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Greenwich, CT | Added on March 02, 2014 At 10:32 PM

He says he's translating music into dollars. 

"Charity. The money doesn't belong to me. Does not belong to me. It belongs to the people, particularly people who need money. Charity." said Maestro Pierluigi Sampietro.

Maestro Pierluigi Sampietro brought his talent to Greenwich playing a concert presented by the Connecticut Association of Filipino & American Families, Inc., benefitting reliefs efforts for those affected in the Philippines after being hit by Typhoon Haiyan in November. 

"The purpose of this program is to raise funds for the victims of the Filipino Typhoon Haiyan. It was very devasting and lots of Filipino families and people there have been displaced," said Romeo Somodio, President of the Connecticut Association of Filipino & American Families, Inc.

As of last month, an estimated 1,785 are still missing from the world's worst storm of 2013.

"We have a specific program; housing of the dislocated people over there and it's a program of our Consul General," said Somodio.

Consul General of the Philippines Mario de Leon says local support is still necessary to rebuild the Philippines.

"There are about 16 million people that were affected. That's about 4 million families and what we know is that 4 million people are also dislocated. I just came from the devastated provinces last week and I saw the devastation personally. While relief continues to pour into the provinces and to the affected people, I think a lot of help is still needed both for relief recovery and rehabilitation said de Leon.

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