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Cavite Province
lies along the southern shore of Manila Bay. It is bounded on the north by Manila Bay and Metro Manila, on the east by Laguna, on the west by the South China Sea, and on the south by Batangas.

BRIEF PROFILE
Capital: Trece Martires City
Land Area: 128,755 Hectares
Population: 1,150,103 (1990)
Cities: Trece Martires, Cavite and Tagaytay
Number of Towns: 20

The land_______________________________

The portion of the province bordering Manila bay consist of lowlands or flat lying areas. The central portions is characterized by rolling and undulating lands. The rest are upland or hilly and mountainous areas.

Tagaytay Ridge has the highest elevation at 640 meters above the sea level.

The province is cut by five major rivers: Maragondon, Labac, Cañas, Ilang-Ilang and Imus, emptying into Manila Bay.

In General, Cavite has two pronounced seasons: relatively dry from November to April and wet from May to October.

A Brief History___________________________

The province´s name is derived from the Tagalog word kawit, meaning "hook", which refers to the shape of the peninsula. This place was a port of Spanish vessels, including the galleons from Mexico.
In 1614, Cavite was created as a politico-military province.

In 1872, a mutiny at the Cavite arsenal implicated three Filipino priests: Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez and Jacinto Zamora, who were subsequently executed by the garrote.

Cavite was a center of military operations during the Philippine Revolution of 1896. The Spaniards executed 13 Filipino revolutionaries in Cavite City that year: the provincial capital is now named after them "Trece Martires City".

On June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine independence from his residence in Kawit. Bacoor became the capital until the seat of government was transferred to Malolos, Bulacan.
A civil government was established by the Americans in Cavite in 1901, with Cavite City as provincial capital.

Trece Martires City became the capital upon its creation in 1954.

The People______________________________

The inhabitants are mostly Tagalogs.

Chavacano, a kind of pidgin Spanish, is spoken in few areas.

Caviteño and Ternateño are local Tagalog dialects that are Hispanicized.

Commerce and Industry_____________________

Cavite is predominantly an agriculture province. Its major crops inlude rice, corn, vegetables, fruits, rootcrops, coffee, coconut and sugarcane.

The province is endowed with rich offshore and coastal fishing grounds. Fishing is a major source of livelihood in the coastal towns.

Many industrial establishments are now operating in Cavite, and more industrial estates have been or are being developed in various parts of the province.

Getting There and Away_____________________

Many buses serve the Manila-Cavite route.


Other Information__________________________

Cavite City was best known in the past as the main base of the Philippine Navy, but has now become a satellite city of Manila, with a massive influx of new residents and rapid industrial development. The main attractions in the area are the Island Cove, Caylabne Bay Resort (Ternate), and Leisure Park and several first class resorts.

Cavite Province can justifiably claim to be the birthplace of the nation, as Imus was the site of the first successful revolution. The Imus Historical Marker commemorates this event. The province is the birthplace of Philippine heroes, among them General Emilio Aguinaldo.

The Aguinaldo Shrine and Museum in Kawit occupies the site where the proclamation of independence ws made and where the Philippine flag was first unfurled. The Andres Bonifacio House in General Trias is the former home of the country's revolutionary leader, while the site of his court martial in Maragondon is also preserved. Other historical sites include the Battle of Alapan and Battle of Julian Bridge Markers, Fort San Felipe and the House of Tirona.

Corregidor gained international fame as the site of the valiant, last ditch stand of the Filipino-American forces against the Japanese invaders in 1942. The fortress island is now a major tourist attraction, as the buildings, tunnels, gun emplacements and other structures remain well-preserved.

The main churches of the province are the Imus Cathedral, Silang, General Trias and Maragondon Catholic Churches. The Shrines of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, and St. Anne, Tagaytay, also attract pilgrims.

Natural attractions include Cabag Caves and Malibedibic and Balite Falls.


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