Interview: Jennifer Pinneda, apl.de.ap’s sister
Hello everybody, continuing with our mission of bringing the Peas closer to you, we’ve trying to talk with people related to them on any way, giving us a different vision of how things happened.
And today you all will read the interview that we, PortalBlackEyedPeas, made with Jennifer Pinneda, apl.de.ap’s sister. On the interview, she talks about how was their life before the day that apl moved to the US, and how she, as a family member, dealt with it, and how Apl became famous changed not only their family lives, but also the lives of a lot o Philippine people.
PortalBlackEyedPeas.com: Could you tell us a little but about you childhood in the philippines, before apl move to the US, why your family had to take this decision, and how hard it was to leave him.
Jennifer Pinneda: We had a simple life…we lived in Sapangbato Angeles City near to Clark Airbase, my parents used to work as a farmer. I have 6 siblings (5 brothers and 1 sister) I’m the third eldest of the family. At very young age our parents taught us how to be responsible… we helped each other doing house chores, farming, taking care of the animals.
It was a tough decision between Mom and Kuya (brother in tagalong) Allan and for all i know it was Kuya Allan decision to take the opportunity to go and study in the US. He wants to help Mom.. to give us a good life. Of course it was really hard for us especially we are very close to each other. I remember the day he left we are all crying and misses him so much. He promised to come back. We used to pray every day for him.
PortalBlackEyedPeas.com: Thanks god, everything went fine with him and he met Will, and turned from Allen Pineda to Apl.de.ap. How did he help you guys after he achieved success in the whole world?
Jennifer Pinneda: He never forgets us… Whenever we need help he’s always there to support and help us especially in financial problems. He always comes home to be with the family.
PortalBlackEyedPeas.com: He has helped not only his family, but also a lot of people from the Philippines, he has been involved in a lot of social work there, tell us about the projects that he has done.
He has a foundation called Apl Foundation. It is committed in giving back to communities and children within the Philippines and throughout Asia. He also started his own music company called Jeepney Music. Every X’mas he comes home to be with the family and to give reliefs goods (food and money) to all Aeta’s and neighbors. He is very proud of being a FILIPINO.
PortalBlackEyedPeas.com: Recently, a lot of sites and magazines said that apl has a rare disease in his eyes, decease that would make him be considered legally blind, did you know about that for how long?
Jennifer Pinneda: We all known that he had a problem in his eyes since birth mom told us about it… that’s why he’s wearing an eyeglass at young age… but we didn’t know what kind of disease it was. Just recently we found out on the news that it’s called “nystagmus”… hoping that the technologies can find out how to cure it. But Kuya Allan said that nothing to worry about coz for a long time ago he knows how to deal with his eye problem =)
PortalBlackEyedPeas.com: How is to has apl.de.ap as a brother? tell us a about him. do you guys miss him when he is far away from home?
Jennifer Pinneda: He’s sweet and a loving brother to us. A bit conservative sometimes LOL! He’s really responsible. He never forgets us. We are so lucky to have him as a brother and we are all proud of him. I miss him a lot, every day, every hour, every minute.
PortalBlackEyedPeas.com: Some weeks ago, a lot of magazine around the world were saying that apl was havin an affair with KC Concepcion, is that true?
Jennifer Pinneda: Not true. I know Kuya Apl had a crush on KC. Last December before kuya Apl went back to US he invited KC for a friendly date… They’re friends. Just recently on the news Piolo Pascual (an actor from the Philippines) admitted that he and KC have a relationship.
We thank Jennifer for giving us this interview, she was very cool and kind with our crew during this interview. Thanks Jenn!!
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