Yoko Ono Donates US$10,000 to “Pablo” Victims

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez and Madame Maria Teresa L. Lopez flank Ms. Yoko Ono in a photo taken in December 2012.

Yoko Ono, wife of the late John Lennon of the famed “Beatles” and herself an established musical artist and also a fashion designer, donated US$ 10,000 for victims of typhoon “Pablo” (international name: Bopha) in the Philippines.

Ms. Ono learned about the disastrous effects of typhoon “Pablo” in Mindanao following a personal visit she made to the official residence of the Philippine Ambassador to Japan on 5 December 2012.

Ms. Ono spent her childhood years at the residence, an Iberian-style mansion built in 1934 which used to be owned by her uncle Iwajiro Yasuda. It was sold to President Jose P. Laurel, and was subsequently acquired by the Philippine Government after World War II.

When she comes to Japan, Ms. Ono finds time to visit the residence to reminisce about her childhood. During her visit to the residence last December, she conveyed to Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez and Madame Maria Teresa L. Lopez her appreciation for the care the Philippine Government has taken to preserve the historic mansion.

Ms. Ono’s charitable activities include assisting schoolchildren in the Philippines. She also made a contribution for disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of typhoon “Ondoy” in 2009.