• Environmental group mourns death of actor-environmentalist Roy Alvarez

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    Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition expressed sadness over death of actor Roy Alvarez, its “Zero Waste Champion” and former president from 2010 to 2012.

    Alvarez succumbed to cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was 63.

    In an official statement, EcoWaste said, “ . . .EcoWaste Coalition express[es]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.”

    Before actively joining advocacies to protect Mother Nature, Leandro Delantar Alvarez in real life was first an actor. He debuted on big screen with in 1971. Since then, he starred in various films, including acclaimed ones like A Dangerous Life, Kapag Puno na ang Salop and Rizal sa Dapitan.

    Besides the big screen, Alvarez also acted, wrote and directed for theater.

    Later in his career, he starred in various TV shows. The most recent one was GMA-7’s hit 2013 series, My Husband’s Lover.

    Survived by wife Nieves and daughter Miren, his remains is now at Sanctuario de San Jose in Greenhills, San Juan for public viewing.

    Here’s is the full statement of EcoWaste Coalition released on Wednesday:

    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. EUDEN VALDEZ

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