Celso grants wish of oldest woman PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 September 2012 13:44

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday morning motored to Barangay Tulungatung in the west coast to grant an oldest woman’s wish to see him in person.

Thanks, to the Level IV nursing students of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) headed by their clinical instructor Laarni Sadain, who, in the process of their community service at Zone 3 in Tulungatung, discovered Lorenza Ebol to be the oldest elderly woman in the said barangay.

Sadain said when they met Ebol, who will turn 101 years old this coming Nov. 17, they asked her what would be her wish, if she had any. “She told us she wanted to see first, Ma’am Caling Lobregat (not knowing that the latter had already died), and Mayor (Celso) Lobregat,” Sadain said.

“We did not waste time. We went to City Hall the other day and relayed Lola Lorenza’s wish to Mayor Lobregat himself and we invited him to come here today. We thank the mayor for responding to our invitation and for granting Lola Lorenza’s wish to see him,” the clinical instructor said.

Upon arrival at Zone 3, following a circuitous search, Lobregat went to see Lola Lorenza, who was then seated on a monoblock chair in her house, awaiting the surprises in stored for her.

Unable to walk by herself owing to old age, Lola Lorenza had to be carried on her monoblock chair to a makeshift center where a short program was conducted.

Speaking in Chabacano as requested by the old woman, Lobregat said Lola Lorenza is a symbol and inspiration of love, hope and faith not only for her family but also for the entire barangay of Tulungatung. “She is the mother of Tulungatung.”

Prior to the program, however, Lobregat made a clandestine call to City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo and instructed him to produce a wheelchair and bring it immediately to Zone 3, Tulungatung.

Shortly, Barredo arrived with the wheelchair, to the delight of Lola Lorenza and her children. Lobregat then assisted Lola Lorenza in mounting her on the wheelchair and personally drove her way back home.

Lola Lorenza has 12 children but the eldest had already died, while her other son Hermes went missing and his whereabouts cannot be established since he left the city in 1976.

It was also learned that the city government had already recognized Lola Lorenza as the oldest elderly woman during a program for the Filipino Elderly Week Celebration in 2008 at Astoria Hotel. She was 96 years old at the time.

Like the late Ma’am Caling, Lola Lorenza was once an active member of the Catholic Women’s League in the city as shown in one of her framed certificates. — Vic Larato