Sanchez to Perform in the Philippines

She’s currently traveling the country as part of the American Idol Live! tour… But last season’s runner-up Jessica Sanchez is taking her vocal talents to her mother’s homeland.

The 16-year-old half-Mexican/half-Filipina singer will be heading to the Philippines this September.

Jessica Sanchez

Sanchez, who signed a recording deal with Interscope Records last month, will perform at a concert featuring 11 Idol finalists on September 21 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I’m so excited. It will be my first trip to the Philippines,” said Sanchez, who wowed audiences with her rendition of the National Anthem at Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Sanchez could be headlining a solo tour in the Philippines following that Idol concert in Manila.

Sanchez would reportedly perform a series of shows in five cities this October, including stops in Manila, her mother’s hometown of Bataan, Baguio, Cebu and Davao.

An additional show to be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila is being negotiated, according to the paper’s sources.

No specific dates are known at this time