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Villar files resolution commending AI’s second placer Jessica Sanchez

MANILA, May 25 – Senator Manny Villar has filed a proposed Senate resolution congratulating and commending Jessica Elizabeth Bugay Sanchez for placing second in the recently concluded American Idol (AI) Season 11 in Los Angeles, California.

In Senate Resolution No. 776, Villar said Jessica Sanchez deserved accolade despite losing to Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Georgia in the AI finale.

”Now therefore, be it resolved to congratulate and commend Jessica Sanchez for placing second in the American Idol Season 11, a personal feat that celebrates Filipino ancestry and echoes national pride,” Villar said in his resolution.

Sanchez, who was born on August 4, 1995 in Chula Vista, California to a Filipino mother from Samal, Bataan and Mexican father, started singing at the age of 2 and aspires to be a mainstream singer that "can belt but sing upbeat songs."

Prior to joining American Idol, Sanchez competed in the first season of America’s Got Talent, a reality television singing contest like AI, at the age of 11.

When she auditioned for AI Season 11 on July 8, last year, Sanchez received high praises from judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.

She earned a spot in the Top 13 and was almost eliminated in the Top 7’s first week had it not for the “Judges’ Save” which was introduced in the eighth season, making her the first female and fourth finalist in the show’s history to be spared from elimination.

Sanchez became the lone female contestant in the Top 3 with Joshua Ledet, a top favorite who was voted out in the Final Three.

Senator Franklin Drilon felt disappointed but said that with Sanchez's talent, “the future will be good to her.”

”How I wish she won. I am disappointed but we respect the results,” Drilon said. (PNA) scs/jfm

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