For many non-Caviteños, modern-day Cavite is a popular place to live for economic purposes. The province is known for its low-cost housing and convenient proximity to Metro Manila. However, most people have apparently forgotten about its rich historical heritage.
Local and foreign frequent it to take in the impressive panorama of Taal Volcano in Tagaytay City, or explore its hidden natural gems, such as Cabag Cave in Maragondon and Malibiclibic Falls in General Emilio Aguinaldo (Bailen).
But only some people, especially millennials, realize the relics from the colonial eras the Historical Capital of the Philippines has preserved for posterity.
If you’ve read every Lancaster New City Cavite properties review there is, especially from websites such as Real Estate Hub, you’d probably learned about these must-visit historical sites.
Easily accessible from nearby towns and cities, such as Noveleta, Imus, and Bacoor, the ancestral home of the country’s first president General Emilio Aguinaldo is hard to miss if you go the heart of Kawit. Well-preserved inside and out, it was the site of many firsts. It was where the famed Katipunan leader proclaimed the independence of the Philippines from the Spaniards after more than 300 years of rule. During the same event, it was where the forefathers first hoisted national flag officially, and where they played the national anthem for the first time.
This deserted tropical island at the entrance of the Manila Bay bears many battle scars from World War 2 and holds dreadful memories from its violent past. If not for its lush ground, its ruins would suggest intense fighting just happened yesterday.
Its untouched buildings and fortifications and eerie, expansive tunnels would send chills down your spine.
El Fraile Island
Also known as Fort Drum or Fort Frank, El Fraile Island used to be a barren rock island before the Americans turned it into a “concrete battleship” to defend the Manila Bay along with other U.S. territories in the Pacific.
Staying true to itself, it withstood heavy bombardment for six months and was only occupied by the Japanese after the Fall of Corregidor. After less than three years, the Americans returned to reclaim it and set it on fire to incinerate the remaining Japanese forces inside the island fortress.
Cavite will always be synonymous with the history of the Philippines. No matter how much time passes, the constant changes of its landscapes are just a veneer to its true revolutionary past.