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Cavite – a Historical Province of The Philippines

A look into the history of the province of Cavite.

Where I come from, there are many places and events that have transpired in the past that have largely  contributed to the colorful history of what the Philippines is today. 

The Declaration of Philippine Independence

On June 12, 1898, the proclamation of the Republic of the Philippines was made in the town of Kawit, Cavite at the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo.  The Act  of the Declaration of Independence was written and recited by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista to proclaim the sovereignty and independence of the Philippines from  the colonial Spanish rule.  General Emilio Aguinaldo was the first  President of the Philippines.


The Battle of Binakayan

On November 9-11, 1896, the battle of Binakayan headed  by Gen. Aguinaldo,  took place also in the town of Kawit, Cavite.  After two days of  fierce battle and the eventual retreat of the Spanish forces, this confrontation was considered to be the first victory for the revolution.


Thirteen Martyrs

On September 12,  1896, 13 Filipinos were executed by musketry by the Spanish authorities for their involvement with the Katipunans during the revolution.  They were known as the Thirteen Martyrs of Cavite. Today, the city of Trece Martires in Cavite is named after them.


The Battle of Zapote Bridge

During the Philippine-American war in 1899-1902, one of the largest battle  was fought at the Zapote Bridge in Cavite on June 3, 1899.  Thousands of troops from both sides stood ground and suffered heavy losses.  The ruins of Zapote Bridge still stands along General Aguinaldo Highway near Manila Bay.


Noveleta Tribunal or Town Hall Noveleta

What used to be a barrio of Kawit, Noveleta  was made independent on January 5, 1868 by General Jose dela Gandera y Navarro.   Noveleta was the seat of the Magdiwang Council  of the Katipuneros, the counter part of Magdiwang Council under Gen. Aguinaldo.   The Noveleta Tribunal was captured on August 31, 1896 which was then under the control of Gen. Mariano Alvarez. 


Battle of Alapan Marker and Imus Flag

Gen. Aguinaldo’s first victory was in the battle of Alapan, Imus on May,  1898.   The Filipino national flag was hoisted for the first time following the victory.


Tejeros Convention Site

On March 23, 1897,  a meeting was held between the Magdalo and Magdiwang factions of the Katipunaros at Malabon, Cavite. Initially, the meeting was to discuss the defense of the Caviteños against the Spaniards But instead the convention became an election to decide the leaders for the movement.


Sangley Point Naval Base

A major ship and repair facility located at the northern part of Cavite City , Sangley Point Naval Base was under the control of the Americans during the second world war.  It was turned over to the Philippine government in 1971 after  70 years of American control.  The facility also  played a crucial role during the Vietnam war. 


Corregidor Island

The island was the site of  costly battles during world war II  between the Japanese Imperial Army and the American forces along with a small contingent of  Philippine Scout Army headed by Gen. Douglas McArthur.

These are but some of the interesting historical facts of the province of Cavite.  There are many more that can be told of.   Hope you have enjoyed this.

Images courtesy of  Wikipedia, Flicker, Yahoo Images. Other source of information: The Cavite City Library and Museum.

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  1. crisdiwata

    On November 11, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Cavite is truly a great historical place in the Philippines. I just don’t know that the Corregidor is located in Cavite. Now, I know. This is very helpful to students and must read because most of them don’t know the history of our country or don’t take time to know. Our youths mostly focus on technologies, such as computer games instead of learning the roots of our nation and our heritage. I hope they would have the time to read this.

  2. Likha

    On November 11, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Caviteno ka ba brye? Great presentation with old pics. Kaya pala matatapang ang mga Caviteno.

  3. MsPatriciaDV

    On November 11, 2010 at 6:24 am

    cavite is a great cradle of history

  4. margaridab

    On November 11, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Very good article and very well illustrated

  5. bobie

    On November 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    ayos . .i can remember the past history . .took up namin to during elementary and HS.

  6. lhanzkie

    On November 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    nice,, parang bumalik ako sa history ^_^

  7. PSingh1990

    On November 11, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Nice Share.


  8. papaleng

    On November 12, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Welcome to ETIVAC country, the place where brave ones live.

  9. Brewed Coffee

    On November 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Cavite is indeed one of the frontiers in the Philippine revolution. I agree, it’s a place where the brave thrives :-)

  10. Patricksia

    On December 7, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the informative sharing…

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