It was very cold in Hollywood last night but at Black Eyed Peas' Apl.de.Ap's birthday show at the Vanguard, the atmosphere was warm and fuzzy.
His celebrity guests, including Will.i.am, Taboo, American Idol's AJ Tabaldo and Camille Velasco, Bai Ling, among others, praised the purpose of the event. All the proceeds of the show will go to Asian charitable organizations, including the Philippines.
"All I want for my birthday is for people to help me give more help to our kababayans back home," Apl said at his birthday bash/A.P.L. benefit show.
The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation presented the event. The mission of Apl's organization - A.P.L. or Allan Pineda Lindo - is to provide material, educational and monetary assistance to specific charities in Asia, including the Pearl S. Buck Foundation and Angeles University Foundation, among others. The objective of A.P.L. is to provide the tools for empowerment, progress and self-reliance for underprivileged and marginalized Asian communities.
Apl's best friend and BEP co-founding member had one major wish for the birthday boy.
"I want him to be the president of the Philippines," said will.i.am.
Watch out for my interview with Apl on Balitang America this week.