The second night of the wake of ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. Chairperson Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez held at the Studio 10 of ABS-CBN Compound on August 21 wasn’t only filled with inspiring and amusing stories about her, but with music as well. Five of the most illustrious Kapamilya singers were present to offer their heartwarming renditions of a few of her all-time favorite tunes.
Right after the funeral mass presided by Father Tito Caluag, a necrological service ensued, with the Regine Velasquez-Alcasid commencing it through her soothing version of the classic love song “You Are My Sunshine.” A video of Gina singing it along with her staff was also flashed on the huge LED screen.
Succeeding the Asia’s Songbird was Ultimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual who serenaded everyone with Carpenter’s “You”.
ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. Managing Director Susan Bautista-Afan then delivered her eulogy, in which she imparted her personal relationship and one of her funny conversations with her superior, who she described as “very disarming with her smile and she was most charming”, “a humble boss”, and “a modern day hero”. She also went on to recall their unforgettable moments with her and how she’d been a staunch advocate of child welfare, environment protection and rehabilitation, and reaching out to the underprivileged.
A video of Gina with veteran multi-talented performer Gary Valenciano was also projected on the screen, wherein the latter was seen singing to her his song “Could You Be Messiah” as she listened to him in peace while they were at her room. Gary then emerged to the stage to continue singing the next lines and proceeded on telling the story behind that stirring moment with the renowned environmentalist and philanthropist after his number and shared how he felt for being able to finally witness the passionate and compassionate Gina he only used to read online.
After her younger brother ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. Head Ernie Lopez uttered his inspiring tribute to her, Lea Salonga and Jed Madela’s mesmeric duet of “A Whole New World” concluded the necrological rites.
Those who would want to pay their respects to our beloved Gina Lopez and see her for the last time are very much welcome to the public viewing which will be held this August 22 and 23 from 9 AM to 12 MN, at the ABS-CBN Studio 10. There will also be a Mass at PM and a special tribute at 7 PM. Entrance is at ABS-CBN Center Road Gate located at Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City.