While exploring the Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay some of the candle vendors (who warmly greeted us during our arrival) encouraged us to visit a miraculous well not too far from the site. They’re calling it as the Miraculous well of Saint Lucy (Sta Lucia) while others are calling the place as “Banal na Pook” (Sacred Place). The place where the miraculous well is situated can be accessed through the so-called San Lorenzo Ruiz Steps. It is a giant staircase composing of 125 steps that connects the Shrine to Taal Basilica and the town center. Originally, the steps were made of adobe stone, but these were later replaced with granite or batong song-song in the year 1850 by Fr. Celestino Mayordomo. It is now dedicated to the memory of San Lorenzo RuizOur Pilgrim group heading the miraculous well. There were no signs or indication telling you that you are nearly approaching the miraculous site so it is better to advice the locals to guide you. We are guided by the candle vendors into the site.
There’s a place where you can offer candles along the way.A picture attached to the wall depicting the apparition that took place in the well. Allow me to give you some history about it. In 1611, a girl named Catalina and her companion were by the spring at a hillside not far from where the image of the Lady was originally found to gather firewood and fetch water when she saw the image of the Lady brilliantly reflected in the springwater. Local stories narrate that the two women saw the Lady with two candles on her side on a Sampaga tree branch, surrounded by kasay-kasay birds. Since its discovery, many have attested that the spring water has miraculous healing and therapeutic powers. The spot where the well which reflected the image of Our Lady is marked by a coral stone arch with a bas relief image of the Virgin on its façade. It was built in early 1600. They said that the carving technique is quite ancient, and it has been used independently in many civilizations like the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia. However, the exact reason for St Lucy’s name being attached to the spring has been lost, as was the date of its construction.
Here’s the water coming from the well. Anyone is entitled to interact with these water. Some rinse their face from it while other are even drinking it as they believed that this miraculous water has therapeutic effect!