MANILA, Philippines – Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas is grateful that his efforts in giving back to his home country is being recognized by award-giving bodies.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Tuesday, apl.de.ap said being named as one of People Asia magazine’s “People of the Year” makes him feel proud to be a Filipino.
|apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas. File photo
“I still feel kind of overwhelmed but it makes me proud that what I’ve been doing in the past couple of years has been recognized. I was a kid and I was given an opportunity that’s why I do what I do – giving back and giving opportunities for the children of the Philippines. I’m blessed to be here,” he said.
Currently, apl.de.ap is actively promoting the education advocacy campaign dubbed “We Can Be Anything.” It aims to address the Philippines’ unending problem with classroom shortage.
“The advocacy is building classrooms throughout Philippines. We build about 16 classrooms this year in Cagayan, Tarlac, Angeles, Bataan. I want to visit Mindanao and I want to visit Iloilo also to keep building more classrooms,” he said.
Done in partnership between the apl.de.ap Foundation and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, “We Can Be Anything” was launched in October 2011.
In a previous interview, apl.de.ap said he has chosen this advocacy because he credits his success to the good quality education that he received.
“There are a lot of kids out there who are really smart, especially Filipino people. We just need an opportunity, a chance to prove that so that is why it is very important for me to give back to the children," he said.
Aside from this, the Filipino-American rapper has also been tapped by Malacañang to promote the "I am for Peace" campaign as National Peace Ambassadors.
The campaign, according to a statement from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, "seeks to engage all sectors of society in sustaining support for the country’s peace process."