Cavite is the historical capital of the Philippines and the closest province south of Manila. With its balanced mix of urbanity, natural beauty and history it is considered as the most accessible vacation getaway and refuge for those seeking a quiet life far from the bustling Manila metropolis.
It is a coastal province situated approximately 9 miles (30 kilometers) south of Manila. It is composed of 20 municipalities and 3 key cities – Trece Martires City (provincial capital), Tagaytay City and Cavite City. The geography of the province varies differently, from flat and coastal in the north and west, to mountainous and hilly in the south and east. Its close proximity to the capital makes it highly urbanized especially in the low-lying municipalities of Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas, Kawit, Cavite City, and General Trias where various industries thrive. But in the towns south of the province, agriculture is still the main livelihood and boasts a great amount of preserved forests and wildlife. There are many places of historical importance, national attractions, shopping malls, beautiful churches, small town plazas and other interesting places that you can visit in Cavite.
Some places to visit in Cavite:
Cabag Cave – The cave is beautiful and has an underground river that runs 50 meters inward and lush vegetation at the foot of a steep slope. A good place for thrill seekers and explorers to visit and just explore the cave.
Mt. Palay Palay and Mataas na Gulod National Park –The park has three peaks, namely Pico de Loro, Mt. Palay Palay and Mt. Mataas Na Gulod. The park is noted for its indigenous and rare species of flora and fauna. This is one of the most visited places in Cavite especially for local tourists from Manila.
Corregidor Island – Corregidor is the largest of five islands guarding the entrance of Manila Bay. American troops built fortifications on the island like long-range tractor guns, anti-aircraft guns, tunnels an underground command center and a hospital for wounded soldiers. Corregidor became a vital battle zone between the Japanese and the Allied forces. It’s now one of the most visited tourist attraction in Cavite both for foreign and local visitors. This place became an island memorial where you could learn a lot of history about the Philippines during the past war.
Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine – The place is Aguinaldo’s ancestral home and also the place where Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. The place was declared a national shrine in June 18, 1964.
Fort San Felipe – The fort is located at the compound of the Philippine Navy, this 16th century fort is dedicated to San Felipe Neri and also the place where the Cavite Mutiny 1872 occurred when Filipino workers were implicated in the armed uprising against Spain. This is also the place where the thirteen Martyrs of Cavite were executed.
These are just some of the interesting places that you could visit in Cavite. There are more places to visit in Cavite that will surely captivate your interest.