California Pinay sings anthem at Pacquiao bout

Posted at 12/09/12 1:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipina singer Chelsea Emata sang the Philippine national anthem ahead of the fourth bout of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Filipina singer Chelsea Emata singing the Philippine national anthem ahead of the fourth match of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Photo from Ces Drilon's Twitter account

Emata, who is reportedly Senator Koko Pimentel’s first cousin, sang “Lupang Hinirang” before a huge crowd of boxing fans from all over the world who came out to watch the non-title welterweight fight.

Emata wore a red blazer and blue skirt, representing the colors of the Philippine flag.

Emata, who hails from California, was also the one who sang the American national anthem during the match of Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Jeffrey Mathebula recently.

In Pacquiao’s match against American boxer Timothy Bradley last June, it was Filipina-American teenager Kirby Asunto who sang the country’s national anthem.

“American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez, on the other hand, sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”