- Originated the role of Kim in the 1989 West End production of Miss Saigon; she later transferred with the show to Broadway in 1991.
- Named as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1991.
- Provided the singing voices for Princess Jasmine from Aladdin (1992) and Fa Mulan from Mulan (1998), and later reprised the role in other Disney productions.
- Became the first Asian actress to play the role of Éponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway in 1993.
- Was the first Filipino artist to be signed to an international record label with Atlantic Records in 1993.
- Was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2010.
- Was named a Disney Legend in 2011.