Jessica Sanchez sings back to her hometown in Chula Vista

This article is the first draft of another story published in GMA News Online.
Finding a home far from the Philippines, Jessica Sanchez is set to sing to her kababayans in the US.
It’s pay back time for the “American Idol” hopeful. This Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines), she will pay homage to her fans in her hometown in Chula Vista, San Diego, California and thank them for their undying support.
Today, the 16-year-old San Diego “baby” was able to grab a spot in the reality singing competition’s highly regarded top three with Phillip Phillips and Joshua Ledet.
Having the top three contestants visit their respective hometowns — for some, their birthplaces — has been an “Idol” tradition, which has sent both the singer and the fans shedding tears of happiness.
Sanchez is the second “Idol” finalist who hails from San Diego, California. The other is Adam Lambert, first runner-up to Kris Allen in the show’s eighth season.
“Our community is thrilled to welcome home Jessica – she is already Chula Vista’s Idol,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox in the city’s press release.
“Her amazing talent and accomplishments are deserving of this grand celebration. We are so proud of her,” she added.
What else but a celebration will welcome Sanchez as she sets foot in Chula Vista. The celebration will feature a procession, a rally, and a mini-concert which will be documented by “Idol” and will air next week, the report said.
Sanchez will be brought back to her childhood memories as she rides in a short procession with the Eastlake High School Marching Band and Color Band which will run from southbound on Eastlake Parkway from Otay Lakes Road to Clubhouse Drive onto the school campus.
The mini-concert will be held at the high school’s football stadium. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis so guests are advised to come as early as the gates open at 9 a.m. Sanchez will perform at 11:30 a.m.
Jessica, look at your fans
Sanchez’s followers on Twitter have peaked to 305,682 as of posting time today. Among the top three contenders, she got the most number of followers.


In a very short tweet, Sanchez (@JSanchezAI11) thanked her fans who voted her in, saying: “Thank you guys so much! Its an honor to be in the Top 3!”

After her performance last Wednesday (Thursday in the Philippines), San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders urged the public to vote for Sanchez.
“As evidenced by the current mayoral race, San Diego is a city whose residents possess the full spectrum of political opinions,” Sanders said. “Jessica Sanchez is far and away the best performer on this season’s ‘American Idol.’ I encourage all San Diegans to give her the support she deserves.”
The votes all paid off. Sanchez is now one step closer to the “Idol” crown.
When she gets back home, it is time for her to see how much the fans in Chula Vista have gone ga-ga over her.
A marquee that reads “Jessica is our Idol,” in a Chula Vista police station, a handmade sign on a fire truck proclaims “Our American Idol Jessica,” and giant signs in Chula Vista auto parks are only among those to welcome Sanchez in her visit, the San Diego Union Tribute reported.

Hometown girl
Sanchez was born in Chula Vista to parents Gilbert and Editha Sanchez. Her father is a Mexican-American and a U.S. Navy veteran who fought in the Iraq War. Her mother traces her roots from Bataan.
She studied in middle school in Eastlake Middle School, located near the venue of her mini-concert.
She has been singing since she was two, appearing on TV shows “America’s Got Talent” and “Showtime at the Apollo.”
Because of her talent, no wonder among her favorite subjects during middle school were choir, physical education, and science.
John Acadenia, Sanchez’s eighth grade choir teacher at Eastlake Middle School remembers her as a humble girl, Fox San Diego reported.,0,3993097.story
 “When she came in you would have never have known that she was this amazing singer,” Academia told Fox. “She stayed in the background.”

Chula Vista
Located just seven miles from downtown San Diego, Chula Vista lives up to its name in Spanish: “beautiful view.”


According the GMA News Online managing editor Yasmin Arquiza who lived in Chula Vista in 1995, it is small, quiet, sub-urban city located near the Mexico border. She said most of its residents in Chula Vista are Mexicans.

“The city is at the center of one of the richest economic and culturally diverse zones in the United States,” said on the city’s official website.
Chula Vista is designated as the sister city of Cebu City by Sisters Cities International, a non-profit group that promotes partnership between the US and international communities.
As the second largest city in San Diego County, Chula Vista has quickly become a special destination for tourists. One of the nation’s few year-round U.S. Olympic Training centers is located in the city, the website said.
The 2010 United States Census said Chula Vista has a population of 243,916. More than half of its population is Hispanic in origin comprising 58.2 percent. Here is the racial make-up of Chula Vista:
White persons – 53.7 percent
Black persons – 4.6 percent
American Indian or Alaska Native persons – 0.8 percent
Asian persons – 14.4 percent
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander – 0.6 percent
Persons with two or more races – 5.8 percent
Persons of Hispanic origin – 58.2 percent
White persons not Hispanic – 20.4 percent
Apart from Sanchez, Chula Vista is also home for renowned celebrities and athletes.
Among the stars are “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Charisma Carpenter, TV host Mario Lopez, musician Matthew Cameron, Mexican singer Julieta Percevault, and wrestler Rey Mysterio.

3 thoughts on “Jessica Sanchez sings back to her hometown in Chula Vista

  1. Jessica Sanchez is One of the Best Singers in America!..Vote for the Best! (Randy J)…You just made 40Million people cry!(Steven Tyler)…Fiesty Firecracker!..(JLO)..If she goes home, we should all go home!..(Jimmy Iovine-Idol coach)….Impeccable!..Wow!.(Mary J. Blige)…Swaggernaut!..(Wil.I.Am)..She’s the best singer there..(Mario Lopez-Extra).. She’s shockingly Good..(Gwen Stefani)..I’m honored she chose my song!(Jazmine Sullivan)..She’s unbelievable!!!(Jesse McCartney)..Her “Sweet Dreams” video on my Website!..(Beyonce)…Yes Jessica! That’s it!!(Jennifer Hudson)..You are Fantastic!..(David Hasselhoff).. You’re gonna be huge I promise!..(Brandy).. Killer job! You did Luther and me proud(Richard Marx)…”She’s overqualified”..(Akon)..”little soul angel!” (Jennifer Holiday)..Im Watching her 1st concert!(Tommy Mottola)

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