PACQUIAO EYES JESSICA SANCHEZ TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM
 

[PHOTO - Jessica Sanchez on 'Idol' bottom 3?]

MANILA, MAY 4, 2012 (ABS-CBN) Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao wants "American Idol" bet Jessica Sanchez to sing the Philippine national anthem in one of his future fights.

Pacquiao recently praised the Filipino-Mexican-American singer, who is now among the top 5 finalists in the current season of "American Idol."

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Thursday last week, Pacquiao said he is praying for Sanchez, and he believes the 16-year-old belter can win the whole competition.

"Jessica, good luck and we’re praying for you. Sana manalo ka. No, hindi sana. I declare that you’re gonna win in Jesus' name,” he said.

Aside from being an 8-division world boxing champion, Pacquiao is known for his passion for singing. After each fight in the US, Pacquiao also holds a concert for his fans.

Those who have sung "Lupang Hinirang" in Manny Pacquiao's fights include Charice, Maria Aragon, Sarah Geronimo, Lani Misalucha, Christian Bautista, Kyla, Jennifer Bautista, Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos, Maricar Garcia, and Arnel Pineda.

In his June 9 fight against Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao chose Kirby Asunto, 14-year-old Filipina-New Yorker, to sing the national anthem.

Pacquiao declares Jessica Sanchez will win 'Idol' ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/26/2012 8:45 PM | Updated as of 04/26/2012 10:13 PM

Despite being busy training for his next fight, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao found time to give an inspiring message to Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez, who is currently one of the top 6 finalists of “American Idol.”

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Thursday, Pacquiao said he is praying for Sanchez, and he believes that the 16-year-old belter can win the whole competition.

“Jessica, good luck and we’re praying for you. Sana manalo ka. No, hindi sana. I declare that you’re gonna win in Jesus' name,” he said.

Aside from being an 8-division world boxing champion, Pacquiao is known for his passion for singing. After each fight in the US, Pacquiao also holds a concert for his fans.

During her performance on “American Idol” on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila), Sanchez took on a Queen classic and a Luther Vandross hit.

Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez appeals for more votes

Sanchez earned restrained praise for singing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but she bounced back with a stunning performance of “Dance With My Father.”

Meanwhile, Sanchez appealed to her supporters to vote as many times as they can because she really wants to move on to the next round.

“I’ve been saved once. There is no save again so please I’m begging you guys, please vote as much as you can,” she said.

She also thanked her supporters for letting her make it this far on “Idol.”

“I love you guys so much. Thank you for letting me make it this far. I love you,” she said.

On Friday (Manila time), another contestant on “Idol” will be booted out, depending on the votes cast by people residing in the United States. – with reports from Dyan Castillejo and Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN News

Who's richest, poorest congressman? by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News Posted at 05/03/2012 8:54 PM | Updated as of 05/03/2012 11:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing superstar and lawmaker Manny Pacquiao remained the richest congressman in the 2nd regular session of Congress, while Anak Pawis Rep. Rafael Mariano also remained as the poorest congressman.

Based on a summary released by the House of Representatives, Pacquiao's net worth grew by about 200 million, from P1.13 billion in 2010 to P1.35 billion in 2011.

Mariano's net worth decreased from P75,711 in 2010 to P46,946 in 2011.

The multimillionaires in the chamber remained among the wealthiest in 2011, with a number of them increasing their net worth by hundreds of millions.

Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, the second-richest, nearly breached the P1 billion mark with P932.8 million in net worth.

House Speaker Sonny Belmonte shot up to 3rd wealthiest from 7th richest last year, as his net worth leapt from P283.2 million in 2010 to P726.2 million in 2011.

Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez came in 4th place with P686.1 million. He had P624.8 million in 2010.

Following him are Negros Occidental Rep. Julio Ledesma IV with P555 million, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez with P474.1 million, and Iloilo Rep. Augusto Syjuco with P302 million.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now Pampanga representative, has P131.6 million net worth, lower than her P140.2 million net worth in 2010.


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