“American Idol” finalist Jasmine Trias got praise from Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who saluted her singing talent and called her an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere.
The Filipino-American from Hawaii visited Arroyo at the presidential palace Tuesday with her parents, siblings, grandparents and an uncle.
Trias gave Arroyo autographed photos, two boxes of macadamia nuts and an orchid bud, her signature hair accessory during the “American Idol” competition.
“It’s good that as part of the youth, you have a lot of energy, and the smile is always there,” Arroyo told the 17-year-old Trias. “And you’re a family idol as well.”
A palace statement quoted Arroyo as praising Trias for her singing talent, for serving as inspiration for Filipinos and for her family’s resolve to instill Filipino values in their children.
Trias was quoted as saying she hoped to have a day off before she leaves Manila on Oct. 22 so that she can enjoy the country’s famed beaches.
She arrived in the country last week to a rousing welcome from fans and media, who dubbed her arrival as “Jasmania.” She has spent her time endorsing products and doing the rounds of talk shows.
Trias made it to the top three in the popular “American Idol” singing contest in May. Filipinos, like Hawaiians, closely followed her performance and cheered her on.