It is the most densely populated province in the Philippines, with a population of 3,678,301 people. Being near to Metro Manila, its northern areas has become characterized by sprawling residential communities, which are continuing to grow until this day. Industrial developments are also leading its growing economy, with factories moving to industrial parks scaterred in the province, The province is also rich with history as one of the provinces which led the Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards.
- Bacoor - site of one of many major battles during the Philippine Revolution, it is now a sprawling suburb of Metro Manila.
- Cavite City
- General Trias
- Imus - another sprawling suburb, it is the location of another major battle in the Philippine Revolution, the Battle of Alapan.
- Tagaytay - the second "Summer Capital" of the Philippines, with its cool highland climate and views of Taal Lake and Volcano.
- Trece Martires
- General Emilio Aguinaldo
- General Mariano Alvarez
- Indang - Municipality in the interior of Cavite, home to various inland resorts and heritage churches.
- Kawit - birthplace of Emilio Aguinaldo
- Magallanes (Cavite)
- Maragondon - Execution site of Andres Bonifacio.
- Rosario (Cavite)
- Ternate (Cavite)
Cavite is known for its rich history and a large number of National Heroes. It is sometimes called "Land of the Brave" or the History Capital of the Philippines.
Those who live in Cavite are called Caviteños. Check Cavite blog for other information regarding the history, culture and latest issues regarding Cavite.
Cavite is part of Region IV-A, or (Calabarzon - Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon Region) or Calabarzon. It is bordered by Metro Manila in the north, Laguna in the east, Batangas in the south and by South China Sea on the west.
Being located just south of Metro Manila, Cavite is seeing a rise in suburban development, especially residential subdivisions and industrial parks. Bacoor and Imus, two principal cities not far from the boundary with Metro Manila, have became bustling extensions of the vast metropolis in the north, and are home to commuters who leave to work or study in Metro Manila.
Caviteños can be easily understood because the majority of the population understand English but their native language is Tagalog. Spanish might somehow be understood as this was a home before to a Chavacano, a Spanish-based creole language.
Common means of transportation from Manila to Cavite by bus and jeepney. It takes an hour or less since Cavite is only south of the metropolis.
One main entry point to Cavite is the Manila-Cavite Expressway. They also name this road as Coastal Road (name of the road from north end of the road to Bacoor exit) since it is near the coastline of Manila Bay. The Manila-Cavite Expressway has two exit points: the Longos Flyover in barangay Talaba in Bacoor and Cavite Exit located at Binakayan Diversion Road and Tirona Highway in barangay Binakayan, Kawit.
Another entry point to Cavite is the South Luzon Expressway. There are various exits that can take you to Cavite, including the Carmona Exit or the Santa Rosa Exit.
Much of Cavite, especially the northern urbanized conurbation, is currently undergoing explosive growth marked by subdivisions, malls, and industrial parks. Most areas of the province are accessible by local public transport, but most new residents in the suburbanized cities prefer buying a car. The major cities in Cavite are plagued by daily traffic jams. Public transport cover well the cities but they are also affected by the congestion.
By bus or jeepney
Most locals commute using the ubiquitous jeepneys. You may hail a jeepney from anywhere, though some cities have jeepney only allowed to stop at designated areas per local ordinances. Most jeepney routes run within the province, but there are several routes running toward Metro Manila (Alabang and Baclaran) or Laguna (Santa Rosa or Calamba).
Buses are a more comfortable and spacious alternative for buses, but they only travel on the most prominent destinations. Most bus routes in Cavite run between Manila (Southwest Integrated Public Terminal, Pasay) and Batangas (Nasugbu, Balayan, Calatagan).
The common bus operators in Cavite are as follows, with their routes:
- Cavite-Batangas Transport Cooperative
- DLTB (SWIPTS-Nasugbu via Tagaytay or Ternate)
- Erjohn and Almark
- Jasper Jean (Fairview-Palapala via EDSA, Navotas-Palapala via EDSA)
- Kirsteen Transport
- San Agustin
- Saulog (SWIPTS-Ternate)
Another public transport mode that should not be missed is the minibuses (or "baby buses", in comparison to large city and provincial buses), which travel between Bacoor and Naic (with some operating from Baclaran and vice vera via CAVITEX). Minibuses are a common mode of transport in the coastal area between Kawit and Naic as they are cheap, but they tend to be crowded and hot as they have low headroom better suited for the locals and do not have air conditioning.
Cavite has an immense network of roads, with the Aguinaldo Highway (Route 62, 419, and 410), Antero Soriano Highway (Route 64 and 401) and Governor's Drive (Route 65, 651, and 403) serving as the backbone of the system. Aguinaldo Highway is the most prominent, being a north-south national road serving the largest cities. Governor's Drive is another important highway, from Carmona to Ternate. Antero Soriano Highway is another highway that continues from Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and serves the coastal communities of Kawit, Noveleta, Rosario, Tanza, and Naic.
Bringing a car can be the best option when visiting areas not adequately served by public transport, but it is the worst option when going through the sprawling cities in the north. The major highways, notably Aguinaldo Highway between Bacoor and Dasmariñas, are always congested, even in weekends and holidays, and drivers can be aggressive. The city of Bacoor, from 2016, is implementing a number coding system in order to reduce congestion, and created a "Friendship Route" modeled after Las Piñas', which is permissive unlike the latter (where a sticker is required). Public transport is the best option when going to the major cities, but can become crowded and inefficient at rush hour.
Expressways are currently limited to Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) in Bacoor and Kawit, and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) through Carmona, but the national government is undertaking the construction of new expressways to decongest its major highways. One ongoing project, the Cavite-Laguna Expressway, which will connect CAVITEX in Kawit with SLEX in Biñan, Laguna, is under construction since 2018, and is expected to decongest the major national roads.
When you reached Tagaytay, you should see the beautiful landscape of Taal Lake and the volcano.
It's a must for every Cavite visitor to visit Tagaytay City. While on your way to the city, you might want to try the boiled sweet corn along Silang by-pass road. You won't miss the sweet corn being cooked on the large cookie bins which serves as hot pots.
Upon arrival to Tagaytay, be mesmerized by the view of the lake (and the volcano) while sipping hot chocolate in Starbucks Tagaytay.
Would you want to do horseback riding? DRive along the Tagaytay Road and see Picnic Grove and enjoy the picnic park. Avoid visiting during holidays because the park might be really crowded.
Since Cavite is one of the most industrialized provinces in the Philippines, so expect the numerous malls and shopping districts in every part of province.
- Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, Binakayan, Kawit, ☎ . 45 minutes away from Manila. Air-conditioned rooms with a toilet & shower, refrigerator, and coffee maker. IDD telephone, and Internet access.
- Caylabne Bay Resort, Ternate, ☎ , fax: . From US$75.
- Microtel Inn and Suites, Eagle Ridge Golf & Residential Estate Gen. Trias, ☎ , fax: . 57-room hotel in Gen. Trias, Cavite within the sprawling 700-hectare Eagle Ridge Golf & Residential Estates. From US$44.
- [dead link] Manila Southwoods Manor, Southwoods Avenue, Carmona, Cavite, Philippines 4116, ☎ . Golf resort. From ₱4,100.
- The Roberts' Inn, 5950 Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, ☎ .
- Mount Sea Resort, 163 Marseilla St., Bagbag II, Rosario (1 hour drive away from Manila), ☎ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: Noon.
- Mount Sea Resort, 163 Marseilla St., Bagbag II, Rosario, ☎ .
- Batangas - Just south, and home to beaches not far from Manila, as well as heritage churches.