August 22, 2011

My piece on Apl De Ap’s music and tech advocacy in Angeles is now up on the website. He’s a real nice guy. Plus, you can’t buy this kind of publicity.

The PR people even gave us copies of the latest BEP remix album (The END) that Apl took the time to sign himself on the inlay sleeve.

It’s a cliche but Apl’s rise to fame is a real ad astra per aspera story. I think the mayor was close to tears and could barely believe what was going on.

Excerpts are below.

Apl De Ap urges cabalen to follow their dreams


Before Allan Lindo became Apl De Ap of the hip-hop juggernaut Black Eyed Peas, he was out in the hot sun farming camote and sugar cane to help his family.

Fast forward more than a decade later, and he’s standing on the podium of his former high school at Sapang Bato, an hour’s drive from Angeles City.

“I myself used to run around Sapang Bato,” recalled the rapper in a heartfelt speech last Aug. 16. “But God gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream. That’s why it’s really important for me to give back to my cabalen. You should follow your own dreams and never give up.”

With the help of Hewlett-Packard and the Ayala Foundation, he’s filling up one room with desktop computers for a tech lab and providing wi-fi for the entire school.

“I want the Sapang Bato kids to be just like other kids who have computers out there. Gamitin n’yo yang mabuti,” he encouraged.

A couple of hours earlier he was at the Holy Angels University, where he spent a year in college, donating a top-of-the-line recording studio and checking up on the 15 musically-inclined students under his scholarship program. He lets the students pursue their interest, with lessons in their instrument of choice or mastering the mixing deck as a sound engineer.

Pampanga’s native son has returned bearing the twin gifts of music and technology.

Read the rest of it HERE.

Apl at the new Sapang Bato Nat'l High School HP Computer Lab

And some action from their latest album.


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