Despite the fact that Disney+ has yet to roll out in the Philippines, fans have taken matters into their own hands as they watched Encanto, Disney’s latest offering—and have quickly drawn similarities between the character Luisa Madrigal and Olympic weightlifting champ Hidilyn Diaz. And really, what’s not to love? With magic, music, and the love of family, it sounds like about every other teleserye we love.
A bit of context without spoiling anything: Luisa Madrigal is one of the sisters from the magical Madrigal family, who has been imbued with super strength.
Naturally, fans just had to draw comparisons, which was not lost on Diaz—and we gotta admit, the resemblance is uncanny.
Diaz posted an Instagram story where she channeled the super-strong Disney character, saying, “Trinatry ko maging Luisa Madrigal kasi sabi niyo ako ‘yun, kaso waley ’di pasok makeup, hair, and outfit ko (I tried to be Luisa Madrigal because you all said I was her, but nah, my makeup, hair, and outfit don’t match),” the gold medalist wrote.
Still, fans loved the resemblance—and immediately planned a dream cast for a live-action version featuring other Filipino influencers such as Ayn Bernos, who also cosplayed as the character Isabela Madrigal, and TikTok star Nana Silayro.
It’s as they say—Encanto, but make it Pinoy.