Apl.de.Ap Foundation’s ‘Rebuild Philippines’ concert a smashing success

Myrna Aquitana_LighthouseOn a perfect moonlit-night last Sunday, June 8th the packed Greek Theatre presented Apl. de. Ap Foundation’s lengthy five-hour fundraiser entitled: “Rebuild Philippines,” hosted by the always charming and perky Fil-Am KTLA-TV newsanchor, Cher Calvin in her stunning metallic gold and black cocktail dress,

In partnership with the Apl.de.Ap Foundation, the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and Western Union both co-sponsored the event which was directed by the multi-talented Ted Benito.

In their opening acts, the trio – Apl (whose real name is Alan Pineda Lindo, was born and raised in Pampanga), Will.I.Am  (real name is William Adams) and Taboo (real name Jaime Gomez) reminisce their humble beginnings in East LA.and pumped up the audienc ewith their hit song “Let’s Get It Started.”

Now it’s time for them to “give back” particularly to the survivors of Haiyan, whom Apl had visited three weeks right after the typhoon struck Eastern Visayas last year.

Among the line-up of numerous entertainers who performed in this fundraiser, we were most impressed by a rising 13-year old  singer/songwriter/pianist named Miguel Antonio, who sang a very meaningful song he composed dedicated to the boy whom he saw on TV “survived the typhoon by clinging to a tree branch.”

Black-Eyed-Peas-Apl.de_.Ap-will.i.am-And-Taboo-Reunite-To-Rebuild-Philippines-550x550Other notable performers were: Jabbawokeez, the popular Asian hip-hop dance crew who currently headlines at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas with their signature whilte gloves, masks and electrifying acrobatic antics; Jokoy, currently a well-known Fil Am stand-up comic whose real name is Joseph Glenn Herbert, is originally from the State of Washington; the four Jazmin sisters; AJ Rafael, the promising young artists/singing group called “We the Future.” and the Fil-Harmonic singing group.

Toward the end of the show, the packed audience didn’t want to leave. Everyone wanted to stayin an overtime party mood, jamming with the Black Eyed Peas including Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim and his wife Fides who were seated right in front of the stage singing along “having a good good time” and ending the night with a chorus of the group’s multi-awarded song “I Gotta Feelin!”

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