Kawit / Cavite / Tagaytay

Cavite province is rich in culture and history. Imus, Cavite is the site where the first successful Philippine revolution was waged. It is also the place where the flag of the Philippine Republic was first hoisted to proclaim the country’s independence.

The province is the birthplace of Filipino heroes, among them Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Republic. By contrast, it is a place which abounds in natural attractions and fantastic landscapes. The crowning glory of Cavite is Tagaytay City , the so called "town in the ridges." The ridge is the viewing arena where Taal Volcano, can be seen in full panoramic splendor. Tagaytay City is considered as the country’s second summer capital next to Baguio City because of its crisp and cool climate all year round, is a treasure box of pleasure points by itself.

Cavite, the name of the province, is derived from "Kawit", a Tagalog word for "hook". This refers to the hook shaped land on Old Spanish maps. The land was known as "Tangway" where Spanish authorities evolved a fort from which the city of Cavite grew.

Archaeological evidence in the coastal areas of Cavite show prehistoric settlements. Folklore says that the earliest settlers of Cavite were from Borneo. In the 1600’s encomiendas or Spanish royal land grants were given in Cavite and Maragondon. The Jesuit priests who first came brought with them settlers from Mollucas. These settlers, known as Mardicas, settled on Ternate and Maragondon. Other settlements grew over the centuries and by the turn of the century Cavite towns were already trading with one another. Traditional industries began to thrive as Manila’s commerce grew. Cavite like other provinces of Southern Tagalog, began its involvement for reforms and later on revolution as its educated citizens began to assert themselves like many Filipino ilustrados of the time.

In 1872, Filipinos revolted against Spain. Three Filipino priests - Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez and Jacinto Zamora - were implicated in the Cavite revolt in which 200 Filipinos rose in arms against the Spanish forces in the garrisons.

On August 28, 1896, when the Philippine Revolution against Spain broke out, Cavite became a bloody theatre of war. Led by Emilio Aguinaldo, Cavite๑os made surprise attracts on the Spanish headquarters and soon liberated the whole province. Aguinaldo directed the Revolution to its end: the proclamation of the first Republic in Asia, the Republic of the Philippines, on June 12, 1898 in Kawit.

Cavite and its people, what they are today, and what will be tomorrow, will remain with infinity, as a place with glorious history and a people fortified with strength to live and die for a worthy cause.

The historical province of Cavite is accessible from Manila by land (Buses leave every 30 minutes). Normal travel time to Cavite is approximately 20-30 minutes (if you are going to Bacoor, the closest town to Manila) or about 2 ฝ half hours (to the farthest point).

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  Information provided by Department of Tourism. Government of Philippines.


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