American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez sang the US and Philippine National Anthems before the start of Manny Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios fight on Sunday at the Venetian Hotel, Cotai Arena in Macau.
Sanchez sang the “Lupang Hinirang” and “The Star Spangled Banner” so well and the thousands in attendance at the arena cheered as she sings.
The Filipino boxing icon Pacquiao personally asked Sanchez to sing the national anthems before his fight and she immediately agreed to his invitation.
According to Sanchez, she feels honored to be singing the Philippine national anthem in Pacquiao’s fight.
“My grandma helped my with the pronunciation. I’ve been trying to listen to different versions and I’m going to keep it as traditional as possible,” Sanchez told ABS-CBN News.
Watch Jessica Sanchez sing the US and Philippine national anthem in the video below: