Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia also known as 'La Diva' will sing the Philippine national anthem in Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao’s much anticipated showdown with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto on November 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The people’s champ confirmed that 'La Diva,' dubbed as the "Destiny’s Child of the Philippines," will sing "Lupang Hinirang" in the Pacquiao-Cotto "Firepower" clash.
Pacquiao said the three auditioned in the early part of this year. Other artists from networks ABS-CBN and GMA 7 also took part in the audition, he said. The boxer cited Jolina Magdangal as one of those who wanted to sing the national anthem.
The Filipino boxing icon was particularly impressed by the 'La Diva' when he saw them perform. He added that he believes 'La Diva' will do justice in singing "Lupang Hinirang" next month.
The boxing champion also admitted that he was told that international singers Charice and Lea Salonga were interested in singing the national anthem for the fight.
"Pero hindi ko naman sila nakausap. Kung nakausap ko, siguro sila. Pero iyong 'La Diva' kasi, na-oo-han ko na. Mahirap naman at baka masabi wala akong isang salita," Pacquiao explained