On Tonight with Boy Abunda, environmentalist, philanthropist, and former DENR secretary Gina Lopez shared how her love for nature is rooted on her practicing meditation.
“I think it’s actually increased many, many, many times over. And I think that actually comes from meditation. Because when you meditate you go inside your quiet, you go inside. And when you make the mind still, you can feel more. Mas mafe-feel mo yung tao, you feel the suffering more, and if you feel people you can’t not feel the environment because it goes together.”
Having held the position for almost a year, Ms. Gina realized how truly difficult it was to stay in politics. She shared, “When (President) Duterte offered me the job, na-feel ko yung puso ng bansa. And I felt, if I could stay true, baka pwede. So when I went on, I would sit everyday and meditate with someone and we were saying that the most important thing is that I stay true.
“So given that, the effort to stay true, I think I’ve come out stronger because it’s really hard in politics. It’s magulo,” she mused.
Her controversial confirmation hearings were highly publicized and much talked about. “There were people there on the Commission of Appointments that I knew personally, and I said, what happened? It’s like, I don’t know, politics really does something. It’s a dimension of politics that does something to you and the biggest issue I have with politics is what you see is not what you get.
“It’s like, if you talk to me, I’ll tell you how I feel. If I don’t like, I don’t like. But dito parang you never know what is right and wrong. They will say something pero iba pala ang gagawin.”
With her passion for the environment and economic development is the foundation for her upcoming TV show, G Diaries. “You want to show hope, you want to show stories, you want to let people want to go there so that the community benefits, and you want to give hope – that’s what it’s all about.”
The series is written and directed by Will Harper, a director of Oprah and Good Morning America