ABS-CBN Chairman and CEO Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III and ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Regina “Gina” Lopez were proclaimed Outstanding Manilans in an awarding ceremony held at The Manila Hotel last June 24. Mr. Lopez was named Outstanding Manilan for Telecommunications and Broadcasting for dynamic leadership of ABS-CBN, the country’s largest multimedia conglomerate. Through ABSCBN, he was cited for having provided Filipino professionals and workers meaningful livelihood and promoted public welfare through imparting objective news and information.
Ms. Lopez, on the other hand, was recognized as Outstanding Manilan for Environmental Advocacy for her creative and indefatigable efforts to better the environment such as the Pasig River clean-up campaign “Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig” and her initiatives for waste management and environment conservation which all “redound to the benefit of Manila.”
She was also noted for “her sincere love and concern for underprivileged Filipino youth” with the establishment of the ‘Children’s Village’ and her active participation in ABS-CBN Foundation’s life-changing projects like Bantay Kalikasan, Bantay Bata 163, and the Bayan Foundation.
Manila City mayor Alfredo Lim personally awarded the Lopezes during the awarding ceremony also attended by other honorees from other fields. The Lopez siblings’ twin recognitions only prove how ABS-CBN is committed to public service and nation-building as much as it is dedicated to broadcasting excellence.
The awards are part of the celebration of the 438th anniversary of the City of Manila and given annually to recognize and award men and women who have contributed extraordinary and invaluably to the benefit and development of the City of Manila and its people and whose achievements have substantially contributed to the honor and prestige of Manila as the country’s capital.