Jessica Sanchez returns to do more than sing

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Jessica Sanchez takes full top-billing in her first solo concert in the Philippines on Feb. 14, 2013, with fellow American Idol finalist Colton Dixon as special guest. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—To help drum up her big date with Manila fans on Feb. 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, “American Idol” Fil-Am sensation Jessica Sanchez met with the entertainment press Monday afternoon. But she did not sing for them.

Sanchez arrived in Manila on Sunday for a series of activities culminating in the Valentine’s concert. She spent only 45 minutes at the press con to answer a few questions and announce that she planned to do a lot more than just sing on this second visit to the country.

The young belter (she’s 17) finished first runner-up last year in the 11th edition of the most popular US reality talent search, “American Idol.”

Sanchez said she had come from a “most meaningful” activity. “This morning, I was with the children at Epifanio de los Santos Elementary School in Singalong for the Read to be Smart program.” She participated in a storytelling session, she added, to help the program’s goal of developing a love of reading among schoolchildren.

As giant telecoms firm Smart’s newest youth ambassador, Sanchez appeared in the music video “Jump In” with Fil-Am rapper and Black Eyed Peas member apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda), a fellow youth ambassador. The video has scored nearly a million views on YouTube.

Her message to kids her age: “Live life and have fun, have no worries and just go for what you want.”

Among Sanchez’s interesting revelations on Monday was that she was bullied “a lot” in school. Now she is home-schooled, also owing to her hectic schedule since winning “Idol.” She is still in high school but would like very much to finish college, she said.

Miss Saigon, Glee

Talk that she auditioned for the movie version of “Miss Saigon” were just rumors, she said, “but flattering.” What is true is that she will appear in the musical TV series “Glee.”

She has an album coming up that would feature “youthful” tracks, she added. She delighted the press when she declared that sinigang was her favorite dish.

Later this week, Sanchez is set to join the “Smart Jump In” school tour at the University of Santo Tomas, and will squeeze in an appearance at the 2013 UP Fair in Diliman, Quezon City.

Born Aug. 4, 1995, this teener with the powerhouse vocals of an adult, took last year’s “American Idol” by storm and faced off with eventual winner Phillip Phillips (22 at the time) in a rousing finale that saw over 132 million viewers casting their votes.

Sanchez is the daughter of Mexican-American US Navy veteran Gilbert Sanchez and Editha Bugay of Samal, Bataan.

Her Big Dome concert will be her second in the Philippines. She was here in September last year as a touring member of the “Idol” top 12 finalists. This time around, she takes full top-billing, with fellow finalist Colton Dixon as special guest.

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  • Echuserang_Froglet

    pppppppppppwwwwwwwwwwwwweeehhhhhhh kadiri eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwww

    • shane oy

      para namang di  pa alam ng lahat nanglibre ka pa nga ng tickets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705442272 Olsson Grin

    In many way the United States restricts our young adults from attain professional greatness because of a youthful age. I congratulate the Philippines on recognizing this young woman’s talents and allowing her to express herself and project her ambitions to the world from here. Congratulations Jessica – from one American to another – on coming to the Philippines and going forward in your dreams. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6X2T5ARNFGWTG4JW2MPRTOKIE alexjasonrob22

      really sir? we can’t deny that jessica sanchez is great in her craft, also watch katrina velarde’s songs sir.. she’s indeed as amazing as jessica sanchez!!! 

  • http://twitter.com/xelamikila Rey Monasterial

    I like Julie Ann San Jose among our young singers.  Jessica Sanchez? Hmmmm…. not my type.  Gusto ko kasi ng magagandang singer eh… :p

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6X2T5ARNFGWTG4JW2MPRTOKIE alexjasonrob22

      yes julie ann is also good but not in the league of jessica sanchez and katrina velarde.. they have a wide-range belting and growling ability!! just my thought..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6X2T5ARNFGWTG4JW2MPRTOKIE alexjasonrob22

    jessica sanchez is an amazing vocalist! just like katrina velarde of AKA JAM!!! stop judging her physical appearance.. her vioice is very unique! very powerful and soulful!!! let’s support these two ladies!!!! they have the greatest talent in their generation!!!

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