Apl.de.ap, Dolphy honored at PH arts festival in US

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Sep 11 2012 02:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2012 06:24 PM

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – It was a weekend to honor the past, present, and future of Filipino entertainment at the 21st annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC).

The late comedian Dolphy Quizon was honored with a posthumous artist excellence award. He also received a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate for his years of entertaining the Filipino community.

“I am really honored to accept this for him and I know even if he’s gone he will always live in the hearts of many Filipinos here, all over the world and in the Philippines. I’m really honored to accept this award,” said Dolphy’s daughter Kit Quizon, who received the award with other family members.

One of the most successful Fil-Am musicians around the world, Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, was also given an artist excellence award for his achievements in music, philanthropy and for being an inspiration to other Filipino artists.

“That inspires me more that there’s a lot of Filipinos coming up in the game and looking up to me. I guess I’m the 'kuya' today and I just feel honored,” he said.

Apl will fly out to Manila this week for opening ceremonies for classrooms that his foundation recently built, and meet with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.

The headliners of the FPAC celebration included Filipino reality show stars. Cheesa Laureta, a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” closed the two-day festival which attracted some 20,000 attendees.

She just released the single “I’m Not Perfect” featuring Charice on iTunes. The new release finished 12th on the iTunes chart this week.

Twenty-three-year-old Jason Farol, who finished in 4th place on ABC’s “Duets” as Kelly Clarkson’s singing partner, also wowed the Filipino audience.