MANILA – Multi-Award winning songwriter Filipino-American Robert Lopez and his wife found the right opportunity to give back to the Philippines in the benefit concert for super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) victims held earlier this week in New York City.
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez win for their song "Let It Go", best original song for the film "Frozen" at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photo by Lucy Nicholson, Reuters
"I've always identified as Filipino. We know what it's like to sort of go through a devastating weather activity from being in Brooklyn during Hurricane Sandy. It broke our hearts and we're looking for a way to give back," Lopez said.
The couple is behind the hit song "Let It Go" in the Disney movie "Frozen".
The 39-year-old Lopez is the 12th and youngest person to win an E-GOT or an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award in a span of 10 years.
In their own ways, the Lopezes said they are here to help rebuild the typhoon-ravaged areas in Guiuan in Eastern Samar.
"We're really excited to be part of that important rebuilding," said his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Tony Alvarez, co-chair of "Pinoy Relief" benefit concert, said their goal is to raise $5 million that would benefit 55,000 residents of the town Guiuan.
"Over the next six months - 3 basic things: build homes, build schools, buy boats," said Alvarez.
"We'll do whatever we can with this Pinoy Relief endeavor to make sure the people of the Philippines feels that safe is around you," said Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of Dr. Oz Show. -- Report from Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau