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Tip for young musicians: Make new stuff, take risks

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APL.DE.AP in the music video “Do the Moves.”

The past year saw apl.de.ap shuttling between the Philippines and the United States, juggling commitments and projects. When he’s in the country, the Filipino-American Black Eyed Peas member makes it a point to lend a hand—providing learning facilities in the provinces through his namesake foundation, or visiting victims of natural calamities.

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Slapshock to celebrate PH culture in the US

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Local rock band Slapshock is embarking on an exciting new venture abroad.

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Metal nourishes Slapshock, first band under apl’s label

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SLAPSHOCK (From left) Jerry Basco,  Chi Evora, Jamir Garcia, Leandro Ansing and Lee Nadela

“Nervous” is not a word that would readily be used to describe Jamir Garcia, soft-spoken vocalist of the rap-metal band Slapshock. But with potential international stardom on the horizon for the local group after signing with apl.de.ap’s startup label Jeepney Music, the frontman can’t help feeling like a newbie again, after 16 active years in [...]

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apl.de.ap joins efforts to build more schools

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APL.DE.AP RICHARD REYES

What feels better than taking home a Grammy? For The Black-Eyed Peas’ Allan Pineda Lindo Jr., more popularly known as apl.de.ap, it’s seeing less-fortunate children get proper education and, therefore, a chance for a better life.

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HEARD: Sincere, savvy, swag advice

Apl.de.ap. photo: Richard reyes

Apl.de.ap, asked about his coaching style on ABS-CBN’s coming talent search “The Voice of the Philippines”: “Definitely truthful. [I’ll give] constructive criticism. And…you know, Imma give you a little swag, you know what I’m sayin’?

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apl.de.ap rumored fourth coach

APL.DE.AP. Photo by RUBEN NEPALES

Filipino-American rapper apl.de.ap is said to be the fourth coach-judge of the coming ABS-CBN reality show “The Voice of the Philippines.” A Kapamilya blog site quoted apl.de.ap.’s Huffington Post interview in which he said he had received an offer for a TV show. A highly placed source said the fourth coach is “a music industry bigwig…as in hebigats.

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More than just a boy who turned out well

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APL Sige!

Who among us isn’t familiar with the story of a kid from a poor town who miraculously finds himself in the Land of Plenty, eking out a living? Except that this one is recited in a hip-hop monster hit.

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E.R. hopes ‘El Presidente’ will replicate success of ‘Asiong’

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NORA Aunor as Maria Agoncillo in ‘El Presidente’

E.R. Ejercito is at it again. After bagging numerous awards for “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story,” he’s all fired up for his 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, “El Presidente.”

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Volunteer ‘ambassadors’ urge: Give peace a chance

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President Benigno Aquino III with (from left) Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles, peace ambassador-volunteer apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas and Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman during the launch of the “I am for peace” campaign held Friday at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañang Place. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Malacañang photo bureau

Amid fresh outbreaks of sectarian violence in the Middle East, President Benigno Aquino III on Friday rallied Filipinos to do their part in bringing peace to the country, which is still wracked by Muslim secessionism and communist insurgency.

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‘Harana’ in Hollywood

APL.DE.AP. Photo by RUBEN NEPALES

Serenaders discovered during the filming of Benito Bautista’s docu, “Harana,” made their international concert debut at the Hollywood Bowl on July 8. The Harana Kings were invited by Apl.de.ap to perform in the concert, which celebrates global Filipino music. Other performers included Ogie Alcasid, Dessa, Kayamanan ng Lahi, Martin Nievera, Sandwich, Nicole Scherzinger and the Rondalla Club of Los Angeles. “Harana” premieres locally at the Cinemalaya fest this month.

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Ogie, Martin in Apl’s LA concert

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MARTIN Nievera and Ogie Alcasid near their dressing room door at Hollywood Bowl. INSTAGRAM PHOTO

Ogie Alcasid is all revved up for apl.de.ap’s concert for Pinoys at Hollywood Bowl.

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A great ‘Pilipino’ weekend

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APL.DE.AP. Photo by RUBEN NEPALES

Last weekend was full of P’s. Three “Pixnoys” (Filipinos who work at Pixar) showed up at the San Francisco launch of my book, “My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood,” recently.

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