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MANILA -- The Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC), a leading service institution for immigrants in Washington DC, has predicted that Filipino-Mexican-American Jessica Sanchez will win the prestigious American Idol singing competition title during the finals on Wednesday (May 23, Manila time).
Grace Valera, MHC co-director and spokesperson, sent an e-mail to the Philippines News Agency predicting a win by Jessica over American singer-composer Philip Philipps. Valera appealed to all Filipinos all over the world to unite and vote online for Jessica.
"A show of unity is a show of force leading to success. Jessica deserves to win," the MHC said in a press statement.
During the voting last week, Jessica garnered nearly 90 million votes, an incredible number as announced by Ryan Seacrest, MHC said.
Heavy favorite Joshua Ledet, a 19-year-old American, was eliminated in last week’s voting with Jessica and Philipps remaining in contention for the final selection of American Idol for Season 11.
“Many organizations and individuals all over the United States have zealously supported the voting every week,” MHC said.
In the East Coast, the MHC has been active since Day One of the popular TV show calling all kababayans, American, Asian, African-American friends, including the Spanish-speaking community, to cast their votes for the 16-year-old Jessica.
Two other MHC co-directors, Jesse A. Gatchalian and Arnedo S. Valera, also went out of their way calling on friends to vote online or text all for Jessica Sanchez whose mother is a Filipina from Bataan.
“In the West Coast, there is top-rated newscaster Gel Santos Relos and stage/movie actor Bernardo Bernardo at the helm doing their share online as well,” MHC said.
"'Making everyone hang on to your every note' and 'sending people into heavens’ were among the comments made by the AI judges, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson, MHC added.
No female singer has won the American Idol title since 2007. The last one was won by Jordan Sparks.
During the Asia Heritage Foundation’s Fiesta Asia, the biggest Asian Street festival in the US capital, MHC campaigned to the over 21 ethnic groups participating in the annual event, attended by Asian, Latin, European, African-American, and white contingents.
Jessica became the judges' and public's favorite in her flawless rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you.”
MHC said “Jessica has a powerful voice that is remarkably sweet and tender.”
Once again, MHC is calling on all Filipinos/Filipino-Americans and friends all over the United States to cast their votes for Jessica for the final showdown of American Idol on Wednesday (Manila time).
There are three ways to vote: by telephone 1-866-436-570 (all landlines-Verizon, Vonage, Magic Jack, AT & T, skype/cellphones no limit depending on your telephone plan and as long as it’s a USA telephone number); or AT&T text to 570___ (Jessica’s number changes every week so watch out for this on Tuesday evening); voting ONLINE through www. Americanidol.com (50 times maximum only).
MHC will open its office again for an “AI Jessica Sanchez Voting Party on May 22, Tuesday 7 p.m. till midnight at 3930 Walnut St., Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030, to anyone who wants to join in the voting. All of its computers and telephone landlines will be made available -- 202-247-0117/202-631-8856 or 703-675-6334.
“This is the season’s finale so everyone is enjoined to do his/her share,” MHC said.