Yoko Ono donates $10,000 for 'Pablo' victims

Posted at 01/30/13 5:15 PM

Artist Yoko Ono speaks to the media during an "Artists Against Fracking" bus tour of gas drilling sites in upstate New York and Pennsylvania last January 17. Photo by Laurence Mathieu-Leger, Reuters

MANILA, Philippines -- Yoko Ono, the wife of the late John Lennon of The Beatles, has donated US$10,000 for victims of Typhoon "Pablo" in the Philippines.

The donation was remitted to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo on January 28, according to a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs released on Wednesday.

Ono, who is also an artist and a fashion designer, learned about the disastrous effects of the typhoon in Mindanao following a personal visit she made to the official residence of the Philippine Ambassador to Japan last December 5.

Ono spent her childhood years at 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.

Every time she goes to Japan, 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 Maria Teresa L. Lopez her appreciation for the care the Philippine government has taken to preserve the historic mansion.

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.