The social worker is also a dog loverAlisa Lopez delos Reyes, who will turn 28 this November, is the daughter of Berta Lopez Feliciano. Berta is the fifth child of the late Geny Lopez. Alisa went to Reed College in Portland, Oregon, majoring in psychology. She later go thermaster’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago.
How long have you been living abroad? Can you describe your life there?
I have been living abroad for nine years—four years in Portland and five years in Chicago. It can get lonely, but I have also made really great friends and have done a lot of growing being away from home. I have become a much more humble, nice and independent person— I think most people that know me would agree.
I have worked or been a student since I moved away. I am currently a school social worker at a high school in Chicago. It brings me both great joy and stress. I am also part of a group of educators organizing for a union in our school network, The Noble Network of Schools. I did not realize that we have so much to thank unions for, like the eight-hour workday, maternity leave, sick leave, minimum wage…
Have you ever worked in any Lopez company in the Philippines or abroad, like in ABSCBN International?
I have not, but hope to someday have the opportunity to. Of the employees that I have met from ABS-CBN, they are, of course, the bomb.
How do you practice the Lopez Values of integrity, business excellence, innovativeness, employee welfare and wellness and nationalism? What other values do you adhere to?
I think I aspire to embody all of the Lopez Values; however, I will probably never be able to claim any type of business excellence in my life. Living in the United States, I have become so proud of my Pinay heritage, which I had unfortunately learned little about in school and was not myself curious about as a young person. It made me realize how deeply colonialism had impacted me. There was a time when I wanted to have white skin with blue eyes and prided myself in speaking fluent English, neglecting my mother language, Tagalog. I don’t feel that way anymore. I am working on decolonizing my actions, habits, thoughts… all of me!