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A ROAD TRIP TO HISTORICAL SITES IN CAVITE: THINGS TO KNOW AND REMEMBER
February 28, 2020
You’re lucky if you live in BellaVita General Trias because you have the luxury of time to explore the historical sites within the town and nearby places.
Don’t be sad if you live far because Cavite is just two hours away from Manila. Going on a road trip to the province is easy.
In fact, it is a favorite among weekend warriors, especially the riders and those who are fond of road trips.
While at it, why don’t you have a road trip that’s focused on various historical sites in Cavite? That sounds fun.
Here’s a list of must-see sites in the province.
Historical sites in Cavite
Museo de La Salle (Dasmariñas)
De La Salle University Dasmariñas houses a lifestyle museum where one will see hundreds of preserved antique family heirlooms. Some examples are pieces of furniture and decors like figurines within themed exhibits and art galleries.
These are placed inside 19th century-inspired rooms. Aside from the indoors, the outdoors also showcase historic collections.
Immaculate Conception Parish Church (Dasmariñas)
The church was constructed during the Spanish colonial period. The parish church boasts of its portico (porch) and two bell towers.
Imus Cathedral (Imus)
The cathedral, which is made from bricks and tuff stone, is an architectural prowess. Its beautiful baroque design is hard to miss.
During the Karakol Festival every October, the cathedral grounds become the site for traditional dance procession.
Cuenca Ancestral House (Bacoor)
More popularly known as Bahay na Tisa, it was once President Emilio Aguinaldo’s residence. He stayed here temporarily before transferring his office to Malolos.
It was called as such because of its baked clay roofing.
Bacoor Church (Bacoor)
Also called the Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, the church is one of the oldest in Bacoor. It used to be a part of the pueblo (town).
Mariano Gomez, one of the Gomburza, became a parish priest at Bacoor Church until his 1872 arrest. The church bears a historical marker to honor Fr. Gomez.
Aguinaldo Shrine (Kawit)
President Aguinaldo’s home is a must-see site. This is where the declaration of Philippine independence occurred. The well-conserved site is designed with American colonial and Hispanic influences.
Exploring the house, one will discover the secret chambers and passageways.
Kawit Church (Kawit)
The parish is also known as St. Mary Magdalene Church, which is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. Its construction began in 1737, and the church was last restored in 1990.
The parish church is declared a historic structure by the National Historical Institute.
President Aguinaldo was baptized here. His birth certificate is displayed near the altar.
Corregidor Island (Cavite City)
The historical island is considered a part of Cavite City. It was utilized as a part of Manila Harbor’s defense, complete with warships. The lighthouse is the most prominent feature of the island.
Other things to see here are the Japanese Garden of Peace and the Filipino Heroes Memorial.
Malinta Tunnel, which is also a must-see site in the area, is located on the eastern side of Corregidor Island.
Calle Real (Tanza)
The restaurant used to be an ancestral house, one of the oldest in this part of Cavite.
The diner serves classic Caviteño dishes such as pancit choko (squid pancit). These are heirloom recipes handed from one generation to the other.
13 Martyrs Monument (Trece Martires)
The monument was constructed in honor of the thirteen martyrs executed by the Spanish in 1896. They allegedly cooperated with the Katipuneros during the Philippine revolution.
It was erected in 2004.
Puente de Binambangan (Indang)
The place is not your typical historical site. However, the bridge bears symbols that resemble the Baybayin (or Masonic) carved in stones underneath. It is quite challenging to decipher the mysterious symbols, but if this is your thing, you will find it fascinating.
The bridge was constructed during the Spanish colonial era.
Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park (Maragondon)
The shrine is said to be constructed at the exact location where Bonifacio and his brothers were executed in 1897. The memorial includes two panels that say Bayani and KKK.
The entire park, nonetheless, has several arts and sculptures installations.
Museo ng Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio (Maragondon)
The museum features life-sized dioramas. These dioramas depict Andres Bonifacio’s trial.
How to go Cavite’s historical sites
You may always start with Dasmariñas, Imus, and Bacoor since these are closest to Metro Manila. Then, proceed to Kawit, Cavite City, Tanza, Trece Martires, Indang, and Maragondon.
Of course, you may always reverse the order of historical places to visit whichever is the more convenient route for you.
Your first pit stops are the parish church at each town, the majority of which are constructed during the Spanish colonial period.
Next, the ancestral-houses-turned-restaurants are your next options. There are several of those throughout Cavite, not just in Tagaytay.
You don’t need to tackle all these sites. You may choose only up to five that you can visit on one road trip. Save the others on your next trips.