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Cavite, Land of Heroes, is home to a people with a unique blend of Filipino, Chinese, Spanish and American cultures. It is home to a friendly, smiling, hardworking and God fearing people. We want our visitors to feel at home in Cavite. So, we have prepared this website for you to know us better and hopefully, to get to like us better. We also prepared this page for our former residents who have emigrated to other parts of the world so that we may inject some nostalgia into their persona and perhaps convince them to come back for a visit and renew acquaintances and discover that they are still a part of us.

Mabuhay! Cavite City today is a bustling, thriving community. We see dedicated men in government, confident and competent leaders in the business community and a citizenry that aspires for a better future and striving to attain it. It is a totally different scenario from a quarter century ago when the US Navy pulled out of Sangley Point. It was a truly depressing sight then. Today, the business climate is very upbeat. Our young graduates are adequately prepared and are easily hired if not locally, then at the Cavite Export Processing Zone or the other industrial parks located in the province The Philippine Navy is expected to spend heavily in Cavite when the headquarters of the Phil. Navy Command is transferred to Sangley Point, from Manila. The construction business is quite brisk and is expected to further gain ground when the reclamation project at Bacoor Bay is finished and the vertical infrastructure starts to be built. There are now 12 banks within the City and a couple more banks have plans of opening in Cavite city. The local government is also spending a sizable part of its budget in projects like roads, school buildings and health, sports and tourism development. Cavite City today is truly a contrast to the Cavite of a few years ago, Come, visit and see the new Cavite City.

Fifty years after a native-chieftain by the name of Lapu-Lapu slew Magellan on the shores of Cebu, a still wary Spanish expeditionary force was landed on a point in the southern Luzon coast. The year was 1571. From there the invaders trudged southward until they reached a hook-shaped peninsula at the tip. The land was marshy and, covered by mangrove trees. Where it was dry, there were palms and bushes. Here they decided to settle. There are many legends how the word "Cavite" came into being, the most logical of which is that it originated from the word "hook" which in Tagalog is Kalawit, having reference to the odd shape of the narrow strip between two bays. To "kawit" the shortened word, was added the sound of the syllable "eh," a meaningless word the natives had a habit of ending sentence with. There being no letter K in the Castilian alphabet, the polished word Cavite came about. It was actually the present town of Kawit where the settlement was until they discovered an ideal place for the repair and construction of ships. It was called Puerto de Cavite (Port of Cavite), Kawit became known as Cavite Viejo (Old Cavite). The name Cavite is linked to world trade history. The Spanish galleons, then proud queens of the ocean trade lanes sailed every July from here to Acapulco, Mexico, via the Great Circle Route. They were built by skilled hands in the Puerto de Cavite. Between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Governor Juan da Silva, the Espiritu Santo and the San Miguel were constructed in its shipyard and launched. So were galleys and other naval frigates. The fame of the Caviteņos as maritime vessel artisan live to this day. Constant threat of invasion and raids led to the transformation of the Puerto into a walled city.

In 1590 they built the surrounding walls (murallas) and Fuerte Guadalupe on the side, the fort of San Felipe 1595 and the Porta Vaga in 1602. The latter completed the military and naval defense system. By reason of the Puerto’s importance and the security it provided, convents and hospitals were erected therein. Among them - the San Diego de Alcala convent in 1608, the Porta Vaga (La Ermita), Santa Monica (Recoletos), San Juan De Dios, Santo Domingo and San Pedro, the port’s parish church. In 1591 the Franciscan Fathers established a hospital, the Hospital de San Jose, founded by the congregation of San Juan de Dios, for sailors and soldiers. There were also three plazas and one park, Plaza de Armas in front of San Felipe Fort, Plaza San Pedro in front of the church and Plaza Soledad in front of Porta Vaga. By the bay was Paseo del Reparo. Relics of this historical past existed after the Spanish regime - the forts and the murallas, the plazas and the parks. The residents went to church at San Pedro, Santa Monica and Porta Vaga until the last hostilities. The war destroyed all these. Cavite had its own high price to pay for Filipino freedom, during the bloody years of the revolution. It was first to dare an open clash with the Spanish rulers when on January 20, 1872, a Filipino sergeant by the name of Lamadrid led a mutiny in the Cavite arsenal. Their protest over payment of tribute unheeded, soldiers and workers in the port took up arms, slaughtered several Spanish men and officers, were themselves killed, wounded or executed when the uprising failed.

Aftermath was strong-arm policy which led to the execution of Fathers Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez and Jacinto Zamora in a conflict over the secularization of the clergy. The three priest died by the garrote, a capital punishment contrivance by which the victim is choked to death with a compressing steel collar worked by a screw. The mutiny and the execution of the priests infuriated the Filipinos and stimulated the rising tide of Filipino nationalism.

The Cavitenos
The Caviteņos are, by nature, mostly fractious, challenging and uncondescending. Permeating through all strata of Cavite society, these idiosyncrasies made the Caviteņos earn fame or incur notoriety. One has to take the extremes in Cavite in order to excel and stand out; the middle road leads to a dull life and mediocrity, disdained by the Caviteņos. The rebel in the Caviteņo becomes apparent and expressive the very moment a child learns how to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Nonconformity is the way of life.

It has been, however, this nonconformity that threatens to rend asunder the harmony among Caviteņos. Among people where uncommon achievements are a common endeavor, no one can be admittedly acknowledged as the best or the top. Caviteņos have the propensity for microscopic scrutiny; they can see the slightest scratch on a highly polished armor or find a flaw in the purest diamond or point out a ripple on a placid lake. It is not perfectionism that they are obsessed about, nor are they congenital faultfinders. Whatever is good, noble and true, they still find it to be wanting. For them there is always something better than the best. . . .because they believed that the immortal of books has not yet been written, the most exalting of song has not yet been sung, the most lasting of human achievements has not yet been attempted, and the greatest Caviteņo is yet to be born.

Information taken from Cavite City.

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