ABS-CBN shares the amazing and inspiring life story of well-loved environmentalist and philanthropist Gina Lopez in the special documentary “Genuine Love,” which airs this Sunday (August 25) at 10:45 am before “ASAP Natin ‘To” and at 9 pm after “The Voice Kids.”
Produced by ABS-CBN DocuCentral, “Genuine Love” takes us to Gina’s younger days and shows how and why she left her family and a life of privilege to search for a deeper life purpose.
After serving as an Ananda Marga missionary for more than 15 years in Africa, she returned to the Philippines and took over ABS-CBN Foundation — the socio-civic arm of the country’s biggest broadcast network that was founded by her father Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr.
In her trailblazing way, Gina spearheaded projects, which included Educational Television (ETV) that produced iconic programs like “Sineskwela” and “Hiraya Manawari;” Bantay Kalikasan that promoted environmental preservation; and Bantay Bata 163, Asia’s first rescue hotline for abused children.
Her advocacy against illegal and destructive commercial mining made President Rodrigo Duterte appoint her as an environment secretary.
After her short stint in the government, Gina wasted no time and founded the Investments in Loving Organizations for Village Economies (ILOVE) Foundation, where partner organizations in the government and private sector united to provide financial and technical support to eight deserving groups. She featured the stories of the eight organizations in her show “G Diaries” on ABS-CBN.
Her death last Monday (August 19), crushed the hearts of her many supporters, fellow advocates, and beneficiaries of her projects, who attest to her sincerity and unwavering passion to serve the Filipino people.
As it traces the beginning of Gina’s life in public service until her passing, “Genuine Love” will share stories about Gina as told by her family members, friends, and colleagues who attended her wake held in ABS-CBN. It will also show the final interview last July 12 with Tina Monzon-Palma.
Watch the inspiring story of the ABS-CBN Foundation, the individuals and communities it has helped, and the woman behind its enduring mission this Sunday (August 25) ) at 10:45 am before “ASAP Natin ‘To” and at 9 pm after “The Voice Kids.” Watch online on iwant.ph or skyondemand.com.ph. Join the nation in remembering her on social media by using the hashtag #MaramingSalamatGinaLopez.