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Exploring Cavite

Known as the Historical Capital of the Philippines, Cavite has a long tradition in the struggle for Filipino independence. In 1872, the movement kicked off with the Cavite Mutiny, a rebellion against Spanish garrisons. By the time the official revolution against Spain broke out in 1896, Cavite was at the centre of the bloody fighting. As a result, Cavitenos are very proud of their contributions to the modern-day nation.

The city of Cavite juts out into Manila Bay as a sharp peninsula on the extreme southern end of the bay. Metro Manila is just across the water, just 35 kilometres by road and even closer by boat. Several important islands like Corregidor are part of the city’s territory. There is a strong military naval presence in Cavite City, supported by a commuter population of workers who work in Manila. Tourists will find Cavite a useful base for exploring this naturally endowed region south of the capital, particularly if they have their own transportation.

Sights nearby

Within Cavite City itself, the main attractions revolve around the Filipino heroes who helped the nation gain independence from Spain. Venture out into the surrounding countryside and things take on a more natural allure, with volcanic lakes, deep caverns, and beautiful beach resorts to explore.

Corregidor Island
The biggest of the five islands guarding the entrance to Manila Bay, Corregidor is a fascinating reminder of the wartime action Manila has endured over the centuries. From Spanish fortresses to American command centres and Japanese control during WWII, Corregidor is a military war buff’s dream.

Cavite museums
Fans of military history and Filipino independence have several excellent museums and memorials to visit in Cavite City. General Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine is the home where the general proclaimed Filipino independence in 1898. The Museo de la Salle preserves 19th-century Filipino lifestyle through authentic home furnishings and family heirlooms. Fort San Felipe Museum offers a fascinating look into the naval prowess of the Filipino and American forces that helped liberate the nation.

Cavite’s historical landmarks
Some of the most important events in the struggle for independence took place in Cavite. Visitors can make a marvellous tour by planning a day or two checking out these pivotal landmarks like the Malinta Tunnel and the Mile Long Barracks. Major battle sites such as the Battle of Imus and the Battle of Binakayan really put the scale of the conflict into perspective.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Backing up the wide variety of important historic and cultural landmarks in Cavite City are a solid range of traveller amenities. Enjoy everything from the entertainment of the Solaire Resort and Casino to the relaxing resort atmosphere of the Mount Sea Resort in Cavite. For dining and shopping, there are several huge indoor shopping malls like SM City Dasmarinas and The District in Imus that can provide plenty of diversion.

Public transport

Cavite City is rather isolated on a skinny peninsula on the southern end of Manila Bay. The Manila-Cavite Expressway is the fastest way to reach this city by road as it runs directly along the coast from downtown Manila to Cavite. There is also a major ferry terminal at Cavite that runs regular ferries directly to the Mall of Asia. To move around Cavite City itself, you’ll find plenty of colourful jeepneys and regular taxis on hand.