American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez signs autograph aboard the deck of the USS Midway amid a sea of fans who came to see her during her homecoming in Chula Visa. (Photo: Benny Uy)

MANILA, May 19 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Friday congratulated Jessica Sanchez for making it to the Top Two of the reality singing competition “American Idol” and urged Filipinos in the United States to vote for her in next week’s finals.

“Please show your support in any way possible for Jessica Sanchez. This is the last stretch and we know that when Filipinos gather and put their minds into it, it will happen,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte at a press briefing.

She said the Filipino-Mexican-American contestant inspires the people to pursue excellence in everything no matter how big or small the stage may be.

“Excellence knows no boundaries. The power of music uplifts us all. The entire Filipino people have united in admiration and enthusiasm over the performances of Jessica Sanchez in American Idol,” she said.

“Her perseverance and passion have inspired and surprised not just America, but the whole world with a voice that is as powerful as it is stirring,” she added.

She further said that “as we move on to the final stage of the competition, we stand in solidarity with Jessica Sanchez as she shows the world what Filipinos are capable of.”

Sanchez vs. Phillips

Sanchez, who hails from Chula Vista, San Diego, California, will be pitted against Phillip Phillips, the other finalist.

Joshua Ledet was eliminated after public voting determined he was the contestant with the least number of votes.

Sanchez’s top 2 achievement is the highest attained by a contestant with Filipino heritage on the show.

Filipino-American Jasmine Trias made it to the top three of AI’s Season 3, while Ramiele Malubay, another Fil-Am, placed ninth in Season 7.

Thia Megia, another Filipino-American, meanwhile, finished in the top 11 of last year’s competition.

Sanchez’s mother is Filipina from Bataan, while her father is Mexican.  (MNS)