13 February 2014

Tributes to Roy Alvarez, Actor, Environmentalist, Zero Waste Champion

“The officers, members and staff of the EcoWaste Coalition express sadness for the untimely departure  of Roy Alvarez, our former President (2010-2012), whom we hold in high esteem for his animated commitment to the pursuit of Zero Waste, a vision of a restored ecological order where nothing is wasted dumped or burned.  As Zero Waste Champion, Roy traveled across the country, propagating the values of “waste not, dump not, burn not” in countless community and school gatherings and spreading respect and love for Mother Earth.  With his powerful voice and creative presence, Roy contributed in many ways to our quest for a litter-free and Zero Waste nation.  He led us in a parade in Quiapo urging the people to go for “bayong” and drop the plastic bag habit.  In one event, he stood in silence in front of the Quiapo Church, along with the women of Buklod Tao, holding a miniature image of the Black Nazarene to seek public support for a garbage-free fiesta.  Wearing an “AlerToxic Patrol” shirt, Roy spoke with Chinese drug store owners and sellers in Binondo to ask them not to sell illegal skin whitening products laden with mercury.  On three occasions, he spoke before hundreds of young students at Claret School, Kamuning Elementary School and Marcelo H. del Pilar Elementary in Quezon City to persuade them to usher in the New Year sans injurious and polluting  firecrackers.  And with actress Chin Chin Gutierrez, Roy pushed a wooden cart carrying an ailing Mother Earth in an unprecedented march to the Commission on Human Rights to exhort the agency to uphold the Filipino people’s right to be protected against harmful chemicals and wastes. As we honor the memory of Roy, a gem in the Zero Waste movement, we pray for the eternal repose of his soul and extend our heartfelt sympathies to his loving wife Nieves and daughter Miren for their loss. Thank you Roy!” – Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition

“Yes, thank you sincerely for letting me know about Roy's passing. I have very fond memories of the Penang meeting, particularly the skit and most especially my director, Roy Alvarez.  I'm sure I join you and many, many others in gratitude for Roy's warm and wonderfully creative presence ... and wishing for that we'd had many more years with him. Together in  commiseration, gratitude and sadness.” – Pat Costner, USA
"As one activist passes on, more will step up to the challenges of leadership. Salamat Sir Roy for paving the way and for inspiring a new generation of environmental activists.  Knowing Sir Roy in a span of several campaigns, I'm sure he would prefer us to celebrate the joyful encounters with him, celebrate a life of commitment, passion and love for the environment and community." – Lodel Magbanua

“May Roy bask in green heaven.” – Ceres Doyo, Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer

“Green Convergence expresses its deep sympathies to the family of Roy, to Ecowaste Coalition and to all environmentalists who worked with Roy.  We all felt his sincerity and commitment in spreading love and passion for God's creation.  Rest in peace, Roy.  Pray for our continuing work on earth.” -
Dr. Angelina P. Galang, President, Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment and Sustainable Economy

“Peace and love to our dear Roy, our friend, our fellow traveler for a better and safer world. We extend our sincere condolences to Roy's family.”
– Merci Ferrer, Executive Director, Health Care Without Harm

“Roy is now in the bosom of the Father. Roy, please continue to help us in our work for the environment, which you loved very much.”
- Sonia Mendoza, Chairman, Mother Earth Foundation

“I saw and spoke to him about 3 weeks ago at Italianni’s in Greenhills. He was taking his usual veggie dinner and looked fine and healthy.  Kaya shocked ako when Froi texted me the
sad news.” – Baby Reyes, Mother Earth Foundation
“It is with deep sadness that I learn about the untimely demise of our dear friend and fellow Eco-spiritual partner Mr. Roy Alvarez.  He has been an inspiring celebrity in his earnest love for the environment and sincere passion to steward Mother Earth.  He will be sorely missed together with Tita Odette.  I pray for the smooth passing of his soul from this life to the next.  Please continue to guide us, Roy.” - Victoria M. Segovia, Executive Director, Partnership for Clean Air 

“Roy's work for the environment will be remembered. May he rest in peace.” – Rene Pineda, President, Partnership for Clean Air

“Our prayers and condolences to the family of Roy, a dear comrade in the fight to restore sanity in this consumption-driven world we are in.” – Atty. Gloria Estenzo-Ramos, Philippine Earth Justice Center

“Condolences and sympathy from the PRRM family.” - Gani Serrano, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement

“We will pray for his soul in our community.” - Bro Martin, BSMP, Chairman, Save Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc.

“Lubos kaming nakikiramay sa mga naulila ni Roy. Mananatili ang kanyang mga ala-ala.” - Rey Palacio, Sining Yapak

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