American Idol runner-up and now a Fil-Am recording artist Jessica Sanchez is set to sing the Philippine National Anthem in the upcoming “Pacquiao-Bradley II”.
Photo taken by Michael Josh Villanueva/Rappler during the Pacquiao-Rios fight week in November:
Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez will sing the Philippine national anthem before Manny Pacquiao’s challenge of WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Sanchez sang the U.S. national anthem before Pacquiao-Bradley I and the anthems of the U.S. and the Philippines last November before Pacquiao-Brandon Rios in Macau, China. During the week of Pacquiao – Rios, Sanchez released her single, “Lead Me Home,” and announced that all the proceeds would be donated to Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts.
Immediately following the Pacquiao-Rios fight, she embarked on a two-week charity trip to the Philippines with the Starkey Foundation where she was joined by Pacquiao.
The 18-year-old from San Diego, Calif. was the runner-up in the 11th season of American Idol on FOX. Sanchez quickly became a fan favorite that season with her powerhouse vocals, often garnering high praise from the judges each week.
Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti will sing the American national anthem before Pacquiao-Bradley II.