Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Repost: Environmentalist and Philanthropist Gina Lopez Dies

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Filipino philanthropist and environmentalist Gina Lopez died on Monday due to multiple organ failure. She was 65.

Lopez was the long-time chairperson of ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI) and was a former Environment Secretary.

"Gina was the pillar of strength that pushed AFI to achieve what seemed to be impossible. Her caring heart and selfless kind of love inspired people within and beyond the organization to help and serve others," ABS-CBN said in a statement.

"While we mourn with Gina’s family and loved ones, we also pray that her legacy continues to live on in the heart of every Kapamilya she had touched in her lifetime.

"We will never forget her and will continue to honor her remarkable contributions not only to ABS-CBN, but the entire nation.

"Thank you Gina, for showing us how it is to live in the service of the Filipino," ABS-CBN said. 

The company's chairman, Mark Lopez, also mourned the loss of the staunch environmentalist and children's rights advocate.

"Today, we lost not just a family member but a person we deeply admire and respect," the ABS-CBN Corp Chairman said in a statement.

Mark Lopez is a cousin of the former Environment Secretary.

"At an age when people are just figuring out what they want to do in life, she already knew her purpose. She left a comfortable life to devote her time and energy to help uplift other people’s lives," Mr. Lopez said. 

"When she returned to join ABS-CBN, she instilled in her people the same drive to help. For her, nothing cannot be done, no effort is too small, anybody can — and should — do their part in making the world a better place.

Mr. Lopez lauded his cousin for her efforts to rescue victims of child abuse, save a watershed, stop the destruction of the environment, clean a river, and help communities stand on their own by turning them into eco-tourism sites.

Gina Lopez became known for her work in rehabilitating the Pasig River and La Mesa Watershed and shutting down mining operations found to have violated environmental laws.

"All of these she did out of love, and with love, as she believed love to be the strongest force for change.

"We will miss Gina’s light, as a private person, as a leader, and as a crusader. While she left us a void that cannot be filled, we take comfort in knowing that with love, like she had shown us, there remains hope and beauty in the world we live in.

ABS-CBN Foundation Inc also remembered the zeal of the institution's founder.

"Gina Lopez was a champion for the environment, child protection, and the disadvantaged. She exemplified a life of service to humanity with a deep desire to improve people’s lives, rallied for social justice, and sought to bring hope and change to poor communities," AFI said in a statement.

As an advocate for children's rights, she founded the Bantay Bata 163, a helpline devoted to reports of cases of child abuse. 

She also established Investments in Loving Organizations for Village Economies (iLOVE) Foundation, which aims to lift communities out of poverty through the creation of environmentally conscious businesses at the grassroots level.

Lopez was the sister of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Gabby Lopez and daughter of "Kapitan" Eugenio Lopez, Jr.

In lieu of flowers and mass cards, the family requests that donations be made to the ABS-CBN Foundation. There will be a public viewing at the La Mesa Eco Park on Aug. 22 to 23.

53 comments:

  1. Salamat mam gina..

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    1. Philippines's Mother Nature , Paalam po at Maraming Salamat..

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    2. Tama. Salamat Madam. Kakampi siya ng kalikasan, kabataan, kababaihan at masang Pilipino. Nanindigan para sa tama. This is sad. But what a life well lived. Bravo Madam.

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    3. eto yung pilipinong handang magsilbi sa kapwa kahit walang sweldo or wala sa posisyon, eto yung dapat role model ng mga nasa nasa gobyerno, daming pedeng machugi, pede naman yung mga display lang na govt official, sya pa. so sad.

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    4. Mayaman pero may pakialam sa mga tao at sa kalikasan.A life well lived.

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  2. RIP to one great woman

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    1. A great woman indeed. May God grant her eternal rest.

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  3. A great loss for the Philippines and for the environment. Rest in peace, Madame 😢

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  4. Sad to hear this happening. She's still young at 65. Does any know what caused her organ failure?

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    1. Actually it is very predictable. We are born, we live for while, we die.

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  6. A very empowered and inspiring woman. RIP Miss Gina Lopez. May your legacy lives on!

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  7. G Diaries will never be the same without her. I don’t see anyone as passionate and sincere as her in caring for our Mother Earth.

    RIP Ms. Gina :(

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  8. This is really suprising and sad. She's a great woman. Rest in peace.

    Ps: if nireincarenate ni God, sana gwin sya diwata ng kalikasan para macontinue nya ang passion nya habang nabubuhay sya

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  9. RIP Ms Gina Lopez 😔🙏

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  10. It will take a long time before we will find another steward of the environment like her. RIP.

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  11. Rest In Peace ! Philippines has lost an earth warrior! I pray that all your hard work of cleaning our environment will never be put to waste . You will always be remembered for your contribution to our society.

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  12. Rest in Peace, Ms. Gina. A true philanthrophist. Bantay Bata and ABSCBN foundation are her legacies. Even yung ABSCBN Ball are for bantay bata. She was supposed to be honored and given a tribute on the upcoming ball this September

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    1. don't forget Sine Skwela

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    2. andami nyang magagandang nagawa. her legacy lives on

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  13. Rest in paradise Ms. Gina, you are now free from pain, God has a new angel up there in heaven 🙏🙏🙏

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  14. Isa ito sa mga taong hinahangaan ko. Napigilan ang pagmimina sa aming probinsya sa mindoro dahil sa knya. Rest in peace mam Gina. Sayo ko natutunan kung paano pahalagahan ang kalikasan., at paano sa simple mga gawin makakatulong sa kumunidad. naispired ako sa kwento mo.

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  15. This is sad. Grabe ang passion ni Madam sa pagtulong and to empower people. Sana meron pang sumunod sa yapak nya. RIP.

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  16. Gina died last week. Friday. Perhaps they’re still trying to figure some things out.

    Rest in peace to a great woman and environment advocate.

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    1. Fake news po. My friend is one of her nurse. She expired early morning yesterday at around 4am.

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  17. Salamat at paalam mahal na DENR secretary.

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  18. You are now an angel Ms Gina.

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  19. This made me really sad. RIP Ms. Gina.

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  20. Nakakalungkot yung pagkawala mo. Isang mabuting tao, mapagmahal sa mhirap at kalikasan. You are such an inspiration. Rest in peace.

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  21. Bakit nga ba kung sino pa ang kailangan ng bayan sila pa ang nauuna? Haay. Nakaka lungkot na balita talaga.

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  22. Miss Gina, your work and love for the environment and the .Filipino people will forever remain in our hearts. You will be missed.

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  23. Rest in peace Miss Gina. Kahit di ko sya kilala personally, sobrang lungkot at naiyak ako sa tribute ng tv patrol kanina sa kanya. Sana wag kalimutan at ipagpatuloy lahat ng nagawa nya para sa buong bansa.

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  24. She is a champion for the environment.Binangga niya ang mining companies na hindi pa nagawa ng kahit sino.

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    1. 12:48 dun nya rin ako pinahanga ng sobra. Sya lang nakagawa ng ganun. Sadly, mga gutom na buwitre ang nasagasaan nya.

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  25. Nagtaka ako nung una kung bakit hindi siya kumandidatong senador.Kaya pala may sakit na.Mabuting tao si Gina,pinaglaban niya ang environment.

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  26. Rest in peace Ms Gina. You are truly an inspiration.

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  27. haay bat ba kasi di sya ang inappoint na DENR secretary?! nakaka lungkot naman

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    1. di inaprubahan ng commission on appointments ang pag-appoint sa kanya ni digong. ang ibang congressmen kasi e stockholders o real owners ng mining companies na binangga ni ms. gina.

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    2. Napasara kasi niya ang mining companies

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    3. When money talks ang nangyari. Mismo si presidente ang nagsabi. Sayang si talaga si Gina.

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  28. I just lost my mom 2 months ago as well and I feel for her family. This would be hard, but I wish them strength to move forward. May she rest in peace.

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    1. Sorry for your loss, sis. Carry on, your mom is guiding you from heaven.

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  29. Kaya pala replay na lang ang program nya kada sabado na pinapanood ko about difft places na dinidevelop nya, sick na pala siya. Im sad tho at peace na she is with the Great Creator na.

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  30. Rip po mam Gina.

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  31. Ito yung mayaman na may pakialam sa Bayan at Kalikasan.RIP.

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  32. Whaaaat???? Grabe

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  33. RIP sana may magtuloy ng maayos sa mga project mo po.

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  34. There was a time when people ridiculed her for her ideas and her actions. She is a woman of passion, and nothing stops her. Not what people are going to say. Even cancer didn't - she kept on going. She is a rich woman who can easily choose to just rest easy - spend her money traveling, indulging in luxuries she can easily afford. But no, she chose to do things for the community, she chose to do something for the environment - that she would probably knew she could not benefit from for a long time (I'm sure she already knew how sick she was). Yet she did it with such gusto, she poured her time and resources to her cause. Truly admirable this woman.

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  35. Sana magkaroon pa ng mga ibang tao like Gina.One of a kind.

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  36. Kiana, please look up to Miss Gina.

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