Metro Manila · Allan "apl.de.ap" Pineda (* 28 November 1974)
As a member of the Black Eyed Peas, Allan Pineda, alias apl.de.ap, is one of the most successful Philippine musicians worldwide. Born in Angeles City, Pampanga, he was adopted by an American family at age 14. Although he is a US citizen, hip hop star and millionaire now, he never forgot about his roots, which makes him an idol for many young Filipinos.
Allan Pineda, born in 1974, grew up in a poor neighborhood of Angeles City, together with six siblings. His mother is a Filipina, his father an African American soldier who was stationed at Clark Airbase. He left the family shortly after Allan's birth. At age 11, supported by a foundation for abandoned and orphaned children, Allan went to the USA for medical treatment of his nystagmus. After visiting Disneyland, he expressed interest in staying in the country. Three years later he was adopted by an American family and moved to the US permanently.
In 1988, at his high school in Los Angeles, he met William Adams. The two became friends and slowly started a carrer as rappers, under the stage names apl.de.ap and Will.I.Am. Finally, after several music projects with changing lineups and band names, they founded the Black Eyed Peas in 1995. But only in 2003 they came to global fame, with Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson joining the band as singer, the release of the Black Eyed Peas' third album 'Elephunk' and with the hit single 'Where is the Love?'. Since then, the Black Eyed Peas released three more bestselling albums with several No.1 hits, making them one of the most successful bands of the last decade.
In several songs, some of them in Tagalog, apl.de.ap sings about his home country and life in the Philippines, most famously in the Song Bebot (Tagalog for Babe) from 2005. Since 2013, apl.de.ap is one of the coaches for the TV casting show The Voice of the Philippines, now running in its second season.