“It feels really good.” That’s how Lea Salonga describes how it feels having a Dream Big Book about her published; especially since her daughter Nicole is a fan of the series of books.
Dream Big Books are a series of biographies written and illustrated for kids. It’s an imprint of Summit Books, and it sets out to inspire the next generation with stories of how older generations became well-known.
At the launch of her own Dream Big Book, Lea says she herself is a fan of the series too, adding that at today’s “age of instant gratification,” it’s a great idea to inform kids that to make it big, and to stay big, one has to do the work, to prepare, and to put in the time.
But how does one condense thirty five years of life into a short illustrated children’s book? You don’t.
Writer Yvette Fernandez admitted that she just wanted to put in the happily ever after. The rest of the book are things that people already know about Lea, collected in a very pleasing package.
As for what happens after happily-ever-after, Lea says she doesn’t see a sequel to the book coming out ever. “‘Wag na!” She laughs, saying that if people wanted to find out what happened (and continues to happen) to her after getting married and having a kid, “it’s easy enough to find out with all the search engines.”
Lea continues that the team just wanted the book to be cute–“for kids to relate to.”
Is that why the book is called Princess Lea?
“I’m a princess only in the make-believe world,” Lea says. The title, she and writer Yvette Fernandez explains, is a nod to their generation–and one of the movies they really enjoy. Lea adds, “I think the nerds of the world will appreciate the title.”
The book launch for Princess Lea was hosted by Issa Litton, with opening remarks from Lisa Gokongwei-Chen, and a reading by Lea’s daughter, Nicole Chen.
Summit Books also provided us with the following press release;
Long before she was Kim in Miss Saigon, the singing voice of Disney’s Princesses Jasmine and Mulan, and a well-loved judge on The Voice of the Philippines, Maria Lea Carmen Salonga was just a little girl from Manila who dared to dream big.
Dream Big Books proudly launched Princess Lea last November 17, 2013 at the National Book Store Glorietta 1. Princess Lea is a children’s book which shared how Lea Salonga followed her heart to become the greatly admired and highly respected singer and actress she is today.
Written by Yvette Fernandez and illustrated by Nicole Lim, Princess Lea narrates how Lea went from a six-year-old who landed a part in a local production of The King and I to an internationally renowned performer who has starred as Kim in Miss Saigon, Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables, and Mei-Lin in Flower Drum Song; won honors from the US’ Tony Awards and the UK’s Laurence Oliver Awards; and sung for six Philippine presidents, three American presidents, and the Queen of England.
To encourage aspiring young entertainers to reach for their dreams, Princess Lea also lets readers in on common terms in the performing industry and imparts the lessons Lea has learned throughout her journey to becoming a singing superstar.
Dream Big Books is an imprint of Summit Books that inspires children to make a positive change in the world by sharing the life stories of Filipino role models. Among the books in Dream Big Books’ roster are Big John, the riches-to-rags-to-riches tale of John Gokongwei, Jr.; Nanay Coring, the success story of National Book Store owner Socorro Ramos; Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy, which tells of the deep love for nation of the Aquino family; and Simply Jesse, which recounts the life of former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Princess Lea is available in bookstores nationwide for only P125. For more on Dream Big Books, visit Summit Books online at http://www.summitmedia.com.ph/books and like on Facebook via http://www.facebook.com/summitbooks
Lea Salonga is marking her 35th year in show business via Playlist, her much awaited comeback to the Philippine concert scene, which will be held on December 6 (Friday) and December 7 (Saturday), 8 in the evening, at the PICC Plenary Hall.
For photos from the book launch, check out the newly made Facebook fan page for Taking a Break!