Monday, May 14, 2012
Jessica tells Filipino fans: I love you all so much
Jessica Sanchez, home is where the heart is—and that’s still her hometown Chula Vista, where she was born and raised.
Thousands of people turned out to show support for the Filipino-Mexican bet on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in two grand homecoming events—set in a high school stadium and on a historic aircraft carrier—in the “American Idol” tradition of a hero’s welcome.
“Thank you for showing up,” Sanchez told adoring fans on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, where she auditioned for the “Idol” judges last year.
The 16-year-old Top 3 finalist performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” and three other songs, including Luther Van Dross’ “Dance With My Father,” which she dedicated to her father, Mexican-American Gilbert Sanchez, a member of the US Navy.
“I’m very proud of her,” Gilbert told the Inquirer.
It was a family affair for Sanchez, who was joined in the landmark aircraft carrier by her father, Filipino mother Editha Bugay (who hails from Samal, Bataan province), her two brothers and other family members.
Earlier, Sanchez performed before 6,000 fans who gathered at Eastlake High School’s Canaris Football Stadium in Chula Vista. More Jessica Sanchez news here.