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

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
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

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

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,

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