MANILA – A childhood dream fulfilled.
Black Eyed Peas member and prouf Pinoy apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo in real life) opened his first Jollibee franchise in Dau McArthur, Pampanga on February 7, Saturday.
The Pampanga native recalled his childhood on his official Facebook page as he posted photos of the store’s opening.
“Since I was a young boy, I always pointed at Jollibee and my mom would say, ‘Anak, we need this money for your siblings also so next time na lang.’ And then one day, she finally took me into Jollibee and I think I lost my mind! I thought: ‘Oh my God, did this happen?'” he wrote.
In an interview with entertainment site PUSH, he shared how he made his dream a reality.
“It’s been a dream of mine for years now,” apl shared.
“I got to meet the chairman and I jokingly asked him that growing up I couldn’t afford to get Jollibee and it’s a product that I grew up with and I truly cherish. I just asked simply and they kindly granted me with one so it’s a dream come reality at this point,” he said.
Aside from being his long-time dream, he also hopes his franchise could help others.
“[I want] to create employment and I thought it would be the most stable thing that could help out others,” he said.
He has high hopes for his news business venture, with plans to open another one in Pampanga and some stores in the United States.
“If hopefully this does well, then we can have one there, too. There’s always a future for other places,” apl said, referring to Sapang Palay, his hometown.
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