Apl.de.ap reveals hardships growing up abroad

Posted at 10/15/11 12:21 AM

Black Eyed Peas member apl.de.ap. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – Black Eyed Peas member apl.de.ap revealed that he had his own share of hardships as a Filipino young adult growing up in the United States.

During his guesting in Ahwel Paz and Jobert Sucaldito’s dzMM Teleradyo show “Mismo” on Friday, apl.de.ap said life was difficult for him before his group made it to the music industry.

“As soon as I turned 18 I had to get a job. You know the Black Eyed Peas didn’t come overnight, so I had to work at movie theaters, construction, telemarketing. And at one point in my career, I had to sleep in closets and couches,” he said.

However, the singer didn’t let the setbacks get in his way of achieving his dreams. Instead, he used it as his motivation to strive harder.

“I never gave up. That  was my motivation to make it and help out my family. I just kept on going and I wouldn’t take no for an answer. Thank God, I was surrounded with good friends with same values and motivation so we just stuck together and made it happen,” he said.

Now that he is on top of his game, apl.de.ap, who was born Allan Pineda Jr. makes it a point to share his blessings to his fellow Filipinos.

He recently donated a music library and a computer room to a public high school in Pampanga, where he grew up.

Currently, he is actively promoting the education advocacy campaign dubbed “We Can Be Anything.”

“We Can Be Anything” aims to address the Philippines’ unending problem with classroom shortage.

“There are still millions of kids who are not going to school because of the shortage of classrooms, so the main goal [of this campaign] is to build 10,000 classrooms in 10 months,” he explained.

“We Can Be Anything” is made possible through the partnership of the Apl.de.Ap Foundation and the Ninoy Cory Aquino Foundation.

When asked why he chose education as his primary advocacy, he replied, “I think education is very important. If it wasn’t for education, I wouldn’t be here.”

“There are a lot of kids out there who are really smart, especially Filipino people. We just need an opportunity, a chance to prove that so that is why it is very important for me to give back to the children," he added.

Apl.de.ap is set to perform with his group Black Eyed Peas in the SM Mall of Asia on October 25.

They will be promoting the “We Can Be Anything” campaign at the event.