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My son and I had the pleasure of taking part in Ayala Mall’s INSPIRE event last night at Greenbelt 5.
Ben and his friend Emilio Aquino were invited by the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation to be onstage with the Black Eyed Peas’
Not a stage mom (more like harassed mom), I wouldn’t have encouraged it due to my packed agenda—if not for whom I truly admire not only for what he’s achieved in the international music industry, but also for his sincerity in embracing his Filipino roots and helping improve the lives of his countrymen.
Well that, plus Ben really likes the Black Eyed Peas.


Spot my kid: he’s the one trying to catch a piece of confetti in his mouth.


So Ben thought they would be asked to dance onstage. He was a bit disappointed that all they had to do was stand and wave a yellow balloon—but of course, that didn’t stop Emilio from doing his trademark jiggy at 3:15.

Did the Coke OFW video make you cry? Listen to the words of this inspiring music video made for the We Can Be Anything Nationwide/Global Education Advocacy Campaign.
Born of a partnership between the Foundation and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, the campaign was conceived after (a.k.a. Allan Pineda) expressed his desire to help improve the education situation in the Philippines.
From his own experience he knew that education is the only long-term ticket to a better life. Unfortunately, millions among the youth are deprived of this ticket to opportunity or drop out of school for a variety of reasons.

To find out how you can help, go to

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