Apl.de.ap: “Poverty shouldn’t be a hindrance in getting an education”

OCTOBER 16TH ( Manila Bulletin): Allan Pineda Lindo, more popularly known as apl.de.ap of the Grammy award-winning group Black Eyed Peas, said this when he personally unveiled two newly-built classrooms recently at the Sto. Cristo Elementary School in Concepcion, Tarlac.

“Poverty shouldn’t be a hindrance to one’s dream of success,” apl says.

The Filipino-American musician has committed a total of 10 classrooms in partnership with San Miguel Pale Pilsen, a brand he endorses, through the San Miguel Foundation and Aklat, Gabay, Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa (AGAPP) Foundation.

The pop star also noted that in the Philippines even weather has the power to derail learning, with public school children particularly vulnerable to cancelled classes during typhoon season.

“I feel sorry for our students who often miss their classes during typhoon season. I hope that they take these unfortunate events as a challenge to study harder,” he says.

Apl was accompanied by AGAPP chairperson Pinky Aquino-Abellada and San Miguel Brewery Inc. senior vice president and marketing manager Menlou Bibonia, during the unveiling.

Previously, the apl Foundation and its program partners also turned over two classrooms for the benefit of apl’s alma mater, the Sapang Bato Elementary School in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Four new classrooms were also built for the Pugaan Elementary School in Iligan and Iponan Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro recently. Two more classrooms in Bayawan, Negros Oriental are expected to be completed within the year.

The school building program also includes learning materials for the students and training for school teachers.

 “Be excited to go to school every day.  Go ahead, open that book and if you don’t have one, go to the library. Be resourceful and never stop learning!”

Apl is particularly grateful to his San Miguel Pale Pilsen family for sharing his advocacy in helping the needy.

“I am happy that San Miguel Pale Pilsen and I share a lot of things in common—our pride for the Philippines, our passion for excellence, and our malasakit for our kababayan,” apl says.

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