Jessica pitches 'It's more Fun in the Philippines'

Posted at 06/14/2012 4:08 PM | Updated as of 06/14/2012 11:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism's "It's more Fun in the Philippines" slogan has been seen in different parts of the world -- on buses, walls, t-shirts and many more.

But recently, it was spotted in the hands of one of America's fast-rising celebrities – “American Idol” runner up Jessica Sanchez.

"American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez holding an "It's more Fun in the Philippines" sign. Photo from Department of Tourism's Ren Sapitan

In a text message to ABS-CBNNews.com, DOT’s Ren Sapitan said Sanchez agreed to have the picture taken with the sign without hesistation to help promote the country’s tourism efforts.

Sapitan said the picture was taken while the 16-year-old half-Filipina was waiting for President Aquino during her courtesy call in Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles Airport last June 8.

“I showed her the placard and told her that the Tourism Department is promoting its new tourism campaign so I asked her if she would mind having me take her photo with the sign. Without hesitation, she said sure and smiled,” he said.

Sapitan added that as a souvenir, he gave Sanchez’s mom, who is a Filipina, a magnet of the logo which was the same size as the placard.

Sanchez’s photo holding the “It’s more Fun in the Philippines” sign is now going viral online.

In one of her past interviews, Sanchez said she has never been outside the United States and she is happy that her first out of the country trip would be to her mom’s native country.

Sanchez, along with the rest of the “Idol” finalists, will be in the Philippines to hold a concert on September 21.

“I’ve never been out of the country before. To go to the Philippines for the first time, it must be amazing. I can’t wait,” she said.