SAN PEDRO, Laguna—People may have many different references to God but in the coastal village of Landayan in San Pedro town in Laguna, Christ is called “Lolo Uweng.”
“I would say it is a sign of reverence,” said Sonny Ordoña, a coordinator of the social communications ministry of the Shrine of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre.
Lolo, which has evolved from Lelong, is a Filipino endearment to a grandfather or an elder. On the other hand, Uweng is coined from Emmanuel Salvador del Mundo (Bringer of Salvation), which, according to old church workers, was inscribed in the icon’s original wooden camarin.
To Angelito Quintana, 43, a devotee since 1989, Lolo Uweng is seen as a dear grandfather who grants the prayer wishes of children. Quintana said he survived a kidney operation in 2004 through his continued devotion to Lolo Uweng.