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Black Eyed Peas rapper to open studio-library at HAU

International rap artist apl.de.ap of the Grammy Award-winning group Black Eyed Peas will open an apl.de.ap music studio and library at Holy Angel University on and Sapangbato on Wednesday, March 2.


The music studio and library is apl.de.ap’s outreach program for musically inclined children who cannot afford formal schooling. The project was hatched by the Ayala Foundation, Inc. and the Philippine Development Foundation in cooperation with the artist, the University and the Department of Education –Division of Angeles City.


The rap artist, who is Allan Pineda Lindo in real life, is a native of Sapangbato, Angeles City and a former student of Holy Angel University.


Aside from apl.de.ap, University President Arlyn S. Villanueva and Ayala Foundation President Vicky Garchitorena are expected to speak during the opening ceremonies for the new music studio and library.


“We are happy that an international celebrity of apl.de.ap’s stature is giving back to his community,” Dr. Villanueva said. “Holy Angel is his alma mater so we are happy and thankful, especially to Ayala Foundation, for giving us this opportunity to be part of this exciting project.”


Poor but musically inclined children from Pampanga, especially those coming from Sapangbato, are the target beneficiaries of the project, according to Norielyn Pineda, head of the University’s community extension program.


“There are many future apl.de.aps just waiting to be discovered out there,” Pineda said. “All they need is the opportunity to polish their raw talent. We hope that our partnership with apl.de.ap and the Ayala Foundation will open the door for these promising young singers and performers.”


The rap artist is also expected to perform with HAU students during the program at the University Theatre on March 2.


Date Posted: 03-02-2011