It’s been more than two years since her passing but Gina Lopez, fierce champion of the environment and children’s rights, lives on in the hearts of those she’s had close encounters with. Honoring her memory recently were members of the ABS-CBN Fellowship which donated a portrait of the former DENR chief to the Gina Lopez Building located inside the ABS-CBN Compound in Quezon City. The gesture was the group’s way to commemorate the recent 25th anniversary of Bantay Bata 163, which Lopez founded in 1997.
The portrait is called “Touch the Sky,” and is the work of artist Kristine Lim. For Lim, Lopez’s legacy lies not in her name nor the foundations she started, or in the media company her persona remains connected to. “I believe that the legacy of Ms. Gina Lopez lies in the lives of the people whom she was able to touch. Through her, a lot of people were able to feel that they can touch the sky,” says Lim. “She's not just the kind of woman who did things in a good way. She did them in a godly way. Because of that, she was able to move and transform lives; and those lives are her true legacy.”
Gina’s siblings Ernie Lopez and Berta Lopez-Feliciano witnessed the portrait’s unveiling, along with ABSCBN Fellowship members Linggit Tan Marasigan, Lita Teodosio, and Dyan Castillejo-Garcia who served as host during the anniversary celebration. The portrait was donated by ABS-CBN Fellowship members with the cooperation of Art Lounge Manila. In line with the event, Jonathan Manalo, the Creative Director of ABS-CBN Music, shared a collaboration project with Lim, the details of which will be revealed soon.