THE PROVINCE AT A
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
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
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.
HOW TO GET THERE :
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).