BALANGA City, Bataan, May 25 – A Bataan congressman, just after the result of the American Idol (AI) finale was known on Thursday, filed a proposed House Resolution congratulating Jessica Sanchez for emerging runner-up in the 2012 edition of the United States singing competition.
Rep. Albert Garcia of Bataan’s Second District said he filed House Resolution No. 2444 to commend the 16-year-old singer with Filipino blood.
“Malaking karangalan si Jessica hindi lamang sa ating lalawigan kundi maging sa buong bansa,” he said.
As to what he felt upon learning that Jessica did not bag the AI title, Garcia said everybody felt sad.
“Lahat nalungkot pero at the same time we should be proud of her because she faced a stiff competition and yet she attained quite a feat,” the congressman said.
Jessica emerged as second to champion Phillip Phillips.
Garcia as well as many other Bataenos consider Jessica as a kababayan. Her mother, the former Editha Bugay, has roots in Barangay San Juan in Samal, Bataan.
The Bataan lawmaker described Jessica as showing innate Filipino talent which, he said, "has stunned the world, earning the adulation of millions and making a beacon of inspiration to Filipinos everywhere."
“Her talent, humility and passion has united Filipinos the world over and has given us another Filipino champion to emulate,” Garcia said.
He said that the mayor of the City of Chula Vista in San Diego, California has proclaimed May 12, 2012 as “Jessica Sanchez Day.”
“Should she decide to come home, we should accord her the same honor,” the congressman said. (PNA)