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Cavite

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

The province of Cavite abounds with historic sites and landmarks; museums, world class golf courses, outstanding gardens and facilities for leisure. It is the birthplace of a number of Filipino heroes and it has an interesting range of sites associated with the Philippine Revolution. Found in the province is the residence of the first president of the Republic, Gen Emilio Aguinaldo, which was also the site of the proclamation of independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.

Cavite teems with natural resources and unique landscapes. It is home to Tagaytay City, which is situated 2,500 feet above sea level and a popular summer and holiday destination. The highway drive offers a breathtaking sight of the world-famous Taal Volcano and Lake which is a crater within an island within a lake. Vegetation dot the ridges of Tagaytay with a wide range of accommodation establishments and restaurants for tourists to savor the pleasures of leisure and relaxation with a magnificent view of Taal Lake and Volcano.


HISTORY

Cavite got its name from the Filipino word Kawit, which means hook, owing to the hook-shaped mass of land recorded on the old Spanish maps. The land formerly known as Tangway was the site of a Spanish colonial fort on which the city of Cavite rose. Archeological evidence in coastal areas shows prehistoric settlements. According to historical records, the earliest settlers of Cavite came from Borneo. In the 1600s, encomiendas or Spanish royal land grants were given in the towns of Cavite, Ternate and Maragondon. Jesuit priests brought in settlers from Moluccas. These people known as Mardicas, settled in the above-named sites.

Other settlements grew during the Spanish era and by the turn of century; Cavite’s progressive towns were already trading with Manila and with one another. Traditional industries began to thrive as Manila’s commerce grew.

In 1872, Filipinos launched their rebellion against Spain. Three Filipino secular priests, Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez and Jacinto Zamora, were implicated in the Cavite mutiny when 200 Filipinos struck the Spanish garrisons. On August 25, 1896, when the spark of a revolution against Spain broke out, Cavite became a bloody theater of the Philippine Revolution.

Led by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Cavitenos made lighting raids on Spanish settlements and soon liberated the entire province of Cavite. Aguinaldo commanded the Revolution to its successful end, which preraged the proclamation of the first Republic in Asia, the Republic of the Philippines on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite.


BASIC FACTS

o Total Land Area : 142,706 hectares

o Population : 1,907,000 (NSO 2000)

o Name of Municipalities

1. Alfonso
2. Amadeo
3. Bacoor
4. Carmona
5. Dasmarinas
6. Gen. Aguinaldo
7. Gen. Alvarez
8. Gen. Trias
9. Imus
10. Indang
11. Kawit
12. Magallanes
13. Maragondon
14. Mendez
15. Naic
16. Noveleta
17. Rosario
18. Silang
19. Tanza
20. Ternate

Cities
1. Cavite
2. Trece Martires
3. Tagaytay

o Capital : Imus

o Seat of Government : Trece Martires City

o Climate
* November to April - dry season
* May to October - rainy season


ACCESSIBILITY

 The main route is via the South Luzon Expressway ( SLEX ) with exit at Carmona that leads to the towns of Silang, Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Dasmarinas, Maragondon Ternate and cities of Trece Martirez and Tagaytay City;

 Cavite can also be reached from Manila through Roxas Boulevard-Coastal Road going to towns of Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Rosario, Tanza, Naic and Noveleta;

 An alternate route is via Sta Rosa that leads to Tagaytay City and adjacent towns of Alfonso, Amadeo, Silang and Indang;

 Public transport services are available during the day hours and early evening:

 Buses like Saulog and St. Anthony going to Cavite have terminals in Vito Cruz cor Harrison Plaza and Park n Ride in Plaza Lawton in Manila:

 Mini Buses going to the towns of Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Noveleta, Rosario, Naic and Tanza are available from Baclaran in Parañaque;

 Taxis and FX transport also service the nearby towns of Cavite;

 Corregidor Island is accessible by fastcraft ferry located at Terminal 2, CCP Complex, Manila.

 

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