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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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