The City of Cavite is found at the southern region of Manila Bay. This picturesque hook-shaped peninsula is known for both business and leisure. Previously a port town, it grew into becoming one of the main seaports of Manila. There is so much to discover about its rich history, and from the Chavacano speaking locals.
1. Enjoy a blast from the past on Corregidor Island
Corregidor Island was otherwise known as “Isla ng Corregidor” in the 16th-century. When the Americans came, it was named “Island of the Corrector” because all ships would be inspected here. Back in the day, it was one of the Manila Harbor defenses, fortified with ammunition and artillery to defend the bay from rival warships. Its underground tunnels from the Philippine-Japanese war remain a mysterious place to discover. This is why the Malinta Tunnel is a must-see.
A well-known spot on the island is the Corregidor Island Lighthouse. It is the oldest landmark on the isle. At the highest point on the island is the Pacific War Memorial, built by the Americans. In honor of war veterans, there stands the Filipino Heroes Memorial and the Japanese Garden of Peace. Other historic sites include the French cannon Battery Monja, Battery Way and Battery Geary.
Address: Corregidor Island, Cavite City, Philippines
Website: Corregidor Island
2. Get some R&R at the Sonya's Garden Spa
Taking time to rest and pamper yourself is a must in Cavite City. Thanks to Sonya’s Garden Spa, it is possible to experience zen paradise. The path leading to this haven is as surreal as the lush gardens of the countryside. How quiet and stress-free it is makes anyone master the art of not doing anything in the name of rest and relaxation. Sonya’s signature massage combines the therapeutic strokes with lavender-infused oil. Aside from the divine massage treatments, they also offer facials. Their way of bidding you farewell is through a refreshing cup of warm basil dalandan tea.
Sonya's Garden Spa
Address: Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, 4123
Website: Sonya’s Garden Spa
3. Relive patriotism at the Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park
The Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park is located at Mt. Nagpatong in Maragondon. It was established in honor of one of the country’s patriots – Andres Bonifacio. It is said that this was the very spot where he and his brothers were executed in the year 1897. The shrine also has two panels erected that spell out “Bayani” (hero) and “KKK,” the Katipunan which is the Philippine revolutionary society founded by anti-Spanish Filipinos in 1892. For the outdoorish history enthusiasts, this is a perfect place to enjoy. The park prides itself with the heart of the nationalistic Filipino through its art and sculptures. To reach the shrine, take the bus to Maragondon and then coordinate with the welcoming tourism office or take a tricycle.
Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park
Address: Maragondon, Cavite
Website: Bonifacio Shrine
4. Play golf in Cavite City’s world-class courses
Cavite City is a prime destination for golf tournaments in its many pristine golf courses. Golfers both from the Philippines and other countries enjoy a 9 or 18-hole round of golf from Eagle Ridge and Country or Puerto Azul Golf and Country Club. Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club is situated at Barangay Javalera, Gen. Trias, Cavite. The course is famous for having two championship level courses, designed by world renowned pro-golfers and architects Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Isao Aoki and Andy Dye. Tee Times are set up for a number of courses named after the said pro-golfers: Faldo Course, Dye Course, Aoki Course, and the Norman Course.
Puerto Azul Golf and Country Club is nestled in Ternate, Cavite. The par-72 layout is unarguably one of the best places to enjoy golfing because it marries the sea and the mountain. The beautiful combination of the rugged land terrain with flowing streams and rivers is unmatched. Towards the end of the round is awesome views of the azure Philippine sea. To get there, one can take a private car or commute via a hotel car or car rental. Public transportation through buses and jeepneys is also convenient.
Puerto Azul Golf and Country Club
Address: Brngy. Sapang, Ternate, Cavite
Website: Puerto Azul Golf and Country Club
5. Go Instagram-crazy at the Villa Filomena Natural Spring Resort
The Villa Filomena Natural Spring Resort is Instagrammable for all the right reasons. For one, the spring is surrounded by lush greens and vegetation. Another reason is its panoramic view of the infinity pools and the man-made river. Because it is a famous tourist spot, it is recommended to visit the resort during the weekdays. Other perks include your very own back massage from its waterfalls and refreshing pools. Entrance fees cost about 3 USD per person.
Villa Filomena Natural Spring Resort
Address: Alfonso - Indang Road, Indang, Cavite
Website: Villa Filomena Natural Spring Resort
6. Behold the 13 Martyrs Monument
The 13 Martyrs Monument was established to honor Filipino Katipuneros who were executed by the Spanish during the Philippine Revolution. These honored patriots are Luis Aguado, Eugenio Cabebes, Feliciano Cabuco, Agapito Conchu, Alfonso de Ocampo, Maximo Gregorio, Maximo Inocencio, Jose Lallana, Severino Lapidario, Victoriano Luciano III, Francisco Osorio, Hugo Perez, and Antonio San Agustin. The Monument is easily seen along the Governor’s Drive, after the Manggahan crossing at General Trias Cavite.
13 Martyrs Monument
Address: Trece Martirez City Hall, Cavite City, Luzon 4100
7. Have a time of reflection at Imus Cathedral
The Imus Cathedral is the seat of the bishop of the Dioces of Imus and its patroness is Our Lady of the Pillar (Nuestra Seniora del Pilar). Its structure is beautifully baroque, made of bricks and tuff stone. The city’s patron, on the other hand, is St. John the Baptist. Every year in October, the city’s fiesta is celebrated and within the cathedral’s grounds a traditional dance procession called the Karakol is held. The Cathedral is significant to the country, especially once the National Historic Institute placed the historical marker there in the year 2006. The Cathedral is located at Imus, Cavite.
Address: General Castañeda St, Imus, 4103 Cavite
Facebook: Imus Cathedral
8. Explore the former war base of Fort Drum in Cavite City
Many tourists plague the far-flung areas of the Philippines to see the rich history and beautiful beaches when on vacation. Many tend to overlook the rich historical monuments that tell stories from the early World Wars like the Fort Drum or the El Fraile Island in Cavite. This abandoned military post still has preserved its rusting guns in the area and shows remnants of post-Spanish-American War truly a sight for history buffs alike. Take pictures and learn more about this stunning former war base and explore Cavite’s most cultural sights when in the Philippines.
Address: El Fraile Island, Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines
Opening hours: 24 hours, Sundays to Mondays
9. See the authentic and cultural arts of La Sallian Ministry at Museo de La Salle
When in Dasmarinas, Cavite, make a pit stop to De La Salle University Dasmarinas campus and visit their renowned exhibits and art galleries at Museo de La Salle. This university exhibit runs all year round and is a permanent museum that showcases historic indoor and outdoor collections from the “illustrate” lifestyle during the Spanish colonization era. Take beautiful pictures of the classic Spanish-inspired furniture and interiors that have been common staples and decors, figurines at every Filipino’s home during that pristine era. Discover how immense Catholicism had on the way people lived their lives, institutions taught, and the way in which people worked in a time where Filipinos were being colonized by the European force.
Museo de La Salle
Address: De La Salle University - Dasmariñas DBB-B City of Dasmariñas Cavite Philippines 4115
Website: Museo De L Salle
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Tuesdays to Saturays
Price: 0.98 USD
Cavite City is not of the ordinary
To enjoy a blast from the past or to have some world-class rest and relaxation, Cavite City is one place to include on the list of vacations. From the rich culture and history, to its panoramic views, the City of Cavite has much to say. It will surely be a trip to remember.
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