In the bag: Jessica Sanchez in 5-city Philippine tour


04:47 PM June 19th, 2012

By: Pocholo Concepcion, June 19th, 2012 04:47 PM

JESSICA SANCHEZ on a 5-city tour in the Philippines. Contributed Photo

MANILA, Philippines—Good timing and persistence have made it possible for a local concert promoter to sign up “American Idol” season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez to perform as a solo act in the Philippines — not just for one night, but in a series of shows in five cities.

A source on Tuesday told the Inquirer that new FM station Radio High 105.9 will bring in the petite 16-year-old Filipino-American singing sensation for a solo concert tour in October in Manila, Bataan (her mother’s hometown), Baguio, Cebu and Davao.

An additional show to be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila is being negotiated, the source said.

Sanchez’s Philippine tour comes after her scheduled appearance on a separate concert featuring 11 Idol finalists on Sept. 21 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Last week the Inquirer reported that there will be no solo Manila concert for Jessica anytime soon, after a protracted bidding jacked up the offered amount for the artist.

It turned out that new negotiations were initiated by Radio High, whose chair and CEO is Francis Lumen, a veteran concert promoter.

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