Celebs and netizens have taken to social media in honor of philanthropist and environmentalist Gina Lopez, who has passed away.
In a Twitter post, ABS-CBN News announced that she had died at age 65. In an article, ABS-CBN News reported that her death was due to multiple organ failure.
An outspoken environmental advocate himself, Erwan had the chance to spend time with Gina when he explored Tawi-Tawi in May 2019. He even vlogged about the experience.
Erwan couldn't help but pen a heartfelt Instagram post in memory of the former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary.
"I have never met someone that was so driven by her passions," Erwan wrote. "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."
Watch Erwan's Tawi-Tawi vlog here, where you can see him and Gina, along with other environmental advocates, enjoy a bike ride (skip to the 13:58 mark).