Guinhawa. No one really can tell how this small community just a few meters away from the busy Malolos Flyover Intersection acquired its name. Though it is common tradition to name the villages of old after a Saint, a plant, or an unusual phenomenon, the title Guinhawa, which is translated as “comfort” or “comfortable life”, is an exception to the rule.A historical reference to the village’s devotion to its patroness, Nuestra Señora delos Remedios (Our Lady of Remedies) is the closest one can get to explaining the origins of the community’s name. It was said that devotees to the Virgin of Remedies enjoyed abundance and prosperity, or a “life of comfort” through her intercession. Thus, Guinhawa or comfort may have referred to the prevailing good life among those favored by the graces of the Virgin icon.
According to more olden history, the image of the Birhen Remedios first came to the Philippines from Spain through Padre Juan de Guevara, an apostle of St. Augustine in the 16th century. Though presented in her dark brownish skin, the lovely image never fails to attract adulation and adoration from devotees. For many years, the saint had become the patroness of many Catholic churches, notably the Church of Malate in Manila. According to her devotees in Malate, many miracles were attributed to her intercession. Devotees from other provinces flock to the shrine in Malate to ask favors from the Lord Jesus in the Virgin’s name, most of them, mothers of newborn children who are offered to the Virgin for blessings and are sprayed with Holy Water after the mass.
The feast of Our Lady of Remedies is celebrated every last Sunday of November before advent.
3,621 as of 2007 Source: NSO Census of Population, 2007