MANILA, Philippines û While some netizens feel bad that Jessica Sanchez sang the American national anthem instead of the Philippine national anthem during the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley bout, the ôAmerican Idolö runner-up said she is hoping she could also sing ôLupang Hinirangö in PacquiaoÆs future fights.
"American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez sings "The Star Spangled Banner" during the Pacquiao-Bradley bout.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News before the boxing match on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), Sanchez said she would love to learn to speak Tagalog soon.
ô[I want to sing æLupang Hinirang] most definitely. I donÆt speak any Tagalog but IÆve sang in Tagalog before so maybe in the future,ö she said.
Sanchez even said she would ask her mom to teach her to speak Filipino since she does not speak any other language besides English.
ôWeÆll see what happens. I donÆt speak anything. I need to learn,ö she said.
According to the 16-year-old singer, she feels really honored to be invited by Pacquiao to sing in his fight. She is also glad to have met the Filipino boxing superstar just before the match began.
ôIt was amazing. I canÆt even believe IÆm here right now. It was an honor to meet him and Freddie (Roach). I canÆt wait to sing,ö she said.
The San Diego-based singer also revelead that she was praying for Pacquiao to win.
Meanwhile, Sanchez admitted that as early as now, she is already looking forward to the ôIdolö tour.
ôItÆs gonna be amazing. ThereÆs gonna some great songs. ItÆs gonna be a whole big production show and it starts July 6 in Detroit. WeÆll go to 42 cities,ö she said.
Sanchez also said thereÆs nothing more exciting than performing before her Filipino fans.
ôWe just found out today that we are going to be in Manila on September 21st. I donÆt even know how itÆs gonna be. I heard itÆs crazy over there. IÆm so excited to go see my people and all the people who have been supporting me. I just canÆt wait,ö she said.
Sanchez said she has never been outside the U.S., and she is happy that her first out of the country trip would be to her momÆs native country.
ôIÆve never been out of the country before. To go to the Philippines for the first time, it must be amazing. I canÆt wait,ö she said. - from a report by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News