Filipino talents are front and center in 'Firebuds,' a Disney Junior series about heroic first responders.
Lou Diamond Phillips voices Chief Bill Bayani, while another Fil-Am actor, JB Tadena, plays retired fireman and the family's patriarch, Lolo Ben.
The series also stars Declan Whaley, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jecobi Swain and many other talented actors.
One of its main cast members is Vivian Vencer who voices Violet.
"It feels really great. I've never seen a Filipino American character in television before, especially like animation. And so it's really amazing to be able to represent my culture and my family. I've seen a lot of other Asian American characters before but never anyone that's actually Filipino," Vencer said.
"So it's just really great because I'm giving little girls and little boys like someone to kind of look up to and relate to on television, which is really important to me."
Vencer is the daughter of Fil-Am actress Liza Del Mundo who starred as the former Philippine first lady in the East West Players stage musical 'Imelda'.
'Firebuds' creator and executive producer Craig Gerber shared why he thought of making the show with many Filipino influences.
He said, "I grew up in Los Angeles. I spent most of my life in Southern California, and one of the things I noticed was what a huge and rich Filipino community there is here and in fact, the second largest metropolitan community for Filipinos outside of the Philippines. So I felt like there wasn't enough presence in the media of Filipino culture, and so that was really what motivated me to make Filipino characters the center of 'Firebuds'."
Behind-the-scenes Filipino talents include writer Krystal Banzon. Filipino traditions and food are also incorporated in the show and will be shown more in upcoming episodes.
'Firebuds' can be seen on Disney Junior, Disney Channel, and Disney+.