.
The experience reminded Janella of her first visit to Hong Kong Disneyland, where she celebrated her seventh birthday.
She says, “It’s such an honor and to be able to shoot pa mismo in Hong Kong Disneyland. I can’t believe I was chosen. I can’t believe it was me.
“It’s just so magical! Bumalik sa akin yung feeling when I went back to Hong Kong Disneyland na parang bata ako ulit.
“I hope the music video made you want to go back to Hong Kong Disneyland because it was such an experience. It was...sulit yung pagod. It was really fun, promise.
"I was in Disneyland for five days. As in paikot-ikot ako. Nagbabad ako. It was tiring but it was really worth it. Sobrang fun siya.”
The lead star of Haunted Mansion adds that she was glad to meet Filipinos working in Hong Kong Disneyland when she performed the song live there.
Janella recalls, “The launch in Disneyland was in the Disneyland Resort, sa hotel where it was actually a Filipino Christmas party.
“So lahat ng Filipinos na nagwo-work doon, nakita ko. Tapos, nakasama ko sila. Tapos, nakakaiyak pa kasi most of them hindi pa nila nakikita yung family nila for how many years.
“It was such a happy moment na parang all the Filipinos there were gathered tapos na-launch ko pa yung song ko for Disneyland sa harapan nila.”
Here's the video of Janella's performance at Hong Kong Disneyland:
OPM POP SWEETHEART. Janella was dubbed as the newest OPM Pop Sweetheart when she released her first self-titled album for Star Music last July.
The ASAP 20 It Girl is grateful for the recognition she's getting.
She told the press, “I always say, it all comes just so fast. I can’t...parang minsan hindi ko ma-absorb na I’ve achieved this already – yung may album.
Photo by: Noel Orsal
“I don’t know what I did. Hindi ko alam anong ginawa ko para ma-deserve ito, but all I know is talagang in-enjoy ko lang lahat.
“It’s such an honor to be called the OPM Pop Sweetheart kasi hindi lahat nabibigyan ng title. It’s different talaga. It’s overwhelming.
“Since I was a kid kasi, I’ve always sung talaga. Like my life, it revolves around music so yung fact na nabigyan ako ng album, this is my first album, it’s really a big thing for me.
“Tapos nakuha ko siya like this year. Hindi ko siya in-expect. Siguro next year, next next year pa and hindi ko pa in-expect na talagang magka-ka-album ako. So it’s really a dream come true. Parang Disneyland lang!”
Her new album also gave the teen actress-singer the opportunity to work with her mom, a Miss Saigon alumna. Jenine also acted as Janella’s vocal coach.
“Like as usual naman kasi, since I was a kid, siya talaga yung tumutulong sa 'kin how to enhance my voice, mga techniques.
“Pero she gives me the freedom rin to do my own thing. So okay lang naman to work with my mom sa music.”
LOVE CAN WAIT. Janella’s original songs revolve around one topic: Love can wait.
It's the recurring theme of Janella's singles, “Ganyan Talaga” (composed by Jamie Rivera), “Teka Muna Pag-ibig,” “Harana Na Na Na,” “Tick Tock Love,” and “Mahal Kita Pero,” which she performed for Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014.
How were the songs for the album chosen?
Janella explains, “Actually, may theme nga siya. Parang love can wait. Parang love for my age.
“It was actually composed by different people and two of them, 'Mahal Kita Pero' and 'Teka Muna Pag-ibig,' composed siya by Bobbie [Mabilog].
“And then I chose some of the other composers like sila Sir Jungee [Marcelo].
"They were actually asking me to write a song pero hindi ko pa magawa. So hopefully next time.”
Janella also did revivals of Donna Cruz's hits “I Can” and “Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso.” Both were used in Janella's defunct TV series Oh My G, and “Dear Heart.”
Has Sharon Cuneta heard Janella's version of "Dear Heart," that the Megastar first popularized?
Janella answered, "I haven’t heard from her pero I was so happy noong sinabi sa akin na ire-revive ko yung 'Dear Heart' because they’ve been telling me about Sharon, her movies.
“Super duper gusto ko yung aura niya and yung vibe niya. Sana she liked my revival pero nothing beats the original.”
The teen singer was ecstatic when a representative of Star Music told her that Sharon liked her version of "Dear Heart."
“She liked it daw!” Janella exclaimed.
She also added that she wants to work with Donna, who is making a comeback in the recording scene.
The 17-year-old singer wants to be known for her own style, even if she's into revivals.
“When I sing kasi, iniisip ko lang yung feeling, yung thoughts ko.
“I’m just being myself. Ayoko mag-copy ng ibang voice.”
Janella's new album contains the songs "Harana Na Na Na," "Tick Tock Love," "Ganyan Talaga," "Dear Heart," "Teka Muna Pag-ibig," "Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso," "I Can," and "Mahal Kita Pero."
Janella sings "Kapag Tumibok ang Puso" with Marlo Mortel in the bonus track.
The album also contains minus one versions of the songs.