By Cessa Gatmaytan
Images by Camille Ante
It was like a fairy tale dream coming true, to be close to a royal princess and not just imagine how she’s like in books or films. Last Dec 10, a royal encounter with Disney’s princess Belle from the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast happened at SM Megamall. Kids wearing their adorable princess outfits and tiaras curtsied in front of her, talked to her, and took photos with her. Even adults and kids-at-heart joined the event.
Disney turned the classic story—French fairy tale of the same title by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont—to a well-loved whimsical movie, which continues to inspire kids today. It was about a girl named Belle, daughter of an inventor living in a little provincial town. She’s a girl who craves for the adventures that she reads in various books. She loves reading so much. One day, her father was imprisoned in an enchanted old castle owned by a cold-hearted beast. Having too much love for her dad, Belle sacrificed her own freedom in exchange of her father’s. As time passed she learned to love the beast despite of his scary and ugly appearance. In the end, Belle’s love for the beast unknowingly broke the curse made by an enchantress and turned the Beast into his original state, a charming prince, and they lived happily ever after.
Although Belle is only a made-up character, she has a deeper purpose and value that storytellers like to instill to children. She was an image of beauty inside-out, despite being a commoner who was despised by her town for being a daughter of a “lunatic,” her heart wasn’t hardened by the talks around her, and instead she returned them with kindness and generosity. She even loved someone who was impossible to love as she learned the hidden mystery of the Beast, someone who had deeper sorrows. This shows how through the power of love and kindness, one can ultimately change another person’s life. In the film, it can melt a frozen heart and bring a person’s life back.
This timeless tale continues to spread its message to kids around the world. Belle’s Royal event at SM was filled with fun games and a corner display of Toy Kingdom’s Disney Princess toy collection making it enticing, memorable, and magical. The Beauty and Beast cast and crew also had a royal reception at SM Lanang Davao.