Cavite is known for its rich history and a large number of national heroes
Cavite is a province in the Philippines located on the southern shores of Manila Bay in the Calabarzon region on Luzon island. Situated 21 kilometers southwest of Metro Manila, it is one of the most industrialized and fastest growing provinces in the Philippines. For over 300 years, the province played an important role in both the country’s colonial past and eventual fight for independence, earning it the title “Historical Capital of the Philippines”. It became the cradle of the Philippine Revolution, which led to the renouncement of Spanish colonial control, finally culminating in the Philippine Declaration of Independence on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite. The old provincial capital, Cavite City also hosted docks for the Manila galleon, becoming an essential part of commerce between Asia and Latin America.
Cavite is known for its rich history and a large number of national heroes, including the first president Emilio Aguinaldo (though some historians dispute this claim). The province is one of the eight provinces that led the Philippine Revolution, and is a site of many important events during the rebellion. It is sometimes called “Land of the Brave” or the History Capital of the Philippines. Those who live in Cavite are called Caviteños. Cavite is bordered by Metro Manila in the north, Laguna in the east, Batangas in the south and by South China Sea (or West Philippine Sea , at the wake of the Spratly Islands dispute)on the west. Being just south of Metro Manila, Cavite is seeing a rise in suburban development since the 1970s and 1980s, especially residential subdivisions and industrial parks. Bacoor and Imus, two principal cities not far from the boundary with Metro Manila, have became bustling extensions of the vast metropolis in the north, and are bedroom communities for daily commuters who leave to work or study in Metro Manila. How to get there? Via car, One main entry point to Cavite is the Manila-Cavite Expressway. They also name this road as Coastal Road (name of the road from north end of the road to Bacoor exit) since it is near the coastline of Manila Bay. The Manila-Cavite Expressway has two exit points: the Longos Flyover in barangay Talaba in Bacoor and Cavite Exit located at Binakayan Diversion Road and Tirona Highway in barangay Binakayan, Kawit. Another entry point to Cavite is the South Luzon Expressway. Common exit points are Carmona, which takes you to Governor’s Drive, the main east-west corridor, and Santa Rosa, which leads you to Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, which becomes snagged during weekends and holidays with many travelers heading to Tagaytay. From Batangas, entry points by road are the gently sloping Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road, and the winding Diokno Highway from Lemery and Ligaya Drive from Talisay, the main gateway to Taal Volcano. Getting around Cavite? Much of Cavite, especially the northern urbanized conurbation, is undergoing explosive growth marked by subdivisions, malls, and industrial parks. Most areas of the province are accessible by local public transport, but most new residents in the suburbanized cities prefer buying a car. The major cities in Cavite are plagued by daily traffic jams. Public transport cover well the cities but they are also affected by the congestion.
What to do in Cavite? 1st activity. Visit Corregidor Island was otherwise known as “Isla ng Corregidor” in the 16th-century. When the Americans came, it was named “Island of the Corrector” because all ships would be inspected here. Back in the day, it was one of the Manila Harbor defenses, fortified with ammunition and artillery to defend the bay from rival warships. Its underground tunnels from the Philippine-Japanese war remain a mysterious place to discover. This is why the Malinta Tunnel is a must-see. A well-known spot on the island is the Corregidor Island Lighthouse. It is the oldest landmark on the isle. At the highest point on the island is the Pacific War Memorial, built by the Americans. In honor of war veterans, there stands the Filipino Heroes Memorial and the Japanese Garden of Peace. Other historic sites include the French cannon Battery Monja, Battery Way and Battery Geary. 2nd activity. Visit Sonya’s Garden Spa, it is possible to experience zen paradise. The path leading to this haven is as surreal as the lush gardens of the countryside. How quiet and stress-free it is makes anyone master the art of not doing anything in the name of rest and relaxation. Sonya’s signature massage combines the therapeutic strokes with lavender-infused oil. Aside from the divine massage treatments, they also offer facials. Their way of bidding you farewell is through a refreshing cup of warm basil dalandan tea. 3rd activity. Visit Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park is located at Mt. Nagpatong in Maragondon. It was established in honor of one of the country’s patriots – Andres Bonifacio. It is said that this was the very spot where he and his brothers were executed in the year 1897. The shrine also has two panels erected that spell out “Bayani” (hero) and “KKK,” the Katipunan which is the Philippine revolutionary society founded by anti-Spanish Filipinos in 1892. For the outdoorish history enthusiasts, this is a perfect place to enjoy. The park prides itself with the heart of the nationalistic Filipino through its art and sculptures. To reach the shrine, take the bus to Maragondon and then coordinate with the welcoming tourism office or take a tricycle. 4th activity. Visit Puerto Azul Golf and Country Club is nestled in Ternate, Cavite. The par-72 layout is unarguably one of the best places to enjoy golfing because it marries the sea and the mountain. The beautiful combination of the rugged land terrain with flowing streams and rivers is unmatched. Towards the end of the round is awesome views of the azure Philippine sea. To get there, one can take a private car or commute via a hotel car or car rental. Public transportation through buses and jeepneys is also convenient. 5th activity. Visit Villa Filomena Natural Spring Resort is Instagrammable for all the right reasons. For one, the spring is surrounded by lush greens and vegetation. Another reason is its panoramic view of the infinity pools and the man-made river. Because it is a famous tourist spot, it is recommended to visit the resort during the weekdays. Other perks include your very own back massage from its waterfalls and refreshing pools. 6th activity. Visit The 13 Martyrs Monument was established to honor Filipino Katipuneros who were executed by the Spanish during the Philippine Revolution. These honored patriots are Luis Aguado, Eugenio Cabebes, Feliciano Cabuco, Agapito Conchu, Alfonso de Ocampo, Maximo Gregorio, Maximo Inocencio, Jose Lallana, Severino Lapidario, Victoriano Luciano III, Francisco Osorio, Hugo Perez, and Antonio San Agustin. The Monument is easily seen along the Governor’s Drive, after the Manggahan crossing at General Trias Cavite. 7th activity. Visit Imus Cathedral is the seat of the bishop of the Dioces of Imus and its patroness is Our Lady of the Pillar (Nuestra Seniora del Pilar). Its structure is beautifully baroque, made of bricks and tuff stone. The city’s patron, on the other hand, is St. John the Baptist. Every year in October, the city’s fiesta is celebrated and within the cathedral’s grounds a traditional dance procession called the Karakol is held. The Cathedral is significant to the country, especially once the National Historic Institute placed the historical marker there in the year 2006. The Cathedral is located at Imus, Cavite.
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