By: Adriana Pérez H
MAY 19TH,2013: Apl.de.ap attended to “Time For Hope Fundraiser Gala” benefiting This Time Foundation And The Apl.de.ap Foundation at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
During the gala, This Time Foundation honored Apl.de.ap with the “Spirit of Inspiration Award” for his dedication to rebuilding schools in his native country Philippines.
Allan Pineda aka Apl.de.ap gave an inspirational speech, where he dedicated his award to Ben Hudgens, his adopted father from Philippines, who brought Apl to United States.
“Without him, none of this would be possible for me.” -Apl
Apl.de.ap talked about The Apl.de.ap Foundation, the way he gives back to the children in Philippines. Also, it was announced, he is going to sponsor a series of surgeries in the Philippines to benefit premature babies.
“We have built 14 classrooms throughout the Philippines and a computer lab. I get to hear all the stories of transformation, they’re making…”
“One person can’t change the world, but if I help someone and you help someone, we can change the world”.
The live auction included South African Safari in Maputaland, Safari Surf in Costa Rica, a night of bowling with Apl.de.ap, among others. All the funds go to The Apl.de.ap Foundation.
To conclude the special gala, Apl.de.ap took the stage and performed “We Can Be Anything”, “Where Is The Love” and “Jump In” featuring Jessica Sanchez. The female group “The Lylas”, also performed on stage.
Other celebrities who attended the gala were Tia Carrere, Lou Diamond Phillips, Tamlyn Tomita and Mark Dacascos.