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FEB.

21, 2013

NR # 3022

House to honor Yoko Ono


The House of Representatives will honor Yoko Ono for her generous donation to the victims of Typhoon Pablo amounting to $10,000 (Php 406,250). In House Resolution 3020, Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) expressed the gratitude of the House of Representatives to the widow of Beatles legend John Lennon for her grant and for her noble projects in the Philippines. This Resolution is a token of the Philippine governments appreciation for the supreme acts of charity and generosity that Ms. Ono has done and continues to do in furtherance of the welfare of schoolchildren, disaster victims and those similarly marginalized in our body polity, Castelo said. Castelo said Ono, who is an established musical artist and fashion designer, remitted her donation to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo on January 28, 2013. She learned about the disastrous effects of Pablo in Mindanao following a personal visit she made to the official residence of the Philippine Ambassador to Japan on December 5, 2012, Castelo added. Castelo said Ono spent her childhood years in a residence, an Iberian-style mansion built in 1934 owned by her uncle Iwajiro Yasuda. It was then sold to President Jose P. Laurel and was subsequently acquired by the Philippine Government after World War II. Castelo said Ono conveyed to Ambassador Manuel Lopez her appreciation for the care the Philippine government has taken to preserve the historic mansion. In return, Ono, as part of her charitable activities of assisting schoolchildren in the country, thought of donating to the Typhoon Pablo victims. This is not to mention her other contribution in the wake of Tropical storm Ondoy in 2009, where she donated Php 2.5-Million, Castelo said. A copy of this Resolution should be sent to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and another copy for Ms. Yoko Ono as a token of the Philippine governments appreciation for her charitable projects in the country, Castelo said. (30) lvc