Filipino philanthropist and environmentalist Gina Lopez died on Monday after battling brain cancer. She was 65. Lopez was the founder 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.
Source: ABS-CBN News