Apl.de.Ap has been an advocate for education. Born and raised in his hometown of Angeles, Pampanga, the rapper/producer knows what itÆs like to fight for the right to learn.
As a kid, he took hour-long trips to school, funded in part by the Pearl S. Buck foundation through sponsor Ben Hudgens, who would eventually adopt him and take him to the United States at the age of 14.
Through the Apl.de.Ap Foundation, he was able to fund the construction of a computer lab, a library and a music room for the students of Sapang Bato elementary school in Angeles, Pampanga, the same school he attended as a kid.
And it's about time that he is recognized for giving back to his fellow-Pinoys!
The artist and one-fourth of the Grammy-Award winning group the Black Eyed Peas, was recently honored by the U.S.-based "This Time Foundation". The entertainer, whose real name is Allan Pineda was given an award and will be receiving help to aid more unfortunate children all over Asia.
"It feels great. I feel blessed and feel very supported and embraced by my fellow Filipinos and everybody in the room," said Apl after receiving the award.
Other Fil-Am celebrities expressed their support.
"He is harnessing his star power to present vast resources to educate the children in the Philippines," said actress Tia Carrere.
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips said he was present at the gala "to see what he's doing and how incredibly noble it is. He didn't just sing the song 'Where Is The Love?', he's making it happen!"
Apl.de.Ap will soon be seen on "The Voice of the Philippines" as a coach.
to see Apl chatting with former MYX VJ Bianca.
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