La Mesa Ecopark Opens A Memorial Garden That Houses Environmental Activist Gina Lopez's Favorite Flowers
"The Garden of Love" is a celebration of philanthropist Gina Lopez's legacy and service
It's been 40 days since Regina "Gina" Paz Lopez, the former ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Head and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary, passed away at age 65.
Through the decades, the philanthropist and environmental activist has become an icon of service for the Filipino people. She was known for her undying love for the environment; some of her significant contributions to society were her efforts to rehabilitate and reforest the 2,700-hectare La Mesa Ecopark.
To celebrate her legacy, a memorial garden was planted in the public park this morning, September 27. In attendance at the tree planting activity were Gina's family, friends, and colleagues. Among them were ABS-CBN executive adviser to chairman Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN CEO and president Carlo Katigbak, Chariman Emeritus Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, Creative Programs Inc. Head Ernie Lopez, ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Susan Afan, and Rockwell Land Corporation senior Vice President Mike Lopez.
Home to Gina's favorite flowers, "The Garden of Love" is surrounded by Bagong Adlau trees, the strongest among the iron wood trees. On their branches grow yellow flowers, which symbolize Gina's courage and resiliency as she fought for the conservation of the environment.
Rest in power, Gina!