Jessica's first PH visit set


Posted at Jun 09 2012 12:18 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2012 10:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Filipina-Mexican-American "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez will visit her mother's native country in September, as the show's world tour makes its Manila stop.

Jessica Sanchez (third from right) and Phillip Phillips (first from left) with the Top 10 contestants of "American Idol" Season 11. Photo courtesy of

Sanchez, whose mother Editha hails from Bataan, will be performing at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on September 21 for the 2012 edition of the "American Idol LIVE! Tour," Ovation Productions has confirmed to the Philippine Star.

The 16-year-old Pinay pride will perform alongside the Top 10 contestants of the 11th season of "Idol," including current titleholder Phillip Phillips.

Phillips, who recently underwent an operation to remove kidney stones, "will be ready for the 'Idol' tour kick-off," according to his publicist.

The Philippines is the only country outside of North America that is included in the two-month tour, and is slated to be the finale show of the "Idol" finalists.

Last year, the Top 10 contestants of the 10th season of "Idol" visited the country for a two-night concert. Their tour stop in Manila was the finale show of their concert series.