'Jessica Sanchez shows what Pinoys are capable of'

by Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 18 2012 12:30 PM | Updated as of May 21 2012 04:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday lauded Filipino-Mexican-American singer Jessica Sanchez for making it to the finals of the hit talent show “American Idol.”

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a statement, said the Philippine government congratulates Sanchez for her achievement and for making Filipinos worldwide inspired and united.

“Excellence knows no boundaries. The power of music uplifts us all. The entire Filipino people have united in admiration and enthusiasm over the performances of Jessica Sanchez in American Idol. Her perseverance and passion have inspired and surprised not just America, but the whole world with a voice that is as powerful as it is stirring,” she said.

She added: “Jessica inspires us to pursue excellence in everything we do—no matter how big or small the stage may be.”

As “American Idol” holds its finale next week, Valte said the Filipino people will “stand in solidarity with Jessica Sanchez as she shows the world what Filipinos are capable of.”