Jessica Sanchez always envisioned herself on centerstage, singing her heart out.
“Music has always been my passion. It was not a hobby or something I can take out of my life,” she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer back in 2012.
In that interview, she also talked about her roots.
The 26-year-old Filipino-Mexican artist said that despite being born in America, she still considers herself 100-percent Filipino.
“I felt very much at home upon arriving in the Philippines. There is so much warmth and love,” she said. At that time, she was in the country for an endorsement project.
Her mother Edita Bugay, who hails from Samal, Bataan, and father are both Filipinos. She considers herself
half-Mexican since being adopted by her
Mexican-American stepfather Gilbert Sanchez.
Sanchez rose to fame in American Idol Season 11 where she placed second.
Her latest work is a single titled “Us” that tackles xenophobia and racism during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sanchez is among the 100 nominees of the 2021 TOFA (The Outstanding Filipinos in America) Awards.
The Elton Lugay-founded award-giving body recognizes Pinoys who have made a mark on American soil.
2021 TOFA Awards will be held on 7 October, just in time for Filipino-American History month, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall.