Telltale Signs: A GREAT WEEK FOR PROUD PINAY MOTHERS
Asian Week - almost 5 years
SAN FRANCISCO – There may not be a prouder week for Pinay mothers of American pop entertainers. On the week of April 16th, four Filipino American offspring of Pinays were featured in the three highest-rated American network TV talent shows, surviving an elimination round of increasingly tough competition.
Perhaps the most famous of the survivors is 16-year old Jessica Sanchez who rebounded in one week from being eliminated – and then saved by the judges of American Idol – to receiving the highest number of votes in the following week.
The eldest of three siblings from Chula Vista, California, Jessica is the daughter of Gilbert Sanchez, a Mexican American Iraq War navy veteran from Texas, and Edita Bugay, the Pinay daughter of a retired U.S. Navy sailor from San Diego, California.
Another FilAm contestant who almost got the boot from TV viewers until she was saved by the judges – also unanimously – is 20-year old Cheesa Laureta, a transplant from Honolulu to Los Angeles who gradu
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