Fil-Am singer gets US recognition

Fil-Am singer gets US recognition

Young singer Jasmine Villegas has just turned 18 last Dec. 7 and is excited with what’s ahead of her career.

The half-Filipina, half-Mexican R&B, pop and soul singer can also be remembered for singing the US national anthem in three of Manny Pacquiao’s fights: with Juan Manuel Marquez and David Diaz both in 2008, as well as his bout with Ricky Hatton in 2009.

In September 2010 she joined the second leg of Justin Bieber’s My World Tour as an opening act. The first single of her album titled “All These Boys” was released in 19 October 2010 on iTunes.

Although Villegas grew up in the US, her mother Bernadette and grandmother Sofia Velas said Filipino values were deeply inculcated in her especially giving respect to elders, showing gratitude, and the importance of education.

Villegas was recently signed to Sony Music and the release of her debut album is forthcoming.