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Cainta History, Philippines

The foremost township of Rizal, Cainta has made a mark as a doorway to the east. Through years of defeat and victory, the town now sprouts as a booming city where nationalism and rich heritage are worth keeping.

Called a village back then, Cainta was already a flourishing farming place before the arrival of Spaniards. During its founding year in 1571, it still belonged to Taytay, Rizal. From being Jesuit-governed, it later became a portion of Pasig administered by the Augustinians, but Cainta was handed back to the Jesuits by Spain’s ruler in 1696. When Cainta became a freed town in 1760, there began a short British incursion in Luzon. Some of those British Indian packs called Sepoys settled with the inhabitants of Cainta. That confirms why some of its present dwellers resemble uniquely. When the Americans governed in 1913, Cainta and Angono were merged, with Taytay as the chair of governance. A year after that, Cainta was detached and became a free municipality. That liberty has been upheld up to present.

It’s worthy of note that this city had an inspiring legend behind. It affirms how it has got its name. In the early days, the town was graced by an elderly named Jacinta who was famed for her stunning beauty, gentleness and riches. Although she belonged to the affluent society, Jacinta was very passionate to help the needy. When she was found lifeless one day, a native yelled “Ka Inta”. To honor her goodness, the dwellers named the town Cainta.

In terms of land measurement, Cainta is the smallest, but it remains blessed in agriculture and commercial businesses.  At the height of progress in late 1990’s, Cainta was pleased to see the construction of distinguished firms like Mitsubishi Motors, Monde Corporation, etc. Canadian-headquartered TeleTech Holdings also opened. Shopping venues like Sta. Lucia Mall and Robinsons Place are also flocked by dwellers and tourists. For its richness in rice cake plantation, it was dubbed to be the Bibingka Capital of the country.

Now a first-rate urban community in the Metro Manila’s east and Laguna Lake’s north, Cainta now pursues to entice business makers due to its closeness to Manila. People are known to be diligent and accommodating ones. Religious-oriented, they also celebrate the so-called Penetencia during Lent. With great inhabitants working towards the progress of the city, it’s no surprise how Cainta has moved up the ladder to be as productive as it is now.

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