Spread the love for reading, inspire your kids to aim high, and help the underprivileged kids--that's hitting three birds with one stone.
You, of course, have heard the Black Eyed Peas songs, and that one of them is a Filipino-American musician Allan Pineda Lindo, more popularly known as apl.de.ap. When news broke about his ethnicity, the nation celebrated his group’s global success. Their chart-topping songs and Grammy awards is testament to the talent of Filipinos. What’s more compelling is that he is one proud Pinoy.
What you may not know is that apl.de.ap didn’t exactly have it easy growing up. He grew up poor in a humble barrio in the Philippines, had bad eyesight that made studying and sports a challenge, and he never knew his biological father.
In hisnew children’s book,What’s Ap?: The Life Story of apl.de.ap, he details all of his struggles and triumphs. It’s the newest addition to Summit Books’ Dream Big Books, an imprint of Summit Books that inspires children to aim for the sky, be their best self, and change the world we live in for the better by sharing the life stories of Filipino role models. Other Dream Big books are Simply Jesse, which recounts the life of former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, and Princess Lea, which reveals how Lea Salonga became the internationally respected performer she is today.
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What’s Ap? traces the musician’s journey from humble beginnings in Angeles, Pampanga to fame and success on an international scale with The Black Eyed Peas. The book is written by Yvette Fernandez, illustrated by Ray Sunga, and developed with apl.de.ap and his mom. The book imparts in kids that perseverance, gratitude, and never forgetting one’s roots can go a long way.
If you still haven’t thought of a gift to give kiddos this holiday season, choose the gift of spreading the love for reading and books. With this book, you’re also paying it forward.
Summit Books will give all proceeds from What’s Ap? to the apl.de.ap Foundation. National Book Store will donate 5% of its net sales from the book, while author Yvette Fernandez has donated her professional fee to the foundation as well.
The goals of the apl.de.ap Foundation of which are to help build classrooms, send children to school, and provide medical help to children with eye problems. The foundation recently completed classrooms in Zamboanga, and is giving 14 worthy scholars the gift of education that they—and every child— deserve.
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Now, that’s what this season is really about.
What’s Ap? is now available in newsstands, bookstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide for only P125. For updates and more information, like Summit Books on Facebook via Facebook.com/SummitBooks and follow on Instagram via @summit.books.