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Jessica Sanchez gets thumbs up for ‘Lupang Hinirang’ rendition

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Entertainer Jessica Sanchez sings the Philippine national anthem before the WBO welterweight title boxing fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. AP

It was not yet the Pacquiao-Bradley fight but the crowd already exploded into jubilation as Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez, who wowed voters of American Idol season 11 for her vocal prowess despite her young age, belted out the Philippine national anthem, “Lupang Hinirang,” in high pitch.

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Jessica Sanchez headlines Eastwood City New Year Countdown 2014

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Jessica Sanchez. FILE PHOTO

Like what the “American Idol” judges always say, the real competition starts outside the show. And more than a year since she finished runner-up, Jessica Sanchez is starting to get a feel of what it’s like to be in the actual music scene—and it’s most definitely not “a walk in the park.”

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‘Lola Basyang’

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Star City visitors will get free admission to the colorful ballet “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang,” which returns to the Aliw Theater stage, whether they purchase entrance-only (P65), or Ride-All-You-Can tickets (P420).

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Jessica Sanchez proud to be Filipino and happy to help

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Jessica Sanchez. FILE PHOTO

The first time she visited the country late last year, American singer Jessica Sanchez, though very charming, was also rather reserved—more so when facing the press. And despite her being of Filipino and Mexican descent, the “American Idol” runner-up admitted that she didn’t know much about the Philippines; that her Tagalog was limited.

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Jessica Sanchez strives to make Filipinos proud

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Jessica Sanchez did not grow up in the Philippines and she has yet to speak fluently in Filipino but slowly, through her work as a singer, she has been learning more about the country and acquainting herself with the culture.

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New Jessica Sanchez song to benefit ‘Yolanda’ victims

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Jessica Sanchez Photo by Kristine Angeli Sabillo

Jessica Sanchez on Monday showed her support for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” with the launch of her new song “Lead Me Home.”

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Jessica Sanchez hopes to see Boracay, Palawan, Bataan next time she visits, maybe in June

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JESSICA Sanchez attends FOX’s “American Idol” Season 12 premiere. photo: Sthanlee B. Mirador.

LOS ANGELES—Jessica Sanchez was on the phone, sounding bright and cheerful as she talked about being cast for guest appearances on “Glee.”   “Ryan (Murphy, the show’s co-creator) called and asked me to a meeting,” said the “American Idol” runner-up. After the meeting, she told us, Ryan called again and offered her the gig. “It [...]

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Jessica, Colton take Filipinos on a double date

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TAKING it to town with the backup singers    photo:OVATION PRODUCTIONS

On Thursday night, when couples were supposedly out on romantic dates, “American Idol” Season 11 finalists Jessica Sanchez and Colton Dixon gathered thousands—including families—at the Big Dome.

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Jessica Sanchez conquers Filipino hearts on Valentine’s Day

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Jessica Sanchez. RAFFY LERMA

After waiting for about half an hour, the jam-packed crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City was starting to get impatient,, repeatedly calling out her name: “Jessica! Jessica! Jessica!”

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Jessica Sanchez sings ‘Ikaw’ as crowd swoons

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American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez received a standing ovation when she sang her own version of the song “Ikaw” before a jampacked crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Thursday night.

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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

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.

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Jessica Sanchez faces Big Dome test in crowded Valentine’s scene

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

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