Am Idol finalist sings US National Anthem at Pacquiao fight
LAS VEGAS, NV—Manny Pacquiao wasn’t the only Filipino who put on a show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday. In front of a sold out crowd of 16,500, and millions of people watching at home, 22-year-old Ramiele Malubay sang the Star Spangled Banner with perfection.
Fans in the stands gave the Filipino-American singer a standing ovation and praise for her rendition of the U.S. national anthem. Ramiele described her performance before the biggest fight of the year as scary.
“I was trying to psyche myself up thinking that it was just a small event, but I knew it wasn’t. It was crazy! Getting up in front of all those people and singing the national anthem was pretty scary.”
Ramiele is best remembered as a finalist in the seventh season of American Idol in 2008. She’s also been featured on the Ellen Degeneres show
She said she got the gig to sing the anthem two weeks before the fight. After auditioning in front of Pacquiao, she said the pound-for-pound king chose her to sing an anthem.
“I thought they wanted me to sing (the Philippine National Anthem). I was like, ‘OK, I know that.’ But my manager called me back and said, ‘you’re singing the Star Spangled Banner.’ I thought, ‘that’s a little bit more scary’ because it’s in front of America. It was an honor and I was really blessed to have that opportunity,” Ramiele said.
She hopes that this performance can launch her music career to new heights. Ramiele is currently working on a contemporary album and hopes that it will be released sometime next year.