Apl.de.ap is a member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas. Chikka Magazine had an opportunity to chat with the Filipino-American rapper/producer following a recent performance in Los Angeles, California. During our backstage interview, he shared some details about his charitable works and why he is so passionate about giving back to the community.
About the Apl.de.ap Foundation
The Apl.de.ap Foundation is a non-governmental organization committed to promoting and empowering Filipino youth.
The foundation partners and collaborates with organizations on creative and innovate approaches in arts and technology. Its goal is to provide the tools to individuals who are passionate and driven to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.
The Apl.de.ap foundation has international and Philippine based programs. Program focus areas include the following:
- Supporting arts programs that have a proven track record of success in guiding talented students.
- Collaborating with organizations that promote skill building and entrepreneurship through the use of technology.
- Providing eyesight care for children.
The eldest of seven siblings, Allan Pineda better known as Apl.de.ap grew up in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. He worked in the farm with his grandfather and sold the crops at the open market. Coming from a poor family, he knew early on that going to school was his long-term ticket to a better life.
Clinically blind, the young Apl managed to get treatment for his eyes in the U.S. through the Pearl S. Buck Foundation with his sponsor, Joe Ben Hudgens, who eventually adopted Apl. At the age of 14 years old, Apl moved to LA where Hudgens fostered the importance of education that would lead to achieving his dreams.
Apl became a rapper, record producer, and the member of the multi-Grammy award winning group the Black Eyed Peas.
Drawing from his own life experiences and putting action behind his words, he established the Apl.de.ap Foundation. The Foundation is committed to equip Filipino youth with the knowledge and skills to improve their lives. This is through key partnerships with organizations whose focus are in computer technology, arts, and eye care. Ultimately, the foundation hopes to build a school that will prepare these program services.
The Apl.de.ap Foundation has successfully built 14 classrooms in the Philippines. They have also established a computer laboratory and a recording and music studio in Angeles City, Pampanga. The foundation also sponsors 14 scholars who are in the top ten percentile of their university and are involved in leadership community activities.
(Photo: Groundbreaking for another classroom being rebuild in Zamboanga. This is all possible through our campaign "macaroons for a cause." Each package of macaroons sold at Red Ribbon goes towards the rebuilding of these schools.)
ADAF is also involved in the rebuilding efforts for those affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Currently, they are rebuilding 20 classrooms in Zamboanga in partnership with Red Ribbon, Franklin Baker, and Habitat for Humanity!
To learn more about the Apl.de.ap Foundation, visit apldeapfoundation.org. Follow them on Facebook to receive updates and news about their current activities. For more details about the "We Can Be Anything" campaign check out wecanbeanything.com
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