Born in the Philippines, John and his family immigrated to the US when he was a kid. He grew up in San Diego, California but his visits back home inspired the Pinoy visual flourishes he added to Raya.
Is Raya a Filipino Disney princess?
Not exactly a Filipino Disney Princess, Raya of Kumandra
Recently, Disney’s new Princess Raya made rounds she is a Filipina princess. The assumption was that Raya, her sword, the Maguindanao Kris, and Salakot, are culturally Pinoy, but not exactly. Raya could well be an Indonesian or Vietnamese princess.
Is Raya based on a legend?
Raya Isn’t Based On A Legend — But It’s Inspired By Real Women. … But, as co-screenwriter Adele Lim, who is Malaysian, told IGN, Raya is symbolic of the Southeast Asian women she grew up with.
Is Moana Filipino?
So it all works out in the end: Moana is not from Hawaii, and neither is she from New Zealand. She has to come from Tonga or Samoa, the two first archipelagoes where the Polynesian People was born. … In this period, the Polynesian culture, language and even physical appearance were established.