Gina Lopez’s fondness of song ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ remembered

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 04:12 PM August 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Perhaps one of the most memorable things about former Environment chief Gina Lopez was her fondness of R. Kelly’s classic hit “I Believe I Can Fly.”

Among those who pointed this out as the news of her passing broke Monday was television host Gretchen Ho.


“I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. She would always sing at the end of a meeting, speech or presscon. Her passion never fails to reverberate around the room,” Ho reminisced in an Instagram post.


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I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. She would always sing at the end of a meeting, speech or presscon. Her passion never fails to reverberate around the room. I was lucky enough to have had the privilege of working with her on @GDiariesPH & also hosted several of her events. I remember always being amazed at how much of a DOER she was. More than being a vocal leader, she managed to back up her words with real, gritty, relentless, hard work. I know, because I’ve been to the Lingkod Kapamilya & Bantay Kalikasan communities myself. I’ve seen how they’ve managed to turn places unnoticed into prime tourist destinations. I’ve seen lives changed, communities empowered and Mother Earth breathing a little bit better. What a loss we’ve had today. My heart breaks knowing the World has lost one great soul. We will miss you. You have left an indelible mark. Your #GSquad won’t forget. I know you are flying right now in Heaven :) #MaramingSalamatGinaLopez

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It can be recalled how Lopez belted out “I Believe I Can Fly” in front of reporters after she was rejected as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) back in May 2017.

In fact, this moment was also unforgettable for Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu as he pointed out in his tribute for Lopez.

“I will not forget your advocacies for a better environment for our country. I will not also forget your song during our turn over in May 2017, the song, ‘I believe I can FLY.’ So, Sec. Gina, FLY NOW,” Cimatu said.


In a televised interview, Lopez explained the R. Kelly hit is a song for the Filipinos.

“That’s a song for the Filipino,” Lopez explained.

“Because we’re so colonized and we think we’re small. But if you feel small, you will think small, dream small, and will do small. We’re not small! We should believe we can fly,” she added.

Lopez succumbed to brain cancer Monday morning. She was 65. /je

READ: Ex-DENR chief Gina Lopez passes away

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