Jessica Sanchez concert up against dozens of Valentine shows


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MANILA, Philippines – Jessica Sanchez is in town for a solo concert on Feb. 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum – a deal that was negotiated in September last year when the American Idol 2012 runner-up first came here to perform with her co-finalists at the same venue.

Her solo show, timed for Valentine’s Day, raises two important questions: Can she fill up the Big Dome, which has a capacity of about 10,000 for concerts? And, more crucially, can she actually hold a full-length performance that normally runs for about an hour and a half?

When she first came here on Sept. 21 last year to perform with the nine other Idol 2012 finalists including grand winner Phillip Phillips, a capacity crowd turned up at the Big Dome. Many in the audience apparently wanted to see her up close in person – a hometown crowd welcoming one of their own, since Jessica, who was born in the United States, has Filipino blood because her mother Editha Bugay’s clan hails from Samal, Bataan.

Jessica proved herself worthy of all the attention in that concert. She was in tiptop shape, her deep, booming vocals shining through in her solo spot numbers. Surely her Filipino fans are excited to watch her again.

Perhaps the only drawback is that her Valentine concert coincides with dozens of other shows that were scheduled specially for that day when couples go out on dates.

The question of whether she has the stamina to withstand the length of a full-length gig is a valid one, because all her past performances in the US had been guest stints, which consisted of two or three songs at the most.

In fact she sang only three songs during the Idols concert at the Big Dome, although she also provided backing vocals in six production numbers.

But then again, she knows how decisive her coming show is, and her handlers are professional enough to require her to rehearse hard – even as the presence of Idol 2012 seventh placer Colton Dixon as guest performer serves as an assurance that it would be an interesting concert.

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  • INQ_reader

    Strike while the iron is hot, i.e. while everyone still thinks Jessica is Filipino which isn’t correct.

    • Alim Labixa

      i don’t see why it is a problem for people like you to accept the fact that her mother is a filipino and that a pinoy blood runs in her vein so everyone thinks that JS she is half filipino half mexican, grew up in the usa and speaks fluent english.

      • INQ_reader

        Isn’t she exploiting the situation? Is she accepted in other countries the way she is accepted here, as a Filipina?

      • Lana Bryne

        Yor comment clearly defines YOU!!! With that being said, I believe that regardless what her ethnicity / nationality is, people who appreciate & know true talent do not share your narrow mindedness & nonsensical views More power to you Jessica!

      • INQ_reader

        That is not how JS is packaged. There are many many more real Filipina who can do what she does. And, they just pass by stores offering free use of karaoke systems.

    • superpilipinas

      Everyone knows she’s half Filipino. Doesn’t make any difference.

      Bruno Mars is half Filipino.

      Having Filipino blood is what makes Filipinos drawn to them. From beginning till now and till they don’t have total blood transfusion…he-he-he.

      • jurbinsky77

        Half Filipinos are abound. Their mothers slept with Japanese, Saudi, Bahraini, Egyptian, Norwegian, south African, black American, black Canadian, Mexican, Australian, etc.

        It is not about being Filipino or about talent. Charice is a Filipino, superior than any of these hybrids and yet you “Filipinos” would hesitantly support her.

      • INQ_reader

        Isn’t she exploiting the situation? Is she accepted in other countries the way she is accepted here, as a Filipina?

    • Marco Paul Anthony

      OMG, WHY OH WHY are you PINOYS soooooooooo INSECURE!!??? Why are you sooooo OBSESSED if Jessica Sanchez has Filipino blood or not?? Arent you embarrassed that the internet is GLOBAL and this is how you present yourself to the world?? Grow up!!

      • dumbestseni

        Hi Marco, go to a Korean store and 
        notice how they play Gangnam video all 
        day for as long as the store is open.
        it is showing in every TV screen in 
        their large supermarket.  They are very 
        proud people!  why? all human beings are 
        proud people by nature. 
        They have lots of different Korean newspapers and 
        magazines with photos of Gangnam as 
        well, at the entrance of the store, but 
        you and I will never attempt to pick up 
        one to read, why?  it is all written in 
        their Korean language with kinda Chinese 
        characters that we won’t understand at 
        all; they can say whatever they want and 
        the world won’t know.
        While in the Philippines, English is our 
        second language. The whole world can 
        listen to what we are saying… This is the real problem.
        This is why Filipinos were branded as racist, noisy, etc.

      • INQ_reader

         Isn’t she exploiting the situation? Is she accepted in other countries the way she is accepted here, as a Filipina?

  • Marco Paul Anthony

    Does she have the stamina to go an hour and a half? Lets see…She did HOW many shows in a row in how many cities with no day off, while simultaneously flying back and forth to studio to record coming off a nonstop AI production flying directly to washington for concert, then to Las Vegas fight, then to NBA finals with how many TV performances in between all that. She had almost NO day off singing for a whole year straight and can she last 1 1/2 hours? LOL

    • LucylovesJay

      She used to sing for hours in YouTube – UStream before AI.. From morning to afternoon without stopping.  People watch, left, came back and she was still singing.  LOL . 

  • dumbestseni

    WELCOME HOME Jessica!!!

    The first Filipino who first set his
    foot to the foreign land many years ago,
    had a big dream and a vision; that by
    helping family back home will help the
    country’s economy.

    Today, there are Millions of Filipinos abroad who have
    followed his footsteps.
    If only he is alive today, he will be
    extremely proud of Filipinos abroad
    (whom he referred to as his
    grandchildren and great grandchildren)
    who are gaining huge success and  recognition on the world-class stage.

    Jessica Sanchez is just one of the many
    products of that one great idea, coupled with his courage and sacrifices

    So please welcome Jessica home with an
    open mind, open arms and loving hearts.



    • night74


  • jurbinsky77

    If you watch Jessica Sanchez, the money will leave the country and fly to the US.

    The Philippines is not the HOME of Jessica Sanchez, don’t be fooled.

    Half Filipinos are abound. Their mothers slept with Japanese, Saudi, Bahraini, Egyptian, Norwegian, south African, black American, black Canadian, Mexican, Australian, etc.

    It is not about being Filipino or about talent. Charice is a Filipino, superior than any of these hybrids and yet you “Filipinos” would hesitantly support her

    • INQ_reader

       Tama ka, kaibigan.

    • dumbestseni

      you guys who are posting very negative comments here about Jessica are actually indirectly destroying Charice’s career.  You have to remember that her Manager made a mistakes with that comments, and it affected Charice ever since. 
      What we were actually expecting for Charice and our celebrities whom we supported when they came abroad, was for them  to welcome Jessica, because it was their chance to give back; as this is a pinay daughter from abroad. bigayan lang diba?  just give and take…ika nga
      But we never know, David Foster might do something cool, so these 2 Pinoy pride can sing together and can do bigger charity works with Apl.  In the end, it is our poor kababayans that we wanted to benefit from their tremendous successFilipinos abroad by default are fans of every celebrities from Philippines, we loved them so much!  to serenade us.  Most of them would come back here few times, and we never get tired of them, i think all those that attempted to come here are really amazing! and they deserved to be seen and heard worldwide.When Charice came to tour North America and came to Toronto, Pilipinos are just crazy about her! Actually about 10,000 Pinoys went to see her but not all can be accepted as the place was already full.  Many Pinoy waited for her from 10:00 AM, but she arrived 4PM, so most of us skipped work.  And you know what?  we Pinoys here would do our best to even persuade people of other nationality to have a look at this exceptionally talented girl and buy her album. why? simply because we are proud of her.

    • dumbestseni

      hi Jurbinsky77,
      what is your problem with Filipinas marrying foreigners?  
      Why don’t you pray for help so you will understand what in the world this is happening!
      The changing faces of Filipinos is happening in every democratic country who opened their door to welcome people from around the world,  Modern society cannot go back to primitive time anymore, we have to move on and educate yourself to accept reality.

  • dumbestseni

    a must read and understand… so we stop 
    questioning Pinoy pride once and for all.  I hope this will open the mind of 
    many of our Kababayan so nobody can bully you ever!

    World Bank: Philippines is the 4th 
    biggest remittance recipient in 2010.

    According to the report:

    1.) India amounted to $55 billion
    2.) China with $51 billion,
    3.) Mexico with $22.6 billion
    4.) Philippines with $21.3 billion.

    Philippines is the smallest nation 
    compared to the first 3 mentioned above.

    To our dear Kababayans, this is the 
    collective accomplishment of Filipinos 
    abroad that you can be proud of. We are 
    here to help our nation’s economy, so we 
    deserved to be recognized as Filipinos 
    no matter what.  

    Ito ang dahilan kung bakit kahit mabiktima kayo ng corruption dyan sa Pinas noon, hinding hindi maba bankrupt ang ating bayan, dahil patuloy ang pagdaloy ng bilyon bilyon na dollars dyan sa atin.  Habang may Pinoy sa abroad, ay safe kayo dyan, hindi nyo mawawala ang inyong bayan.

    Ang mga celebrities dyan sa Pinas, tanungin nyo kung paano namin sila sinusuportahan kapag nagko concert sila dito sa abroad. Ginagawa namin lahat ang aming magagawa, dahil gusto namin umuwi sila na maraming pera.  sila ay pabalik balik dito sa amin para kami haranahin.  
    nagbebenta kami ng ticket nila, nilalagay sa Pilipino newspapers ang balitang darating sila, we telephone and email all  Pinoys that we know para walang hindi makarating.  ganyan kami kasabik sa kanilang pagdating dito. 


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  • Lana Bryne

    Negative posts are clearly no fans & supporters of Jessica. Am not surprised they are clearly possessed by envy & hatred.Can we blame them?!?.Jessica is a world class artist, never falls short of mind blowing amazing. So to you haters, keep hating. For all Jessica fans, let’s enjoy our girl.Can’t wait to see her in concert over here, maybe Vegas

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