Our Lady of Caysasay - Singles (173,000)
Ramon G. Orlina
Alfonso V. Divina
First Day Covers: Manila & Taal, Batangas
The Virgin of Caysasay - 4th Centenary
In 1603, a fisherman by
the name of Juan Maningcad caught a little statue of the Blessed
Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, about 10 1/2 inches tall, in
his net while fishing along the Pansipit River in Barrio Caysasay of
the town of Taal, Batangas. On seeing this marvel, Juan did not know
what to say or do.
prostrated himself before the image and began to pray. The news
spread and when it reached the town, the parish priest and judge
went to Juan's house. Upon seeing the beautiful image of the Mother
of God, they knelt down to venerate it and decided to take the
statue to Taal, where a grand fiesta was celebrated and to this day
continues to be celebrated on December 8 in honor of the Virgin.
With the celebration
over, the priest entrusted the image to Maria Espiritu, widow of the
town's Justice of the Peace, for safekeeping. She had the image
enthroned in a precious urn, which she guarded religiously. She
noted the image’s mysterious disappearances from and equally
mysterious re-appearances in its niche.
of these usual excursions, Fray Juan Bautista de Montoya decided to
have the image transferred to the church. Even in the church, this
strange "goings-on" persisted until the image disappeared completely
one day. A meticulous search proved fruitless.
Several days later, two
women created a stir with the claim that they knew where the image
was to be found.
were gathering firewood when they felt thirsty and stopped to drink
from a well.
They were surprised by the reflection
of the image on the clear water and looking upward, their gaze was
met by the image on a branch of a sampaga tree. There were lighted
candles on each side while a Casaycasay bird stood on guard.
the allusion thereon to the image as the Virgin of Caysasay.
the priest finally went to the place with the two women. And there
was the image, which everybody had given up for good! It was then
interpreted as the desire of the Virgin to remain at Caysasay.
improvised chapel was built at the site to provide sanctuary for the
a church of coral stone and marble was erected. The spot where the
well which reflected the image once stood is marked by a coral stone
arch with a bas relief of the Virgin on its facade.
The deeply rooted faith of the Taalenos in the
miraculous power of the Virgin of Caysasay is supported by numerous
legends. And the history of Taal itself recorded unusual happenings
attributed to the Virgin.
To this day, four hundred years after a
fisherman found the image in the river, the church of coral stone
and marble where the Virgin of Caysasay is enshrined stood as a
living proof of the Taaleno's fervent devotion to their miraculous