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Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap launches project to help blind Pinoy kids

 

 

He once aspired to be an architect or a nurse. But born with a rare eye condition, teachers gave Allan Pineda Lindo little hope.

You’re blind. What are you going to be when you grow up? Yeah. I’m like ‘You’re right’,” he said.

Lindo grew up to be apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas.

From Grammy Awards to Superbowls and The Voice Philippines, the legally blind artist continues to find ways to help the less fortunate. He unveiled a project to combat blindness in the Philippines. Close to 5,000 premature births in the Philippines result in blindness.

It’s really important for me to support other kids with disability cause I don’t want them to go through what I went through and for them to get discouraged and not pursue their dreams,” he explained.

Under the Apple of My Eye Program, which has partnered with the Campaign for Filipino Children, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Vision Center will work with Philippine hospitals and oversee eye operations and will help train doctors to address eye problems.

We have been in the process of developing an online training program that can be deployed over the internet to train doctors and develop in countries how to diagnose and treat preventable forms of blindness,” said Thomas Lee of the Children’s Hospital in LA.

Apl himself has been seeking treatment, undergoing a surgery nearly two years ago. Though his eye sight is better, he still uses other senses when he performs.

I would say about 5% better cause what they did was inserted a lens in my retina so when the lens is closer to you retina your vision gets better. It’s healthier. I can swim underwater with my eyes open,” he said.

Western Union gave $150,000 to start the project. Apl will raise half a million dollars for the two-year campaign.

Two of his upcoming concerts, including one this weekend in LA’s Greek Theater, will help victims of Typhoon Yolanda, as well as raise funds for his Apple of My Eye Program.

 

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Lea Salonga, Charice, apl.de.ap to lead Kennedy Center concert for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

 

 

Lea Salonga, Charice, and apl.de.ap will lead a star-studded concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on June 15 to raise funds for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that devastated central Philippines last year.

The Washington-based Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) in an e-mail to the Philippines News Agency on Saturday said the concert is an initiative of the Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia.

Grace Valera, MHC co-director, said other Filipino groups such as Philippine Humanitarian Coalition and the US Philippines Society are coordinating activities related to the event to ensure the success of the concert.

Hollywood star Lou Diamond Phillips, whose mother is a Filipino, will also be part of the concert.

In a statement, Valera said: “Every ticket counts as the funds raised will go to typhoon relief programs in the Philippines. This is our opportunity, as a united community in the Capital Region (Washington), to show our continued support.

“Please take a moment to remember that so many Filipinos lost their lives and millions were displaced as a result of typhoon Haiyan. We all know there is a lot of work to do. But, in order to continue the progress that has already been made, we need to find it in our hearts to continue to give what we can. It is a sacrifice on our part, but it is worth it to help improve the livelihood of our brothers and sisters in need. Their current struggle is something that many of us can’t even imagine,” Valera added.

Typhoon Yolanda was the world’s strongest to hit landfall in over 100 years that devastated the islands of Samar and Leyte, particularly Tacloban City, on November 8, 2013, killing over 7,000 people. Other areas in central Visayas were also devastated.

Seven months after, thousands of survivors are still without homes.

The Philippine government with the help of the international community has launched a massive rehabilitation effort.

 

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20 Asian celebs you didn’t know were Asian

 

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Not all Asians look the same. I repeat, not all Asians look the same.

It seems no matter how many times we say it, people simply assume that all Asians share the same physical features. Some believe we all have the same body structure and others even think we all have the same kind of hair.

Of course, we know this is absurd. We know that there are plenty of ethnicities which categorize under the umbrella term “Asian” and we know there are plenty of Asians who are of mixed race. So why do people think all Asians look the alike?

Well it may have a thing or two to do with media’s portrayal of Asians. If audiences have only been exposed to a very particular type of Asian, how can they know we’re all different? This lack of exposure may be the very reason many celebs who are bi-racial or multiracial often become overlooked in the Asian community.

Even if they don’t necessarily “look it,” all of the following celebrities are Asian.

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1) Vanessa Hudgens (Part Filipino, Part Chinese)

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2) Tiger Woods (Part Thai, Part Chinese)

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3) Chad Michael Murray (Quarter Japanese)

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4) Dean Cain (Quarter Japanese)

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5) Nicole Scherzinger (Half Filipino)

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6) Keanu Reeves (Quarter Hawaiian, Quarter Chinese)

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7) Darren Criss (Half Filipino)

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8) Ne-Yo (Quarter Chinese)

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9) Apl.de.ap (Filipino*)

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10) Jennifer Tilly (Half Chinese)

 

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11) Enrique Iglesias (Half Filipino)

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12) Amerie Rogers (Half Korean)

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13) Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Quarter Indonesian)

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14) Kristin Kreuk (Half Chinese)

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15) Kimora Lee Simmons (Half Korean*)

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16) Norah Jones (Half Indian)

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17) Rob Schneider (Quarter Filipino)

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18) Chanel Iman (Half Korean)

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19) Lindsay Price (Half Korean)

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20) Michelle Branch (Quarter Indonesian)

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27 Filipinos on the forefront of the entertainment biz…

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Artists of Filipino descent are on the forefront of the entertainment business… Heck, in the music industry alone, you have Bruno Mars, Enrique Iglesias, Nicole Scherzinger, Allen Pineda (apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas),  Cassie (Cassie Ventura), Oprah/Ellen-fave Charise (Charise Pempengco), Jose Llana (Broadway), and Sharon Leal (Broadway/”Dreamgirls”).

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