Local celebrities and online personalities took to social media to mourn the death of former Environment Secretary and ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. chairperson Gina Lopez who died on Monday, August 19, due to multiple organ failure.
She was 65.
A children's rights advocate, Gina is known for founding the Bantay Bata 163, a social welfare program that is dedicated to rescuing young victims of abuse.
As a staunch environmentalist, she had been lauded for her efforts to rehabilitate the Pasig River and La Mesa Watershed, shut down illegal mining operations, and stop the destruction of the environment, among others.
She also established Investments in Loving Organizations for Village Economies (iLOVE) Foundation, which aims to promote local ecotourism opportunities for rural communities.
In wake of her death, there will be a memorial service for the public at the La Mesa Eco Park on August 22 to 23. Viewing time is from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Local stars such as Charo Santos-Concio, Ogie Alcasid, and "Kuya" Kim Atienza remembered Gina as they shared their messages and photos with the well-known philanthropist and environmentalist on their respective social media accounts.
This is how I will remember my dear friend, Gina... always so passionate ❤️ When she is on to something, she will definitely do it with all her heart, mind and soul, whatever it takes. When she would tell me her vision... the next thing I know, she’s already in the field doing something about it. No wasted time... no wasted opportunities... for the love of the people, the country and the environment. Gina, may your selfless heart inspire many more!!! Thank you for the unconditional love ❤️ Rest now, my friend! ❤️ #MaramingSalamatGinaLopez
"KUYA" KIM ATIENZA
I love you dear friend. You will be missed.— kim atienza (@kuyakim_atienza) August 18, 2019
Ma-ris. That’s what she would call me and would laughingly correct herself all the time. She was greeting everyone with her genuine smile and her bright pink suit when I first saw her. She gave us a talk about how she wanted to make the world a better place. She served us vegan for lunch right after and made sure everyone in the room was well-accommodated. We never felt intimidated but we surely felt at home in her office. We all left feeling inspired and with smiles on our faces. And I am sure that’s how she left the world too. Thank you for your leadership Ma’am Gina Lopez. You helped a lot of people. May you rest in peace. ❤️
A LIFE WELL LIVED 🙏🏻 Salute to Gina Lopez for choosing to live a life full of passion, joy & love. Her energy, strength & positivity is such an inspiration. We LOVE YOU Gina 💞 You are AMAZING GRACE until your last days #kapamilya pic.twitter.com/jgsLp11NVW— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) August 18, 2019
I have never met someone that was so driven by her passions. Someone who understood that even in front of adversity, we are the change that we want to see in the world. A staunch champion for thousands of voiceless communities and an infallible protector of the environment. Mother Nature personified, Gina leaves behind a legacy that we should all be inspired by, urging us to become better and help out, in whatever little ways we can, to improve the lives of everyone in our country. I spent just 4 days with her in Tawi Tawi and in that small amount of time, we had already spoken about grand plans, to a point where I was left confused by where to start. She woke up earlier than everyone else and met with community leaders, later than the rest of us. She taught us that it's all about moving forward, knowing that the race will never truly end, content with the impact we leave along the way. Like rays of sunshine, your energy will continue to stir our souls, even on the cloudiest days.
JUAN MIGUEL SEVERO
Rest in power, Miss Gina Lopez. Thank you for your passion.— Juan Miguel Severo 🏳️🌈 (@TheRainBro) August 18, 2019