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Buy a Backpack, Give a Backpack

Thanks to the partnership with Chicago-based, Philippine-manufactured company, Equilibrium USG, the students at the Foundation will have another reason to celebrate.

For EVERY backpack purchase with the design from Equilibrium USG, a special edition backpack will be given to an excelling student at Apl’s schools. The winners of the 2014 BUILT design competition are to be announced at the June 8th Rebuild Philippines! Concert. Once the winners are announced, the winning designs will be eligible for purchase by the public — let the giving begin!

On top of the ‘Buy a Backpack, Give a Backpack’  model, all proceeds of the Apl design skyns will go to the Foundation. Check out the submissions thus far from all over the world – Brazil, Philippines, Japan, Russia, Germany, California, New York, and more.

VOTING ENDS JUNE 7 at MIDNIGHT (Central Standard Time). Visit for more info.


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REBUILD! Philippines: A Benefit Concert — JUNE 8


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E: TEDIBENITO@GMAIL.COM, and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas Headline “REBUILD!” Concert for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

(Hollywood, CA.) Seven months after a devastating typhoon destroyed portions of Southern Philippines, rebuilding efforts have slowly begun.  To help in the rehabilitation effort, an all-star concert headlined by and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas is set forSunday, June 8 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.  Spearheaded by the Foundation (ADAF), the charitable organization founded by BEP, the concert will bring together artists from various musical genres as well as from countries from around the world.

Audience members will be treated to numbers by some of today’s hottest artists including the ABDC alumni dance crew Jabbawockeez, rapper Talib Kweli, beat-boxer Dub FX and the Chad Hugo outfit Yardnoise. Rising indie musician Chris Hayzel and YouTube phenom AJ Rafael will punctuate an evening that includes special performances by “The Sing Off” group The Filharmonic, local chorale group the Philippine Chamber Singers, the vocal trio W3TheFuture and up-and-coming pop quartet, the Jazmin Sisters, whose just released single “You” is on hot rotation at KPWR Radio. Three of the most in-demand music spinners -  DJ Mia, DJ Ammo and DJ Poet – along with the most sought-after DJ,Q-Bert, will be lending their talents to get the audience up and dancing.  Comedians Joey Guila and Ron Josol bring their brand of comedy to lighten the spirit.

From England’s “The Voice”, wunderkind Leah McFall, coached by, brings her smooth, pop vocals to the stage in addition to the indie music 60’s-inspired band The Little Ones and the U.S. debut of the Philippines’ number one metal rock band, Slapshock. Sprinkled in the mix are several surprise guests and the announcement of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas-USA Pageant contestants.   The concert will be co-hosted by Emmy award winning news anchor Cher Calvin (KTLA Evening News), actor Mark Dacascos (“Iron Chef America”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “Dancing with the Stars”) and actress Nia Peeples (“Pretty Little Liars”, “Fame”, “North Shore”).

“I just want to do my part to help my fellow countrymen, especially the children, who were impacted by typhoon Haiyan,” explained “And it makes the effort so much better and more meaningful that all of these artists have shown their support of what me and my Foundation are trying to accomplish.”

The concert is sponsored by Philippine based SMART Communications who has launched HELP.PH, a text-to-donate campaign in several countries around the world to continue awareness and raise funds for the rebuild effort. has been appointed the international ambassador of the HELP.PH campaign. Additional support for Haiyan rebuild efforts will come from a special silent auction sponsored by the Asian Real Estate Association of America (A.R.E.A.A.) Foundation at the Greek Theatre patio.

The proceeds of the concert will be dispersed by the ADAF to several projects and NGOs based in the Philippines who are doing direct work to help the survivors of the devastation, in particular, a special PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) program targeted at children and teachers in Tacloban and surrounding areas.

Tickets are available at the Greek Theatre Box Office, online at Ticketmaster, at all Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. A service charge is added to each ticket price. For more information, please visit

The Foundation is committed to promoting and empowering Filipino youth around the world, particularly in the Philippines and the U.S. We partner and collaborate with organizations on creative and innovative approaches in arts and technology. The Foundation’s 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. While the Foundation focuses on programs in education, technology and health, it participates in crisis situations that affect the Philippines. Visit for more information.

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Press Release: TeamApl and The Voice Philippines

Last August 18, 2013, Apl invited his mentees from The Voice of the Philippines to his home in Sapang Bato, Pampanga. They visited the students at the National High School where Apl donated classrooms, a computer laboratory, and a recording and music library.

“Involving the team in the foundation is part of mentoring,” explained Apl. “All of us came from nothing. Even though we don’t have much, we go out and help. That’s a good value to have as a musician.” I was further impressed when he admitted, “Medyo pilipit na ang Tagalog ko but I always make sure I have the values I learned growing up in the Philippines.”

By: Ruth Floresco Supports Macarons for a Cause

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By: Adriana Perez H

(Manila, Philippines, July 5, 2013): of The Black Eyed Peas, launched a new partnership between The Foundation (ADAF) and Red Ribbon, in collaboration with Franklin Baker, to build new schools in The Philippines.

“With education, you can be anything. It comes from experience with me having an education that led me to be here, giving back and helping out others.” said Apl at a press conference.

The campaign is called “Macaroons for a Cause”, for every pack of macaroons purchased, which costs P50, P7 goes to ADAF.

“In every classroom, there’s going to be a music program. And we’re going to provide the same equipment that I use in my daily life, in making music”

“I’m proud of my kababayans, and I want to see the youth of the Philippines to compete against the world”, explained

If in 2 years, 2.4 million packs of macaroons are sell, the first classroom will be built in Zamboanga, Philippines, which is reported to be a conflict city, where children grow up around violence and crime.

It is expected that 30 packages will be sell per day, however during the first day of the campaign more than 35 packages were already purchased.

For it is important to get educated to have a better future and quality of life. The Foundation has built 14 classrooms around The Philippines.

Visit any Red Ribbon store to purchase a pack of macaroons only for P50 and you will help the filipino youth to have a better future.


Pictures: at Time For Hope Fundraiser Gala

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By: Adriana Pérez H

MAY 19TH,2013: attended to “Time For Hope Fundraiser Gala” benefiting This Time Foundation And The Foundation at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

During the gala, This Time Foundation honored with the “Spirit of Inspiration Award” for his dedication to rebuilding schools in his native country Philippines.

Allan Pineda aka 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 talked about The 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, among others. All the funds go to The Foundation.

To conclude the special gala, 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.

-Pictures: Foundation joins HELP.PH to raise funds

Blog Post - Apl in TaclobanThe Philippines needs your help!

HELP.PH is a major global campaign to raise funds for the Philippines led by smart and 40 other telcos around the world. The Foundation joined the movement and is raising funds to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

The Typhoon blasted the Philippines with 305 km/h winds and tsunami-like storm surges. There are thousands dead, and more than a million people lacking food, water or shelter.

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If you are in The Philippines, you can make your donations via text messages. If you are outside The Philippines, donate via International Mobile Carriers.’s Phuket event raises B243,600 for typhoon victims

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By: Adriana Pérez H.

(NOV 17TH) made a stop of his “Going Out Tour”, to perform a benefit show in Phuket, Thailand at Xana Beach Club.  All money raised at the event went to the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan.

According to, the event raised B121,800 at the door. Matching funds were also donated by the group’s CSR division, Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF,) to raise the overall contribution for victims of the Philippines disaster to B243,600.


The event was also supported by Inspired Events Phuket, who donated the sound equipment of the night. Phuket-based DJ Kensho warmed up for, who performed a post-sunset set to an excited crowd on Bangtao Beach.


All funds raised for the event went to Give2Asia, a charity that joined to Foundation to raise money online for the victims.

“I like to go with organizations that I feel are hands-on. I feel like when I give, it’s not lost in the system, I’ve been working with Give2Asia for a while now with the Foundation”, explained Apl to PhuketGazette website.

“I thought we [Filipinos] were tough, until this happened. Like I’ve never seen this magnitude of people really starving for days, waiting to get help, “So we are strong, but… we aren’t superhuman. People need food. In a matter of hours… not days.” – JUST GIVE BACK!


If you want to help our brothers and sisters of The Philippines through Foundation, check the foundation facebook page for daily relief events updates and ways to make donations from any part of the world.