The Filipino and Mexican communities in and around the San Diego East Lake neighborhood are rallying behind Jessica Sanchez’s successes on American Idol, where she hopes to lock up a spot as one of the three finalists.
The native of California has a Filipino mother and a father who is Mexican-American. During this week’s show, the teenager performed the Etta James classic Steal Away that was originally recorded back in 1964, as well as And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, from the hit musical Dreamgirls.
Close to 250 members of the East Lake neighborhood gathered with the Sanchez’s at a local tavern and bowling established on Wednesday night to support Sanchez long-distance.
Family members said it was great to watch her grow artistically. Sanchez should not be too nervous in front of the camera, as she was on the show America’s Got Talent at the young age of 11.
One of the neighbors from East Lake said she was very proud of the teenager’s success and how it has positively affected the community. The tavern’s manager Raymond Ha said that the ever-growing excitement surrounding Jessica has given his business the chance to network to increase revenue.
He said that it has helped to bring together the culturally rich neighborhood where now you see entire families of Mexican and Filipino together who feel proud of young Sanchez’s success and what it has done for the community.
Sanchez once sang the National Anthem prior to a football game of the San Diego Chargers.