Cebu Daily News - - LIFE - by Cris Evert Lato-Ruf­folo photo by Junjie Mendoza

FILIPINO Amer­i­can singer/rap­per and record pro­ducer Al­lan Pineda Lindo, more pop­u­larly known as apl.de.ap, an­nounced on Tues­day that he will fo­cus on Black Eyed Peas’ releases and world tour this year.

He re­vealed this news in a press con­fer­ence at The Henry Ho­tel Cebu, where he also an­nounced that his foun­da­tion is sup­port­ing the Creative In­no­va­tors Pro­gram of Thames In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness School.

The pro­gram will pro­vide schol­ar­ships for de­serv­ing col­lege stu­dents and work­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

He also said he will not be in the up­com­ing sea­son of “The Voice Philip­pines.”

“I’m al­ways turn­ing my chair for dope voices. The Voice Philip­pines is fam­ily and I’ll al­ways be part of it. For this year I’m fo­cused on the up­com­ing BEP releases and tour,” said apl.

In an email in­ter­view, apl. re­vealed that the BEP World Tour will in­clude the Philip­pines.

“It wouldn’t be a tour with­out stop­ping in the Philip­pines! I think this world tour will be a lot dif­fer­ent than what peo­ple have come to ex­pect,” he said.

Apl said BEP has “grown a lot” since their last tour and that has played a fac­tor about the mu­sic they chose to write and the mes­sages they care to speak about.

“I’m re­ally happy with the kind of mu­sic we’re putting out there right now. I know our fans will love it too,” added Apl.

Prior to the press con­fer­ence held on June 13, Apl met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cebu’s creative sec­tor for an in­for­mal hud­dle.

Apl has high praises for the Ce­buano’s creative in­dus­try de­scrib­ing the tal­ents here as “in­no­va­tive and prag­matic.”

“Not only is the city con­tin­u­ing to make a name for it­self, it’s at­tempt­ing to solve is­sues that plague the world,” he said.

He said Cebu is at a per­fect cross­roads of where art, de­sign, and cre­ativ­ity can be uti­lized as func­tional and aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing.

“There is def­i­nitely some­thing spe­cial hap­pen­ing in Cebu right now,” he said.

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