While some netizens feel bad that Jessica Sanchez sang the American national anthem instead of the Philippine national anthem during the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley bout, the “American Idol” runner-up said she is hoping she could also sing “Lupang Hinirang” in Pacquiao’s future fights.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News before the boxing match on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), Sanchez said she would love to learn how to speak Tagalog soon.
“[I want to sing ‘Lupang Hinirang] most definitely. I don’t speak any Tagalog but I’ve sang in Tagalog before so maybe in the future,” she said.
Sanchez even said she would ask her mom to teach her to speak Filipino since she does not speak other languages besides English.
“We’ll see what happens. I don’t speak anything. I need to learn,” she said.