Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Team YEY's Santino Juan Santiago Shines as Young Simba in "The Lion King" Music Abroad

One of "Team YeY's" members, Santino Juan Santiago, recently took the spotlight in the international theatre scene as he became one of the cast members in the recently-concluded run of the theatrical adaptation of Disney's animated hit "The Lion King" as Young Simba.

Santino was one of the two young Filipino talents featured in the ensemble of "The Lion King" as it performed for the first time in New Zealand at the Spark Arena in Auckland until July 18.

Aside from his portrayal as the younger version of Simba in "The Lion King," he was also known in the local theatre scene in productions such as "Rizal Behind Bars" and "Noli Me Tangere the Opera," and was recently nominated as Best Child Performer during the 2019 Aliw Awards.

Apart from Santino, more "Team YeY" kids previously showcased their acting talents on the theatre stage for "The Lion King," including Marcus Cabais and Omar Uddin, also starring as Young Simba.

Omar portrayed the role of Young Simba during its Manila run in 2018, while Marcus played the same character in various places abroad, including Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Kids continue to enjoy Santino, Marcus, and Omar's talent as they can be seen on YeY's award-winning kids-oriented show "Team YeY," with all of the show's episodes from seasons 1 to 5 now streaming on its official YouTube channel at

For more exciting content, promos and updates on its shows, parents and children can follow YeY on Facebook (, Instagram (@yeychannel), TikTok (, and YouTube accounts. Kids can also catch YeY shows on ABS-CBN Entertainment's Just Love Kids website at

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