Black Eyed Peas Star apl.de.ap Talks Charity & Gives Madonna Super Bowl Advice (PHOTOS)

Amanda Hasaka / December 14, 2011

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Tuesday night was a night of celebration for Black Eyed Peas star apl.de.ap, and not just because it was his birthday party!

The singer from the hit group held a bash at the Conga Room in LA, which combined his birthday and the launch of the education campaign “We Can Be Anything.” The campaign is a joint effort between his apl.de.ap Foundation and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, which will raise funds to build 10,000 classrooms in the Philippines, where the pop star is from.

Apl.de.ap’s Foundation is all about education, so Celebuzz asked him what kind of student he was growing up:

“I was pretty good. I was half and half. I had some challenges when it came to my vision but I tried my best when it came to school. I wasn’t the perfect kid, I had my moments but it’s still important to instill to kids that education is very important and not to take it lightly.”

When asked about his favorite subject, he said, “English, because when I found out I was being adopted from the Philippines, I wasn’t really fluent in English. I was nervous so my mom told me to start reading a dictionary. Then when I got here I was all about Nick at Nite and Mr. Ed and music too. Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul — they pretty much taught me how to speak English too.”

Tons of stars came to support (and celebrate!) including his BEP bandmates Fergie (who brought hubby Josh Duhamel along), Taboo, JoJo and many more.

We talked about the big year that the Black Eyed Peas have had, and when we asked what would make his 2011 highlight reel, he replied:

“Just the whole year, it was just a great year. We were touring the world, and also the Super Bowl. I mean really, like we we’re coming down from the scoreboard, nobody has done that before. It’s one of America’s favorite pastimes and you go back in history looking at who played, and it’s cool to be part of that.”

We also asked if he had words of wisdom for 2012’s big halftime show performer, Madonna, to which he said:

“Just make sure the sound from the TV and the sound is synced up together! [laughs].”