FULL TEXT: Statements from ABS-CBN on the passing of Gina Lopez

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2019 06:42 AM | Updated as of Aug 19 2019 12:14 PM

MANILA -- We are printing in full, statements from ABS-CBN on the passing of philanthropist and environmentalist Gina Lopez.

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.

STATEMENT OF ABS-CBN ON THE PASSING OF GINA LOPEZ (ENGLISH)

The whole ABS-CBN family profoundly mourns the passing of Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez, chairman of ABS-CBN Foundation.

With Gina’s passing, we lost a fervent advocate of children’s rights and protection, a passionate proponent of sustainable livelihood among the underprivileged, and an unswerving champion for environment preservation.

Her tireless commitment to these advocacies gave birth to Bantay Bata 163, Bantay Kalikasan, and other programs under ABS-CBN Foundation. Before serving as Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission chairperson and as Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary, she also pushed for numerous campaigns and projects, including Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig, No To Mining in Palawan, the reforestation of the La Mesa Watershed, and the TV program “G Diaries” – all of which made a lasting impact on communities.

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.

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.


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PAHAYAG NG ABS-CBN SA PAGPANAW NI GINA LOPEZ (FILIPINO)


Lubos na nagdadalamhati ang ABS-CBN sa pagpanaw ng chairman ng ABS-CBN Foundation na si Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez.

Sa pagpanaw ni Gina, kasamang namaalam ang isang maalab na tagapangalaga ng karapatan at proteksyon ng mga bata, masugid na tagapagsulong ng kabuhayan ng mga kapus-palad, at isang matibay na pundasyon ng pangangalaga sa kalikasan.

Ang walang-pagod niyang pagsusulong sa mga adbokasiyang ito ang naging dahilan para mabuo ang Bantay Bata 163, Bantay Kalikasan, at iba pang programa sa ilalim ng ABS-CBN Foundation. Bago siya nagsilbi bilang chairperson ng Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission at kalihim ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources, isinulong din niya ang hindi mabilang na mga kampanya at proyekto, kabilang na ang Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig, No To Mining in Palawan, La Mesa Watershed reforestation, at ang TV program na “G Diaries” – na lahat ay nag-iwan ng hindi malilimutang pagbabago sa mga komunidad.

Si Gina ang sandigan ng lakas na nagtulak sa AFI na maisagawa ang mga bagay na tila ba imposible. Ang puso at pagmamahal niya ang nagbigay ng inspirasyon sa mga tao sa loob at labas ng organisasyon na tumulong at magsilbi sa kapwa.

Kasabay ng aming pakikiramay sa pamilya at mahal sa buhay ni Gina, ipinagdarasal din namin na manatiling buhay ang kanyang alaala sa puso ng bawat Kapamilya.

Hindi namin siya malilimutan at patuloy naming tatanawin ang kanyang mga kontribusyon hindi lamang sa ABS-CBN, kundi sa buong bansa.

Maraming salamat Gina, sa pagpapakita sa amin kung paano mabuhay nang naglilingkod sa Pilipino.


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OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF ABS-CBN CHAIRMAN MARK LOPEZ 
ON THE PASSING OF GINA LOPEZ

Today, we lost not just a family member but a person we deeply admire and respect.

My cousin Gina Lopez, chairman of ABS-CBN Foundation, lived her life with overflowing love and passion to serve. 

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. 

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.

Like only she could, she would unite private organizations, local government units, the police and military, to join her projects and campaigns. May it be to rescue victims of child abuse, save a watershed, stop the destruction of the environment, clean a river, or help communities stand on their own by turning them into eco-tourism sites.

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.


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OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE ABS-CBN FOUNDATION ON THE PASSING OF GINA LOPEZ


ABS-CBN Foundation deeply mourns the passing of its beloved Chairman, Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez, 65.
 
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.
 
On behalf of our Board of Directors, Trustees, Management Committee and employees, we extend our condolences to the family of our dearly beloved Ma’am Gina.
 
In lieu of flowers and Mass cards, the family requests that donations be made to the ABS-CBN Foundation. 


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REGINA PAZ “GINA” L. LOPEZ


She was the Chairman of the ABS-CBN Foundation, the socio civic arm of the ABS-CBN . Under her leadership, Gina launched Bantay Bata 163 – the first rescue hotline for children in Asia. In 1997, Bantay Bata was the United Nations Grand Awardee for Excellence besting 187 countries all over the world.

Gina founded Bantay Kalikasan, a program that advocates for the protection of the environment. Its most notable achievements include the successful reforestation of the La Mesa Watershed and the rehabilitation of 17 esteros of the Pasig River. For her efforts in rehabilitating the river, she was appointed in 2010 by President Benigno S. Aquino as the Chairperson of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.

Gina pioneered Educational Television (ETV) in the Philippines which put in place video libraries in 10,000 public schools. ETV aired in the span of 15 years, 16 educational television which include shows on Science (Sineskwela), Math (Math Tinik), Values (Hirayamanawari) History (Bayani) and English (Epol /Apple). For Sineskwela, Gina was honored with the Unesco Kalinga Award, the first Southeast Asian to earn such a distinction.

She was also the Vice-Chairperson of ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation, which provides microfinance assistance to micro-entrepreneurs and Chairman Emeritus of Southeast Asian Children’s Television.

In June 2016, Gina was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in an ad interim basis. On May 3, 2017, the Commission on Appointments formally rejected her appointment as Environment Secretary.
 
Gina hosted an environmental show on ABS-CBN, entitled “G Diaries,” which premiered on June 4, 2017. The show focuses on environmental conservation, area development, and innovations.

She became the first Filipino to be awarded the prestigious Seacology Prize on October 5, 2017 at Berkeley, California for her “exceptional achievement in preserving island environments and culture.” 

Gina attended Assumption College and Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Boston. She has a Master’s Degree in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management and a Doctorate Degree in Humanities, Honoris Causa from the Ateneo de Naga University and another Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the Palawan State University. She had two sons, Roberto and Benjamin. 

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ABS-CBN FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL

ABS-CBN Foundation International deeply mourns the passing of its beloved Chairman, Regina Paz "Gina" Lopez, 65, today, August 19, 2019.

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.

On behalf of our Board of Trustees, Management and employees, we extend our condolences to the family of our dearly beloved GL.

To celebrate her legacy, you make a donation to ABS-CBN Foundation International.

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G-STUFF

G Stuff deeply mourns the passing of its beloved founder, Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez, 65, today, August 19, 2019.

Gina Lopez was an advocate of social entrepreneurship and supported fair trade. She believed in community empowerment and has opened doors of opportunities for start up enterprises that promote health and wellness.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and employees, we extend our condolences to the family of our dearly beloved Ma'am Gina.

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.

In lieu of flowers and mass cards, the family requests that donations be made to the ABS-CBN Foundation.
 
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I-LOVE
INVESTMENTS IN LOVING ORGANIZATIONS FOR VILLAGE ECONOMIES

I Love deeply mourns the passing of its beloved founder, Regina Paz "Gina” Lopez, 65, today, August 19, 2019.

Gina Lopez firmly believed in building the country from the bottom up and spark inclusive economic growth by creating models of transformation across the Philippines through area development and authentic partnerships among various sectors of society.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and employees, we extend our condolences to the family of our dearly beloved Ma'am Gina.

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.

In lieu of flowers and mass cards, the family requests that donations be made to the ABS-CBN Foundation.