Malacanang extends all-out support for Jessica Sanchez to ensure her victory in American Idol show

May 18, 2012 9:49 pm 

MANILA, May 18 — Malacanang expressed all-out support to Filipino-American-Mexican singer Jessica Sanchez, who is vying for the top spot of American Idol, as it underscored the innate talent and excellence of Filipinos in any field of discipline.

During the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Friday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte called on the Filipino people to continuously support the Philippines’ bet and ensure her victory in the popular singing contest in the United States.

“Please show your support in any way possible for Jessica Sanchez. This is the last stretch and we know that when Filipinos gather and put their minds into it, it will happen,” Valte said.

“As she moves on to the final stage of the competition we stand in solidarity with Jessica Sanchez as she shows the world what Filipinos are capable of,” she said.

In a separate statement from the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, Valte acknowledged the significant effects of Sanchez’s success in the contest.

“Due to popular demand on Jessica Sanchez’s moving on to the top 2 of American Idol, excellence knows no boundaries, the power of music uplifts us all, the entire Filipino people have united in admiration and enthusiasm over the performances of Jessica Sanchez in American Idol,” the statement read.

“Her perseverance and passion have inspired and surprised not just America but the whole world with a voice that is as powerful as it is stirring. Jessica inspires us to pursue excellence in everything we do no matter how big or small the stage maybe,” it said.

The crowd favorite Sanchez was named in the top two on Season 11 of the American Idol show Thursday evening (Friday morning, Manila time). She will be pitted against Phillip Phillips, the other finalist in the final round of the contest next week.

Sanchez's top 2 achievement is the highest attained by a contestant with Filipino heritage on the show.

Filipino-American Jasmine Trias made it to the top three of AI's Season 3, while Ramiele Malubay, another Fil-Am, placed ninth in Season 7.

Thia Megia, another Filipino-American, meanwhile, finished in the top 11 of last year's competition.

Sanchez, who hails from Chula Vista, San Diego, California was born to a Filipina mother, Editha Bugay from Bataan, while her father is Gilbert Sanchez, a Mexican. (PNA) dct/RMA/PCOO/ssc

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