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Cavite City Sights and Landmarks Guide, Philippines

The dignified town of Cavite is famed for its being the core venue where Philippine Independence was officially declared. Beyond its victorious past are awe-inspiring landmarks, environmental features and man-made infrastructures that all unify the spirit of patriotism, loyalty and success.

The Aguinaldo Shrine and Museum is a significant icon where the declaration of Republic of the Philippines was done in the balcony of General Emilio Aguinaldo’s residence. It was in this spot that the Philippine flag was raised to signify liberty from Spain on June 12, 1898. Aguinaldo turned out to be the first president to govern the nation. From the shrine, you can head to the Battle of Julian Bridge Marker where an aged 1859 cannon can be found. It serves as a memento of the fight between Spaniards and Filipinos. Another spot to visit is the House of Tirona that encloses illustrations of distinguished families who once resided in the house.

More historical landmarks to see are Fort San Felipe, General Artemio Ricarte Marker and the Spanish-styled Andres Bonifacio House. Revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio is an inspiration among Filipinos. General Mariano Trias Marker was where the local hero Mariano Trais dwelled. Considered to be one of the aged residences in the country is House of General Riego de Dios.

Cavite is also blessed to bear some noted religious landmarks. General Trias Catholic Church and Maragondon Catholic Church are both vintage churches built in the 17th century. Imus Cathedral is a Hispanic built church that emanates a comfortable feel ideal for meditation and silent devotions. Silang Catholic Church has an altar that is intricately sculptured. Statues of Mary, Christ and Saints are placed in multiple levels of wooden stands with magnificent carvings. Old stories relayed that the church surfaced miraculously one night during the Spanish Era. Others believed that it was an output of forced labor influenced by the Spaniards.

Also interesting to visit are Our Lady of La Salette Shrine and Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Porta Vaga. Gigantic woodcarvings of the Last Supper and the Stations of the Cross can be found in the former while a mural of Virgin Mary cased in a carved wood can be spotted in the latter.

If you are up for some sea and cave adventures, you can head to the Cabag Caves, Maligiclibic Falls, Balite Falls and Ulong Tubig where you can go swimming, diving, caving and fishing.

Cavite has it all—from religious places to nature’s jewels. to historical pointers. Your trip to the starting point of Philippine freedom will be as liberating as flying like a bird.

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