Apl.de.ap will donate all proceeds of his book to charity.
Known worldwide as a member of the Grammy award-winning group Black Eyed Peas, Apl.de.ap (born Allan Pineda Lindo) is proud to share his life story through the children’s book What’s Ap
. "I liked the whole idea of writing my life story. I’m into my foundation work and when that idea that it would help to send kids to school, that alone beyond my story, I just loved it. The main advocacy of the book is to help out other children just like how I grew up. People need a chance in getting an education,” he shared during the What’s Ap
book launch held last December 15 at National Bookstore in Glorietta, Makati city.
The philanthropic singer, along with Summit Books, is donating all the proceeds from the book to the apl.de.ap foundation which will help build classrooms, send children to school, and provide medical help to children with eye problems.
The 41-year-old singer also shared the secret to his close friendship with fellow Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am. “We share the same values. will.i.am comes from a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles. He comes from a housing project and our goal to be able to help our family na umahon sa buhay. We always had that bond like we always dreamed together like, ‘You know one day man we’re going to have our own tour bus. We’re going to open for our heroes and then we’re going to go to Europe.’ So we’re like always dreaming together. And that’s our bond. It’s our family and succeeding,” he explained.
In the book What’s Ap, Apl hopes to inspire other kids like him who had to overcome challenges like poor eyesight and constant bullying from peers. “Actually my grandmother she was the one that gave me the strength. She would say, ‘Oh don’t pay attention to them. They’re like that because you’re special.’ So I just take that as I’m special (laughs). And she would fight anyone that would tease me or call me nognog, ganun. So I just followed my grandmother’s footsteps and then once I had a career I thanked God that I listened to those few words that my grandma said. It gives me strength. So people can say whatever they want but I’m going to do what I have to do and push through my dreams,” he said.
The talented performer said bashers and critics are the last thing he wants to focus on. "I don’t really pay attention to them. I focus on what I have to do. I focus on my music and I focus on helping people and sharing. If you don’t agree with that then I don’t know, I don’t really try to pay attention to negative comments. I just try to focus on what I’ve got to do and what I’m going to do next. And how much can I influence and help other kids just like me,” he added.
Aside from plans to come out with a solo album next year, Apl said BEP also plans to come up with a new album as well. "There’s a possible Black Eyed Peas album at the end of the year. I guess you could call it a reunion, but I say new music. I got a solo album coming up. I’m always doing show non-stop all throughout the year. I love to DJ too so that’s another side because I miss that part, doing live shows. Then I get to play other people’s songs that I like,” he admitted.
The Fil-American artist will be spending the holidays in Pampanga with his mom and looks forward to working with the Department of Tourism on a new project next year. "I’m very excited about a DOT campaign because I get to be a tour guide a in bring back Fil-Ams to remind them where they came from and their roots. I think I’m the dopest tour guide ever (laughs). Because I want to do it where it’s leisure plus mission so you can have fun but at the same time helping out” he shared.