Jessica's family thanks Pinoys, Kapamilya stars

Posted at 05/25/12 9:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines –  The family of Filipina-Mexican "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez expressed their gratitude to stars of ABS-CBN and the Filipino community around the world for rallying behind the Pinay pride during her stint on the world's most popular singing competition.

Fans of Jessica Sanchez show their support to the Filipina-
Mexican-American American Idol finalist as they watch at a
viewing party at the Valenzuela City Auditorium last Thursday.

Editha, the Bataan-native mother of Jessica, and Virgie Bugay, the Filipina singing pride's grandmother, on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) thanked supporters of the pint-sized "Idol" moments after the finale results show.

"I just want to say thank you so much for all the support. Jessica does appreciate it," Editha said, addressing the Filipino community in the United States as well as her countrymen in the Philippines.

Virgie also expressed thanks to Filipino broadcasting network ABS-CBN and Pinoy celebrities for actively campaigning for Jessica during her time on the show.

"Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga Pilipino sa buong mundo, lalo na sa Pilipinas. Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo kasi without you si Jessica will not be like this," she said.

"Maraming, maraming salamat din sa ABS-CBN, kay Boy Abunda, kay Yong Chavez atsaka sa lahat ng mga artista na sumuporta kay Jessica," she added.

Celebrity news anchor Boy Abunda, along with other Kapamilya celebrities, on television and radio programs fervently expressed support for Jessica, and joined calls to vote for her to become the next "American Idol."

Downpour of support for Jessica was even more intense on various social networking sites such as Twitter, where countless Filipino actors, singers and personalities tweeted their way into worldwide and local trending topics, showing encouragement to the Pinay pride.

Jessica's grandmother also thanked ABS-CBN News correspondent Yong Chavez, who closely followed the young singer's journey on "Idol." Chavez also covered efforts of US-based Filipinos to support Jessica such as community viewing of her performances, and organized voting parties to catapult her into the finale.

On Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), Filipinos around the world achieved just that as Jessica became the first "Idol" finalist with Filipino heritage to make into the show's top two.

Although she finished second to singer Phillip Phillips, Jessica, as her grandma put it, "is still a champion for the Filipino people."