Independence Day Adventure in Cavite: Exploring the Land of the Brave
June 3, 2021
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From experiencing a gastronomic adventure to enjoying the panoramic landscape of the resort-themed amenities of your premium condo in Cavite, the Land of the Brave has definitely more to offer. If you are a foreign citizen, then reading this article will give you a glimpse of the past of this province. Furthermore, rekindling the past will make your travel bucket list worthwhile as you embark on an independence day adventure in Cavite.
123 Years of Philippine Independence
The Philippines has experienced a lot of colonization from the Spaniards, Japanese, and the Americans who were trying to conquer the native land in the past. Among the colonizers, it was the Spaniards who lasted for 333 years in the country. Hence, a lot of Spanish culture and practices have evidently left an influence on our native soil.
In fact, the Spanish uphold three main goals in colonizing a territory which were the three Gs. These 3Gs are the God, Gold, and Glory. First, the Spaniards aimed to doctrinize the pagan belief of the Filipinos whereby introducing Christianity. Next, they aim for the natural richness of the country; thus, pertaining to Gold. Finally, they seek for Glory in which they could rule and gain power over the Philippines. Thereafter, the Philippines became a province of Spain for the next 300 years. Furthermore, the Spaniards established a feudal system under the Bajo de la Campana in which everyone needs to submit not only to the royal authorities of Spain, but also to the Spanish friars ruling in each barrio during that time.
The Heroes of Independence
Thankfully, there were remarkable heroes who sparked the nationalism in the hearts of the Filipinos. It was Dr. Jose Rizal who wrote two compelling novels that reflect how the Spaniards, specifically the friars, abused their power over the people. Dr. Rizal’s two known novels were the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Contrary to the common response to a colonization, Dr. Rizal arranged a reform movement called La Liga Filipina instead of having a bloodshed revolution towards the impeachment of the Spanish rule. Nonetheless, it still displeased the Spaniards. Eventually, they arrested and exiled Dr. Rizal to Dapitan.
On the other hand, another brave soul went to the frontlines and formed a revolutionary group called the Katipunan. Likewise, the Katipunan or the Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (Supreme and Venerable Society of the Children of the Nation) was a secret group formed in No. 72 Azcarraga Street. The members were Deodato Arellano, Valentin Diaz, Teodoro Plata, Ladislao Diwa, Jose Dizon, and together with the members of the La Liga Filipina. Andres Bonifacio and his patriots believed that the only way to achieve freedom from the Spaniards was through an armed battle. Nonetheless, Andres Bonifacio was executed afterward. However, his blood did not fall in vain since it sparked the emotions of the Filipinos to fight for the sovereignty of the country.
After a long and indefatigable colonization of the Spaniards, the first Philippine president, who was Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, had finally declared the country’s independence on June 12, 1898.
The Symbol of Nationalism
Through the Executive Order 179 in 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos ordered that the country will celebrate Independence Day for 16 days. Hence, all Filipinos are encouraged to display the Philippine flags in all offices, agencies, learning institutions, homes, and the like.
The Philippine Flag bears 3 major colors which are the red, blue, and white. First, the red color symbolizes the bravery of the Filipinos while the blue represents the unwavering faith to the motherland. Subsequently, Filipinos should stand firm against any oppressors no matter what the cost. Finally, the color white signifies peace.
In addition, the three stars symbolize the 3 major islands of the Philippines, which are the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The sun with the 8 rays at the center represents the 8 provinces of the Philippines. These 8 provinces are Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Laguna and Batangas.
Above all, the white triangle significantly corresponds to the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Unlike any other country flags, the Philippine flag has its unique feature. Whenever the country will be in a state of war, the flag will be hoisted upside down; thus, it will reflect the color red over the color blue.
The Land of the Brave
Cavite earned its moniker as the Land of the Brave because of a great number of national heroes born in this province. Besides, this is where Gen. Aguinaldo officially declared Independence. besides, a myriad of historical events had happened here. Hence, the province is also the Historical Capital of the Philippines.
4 Best Things to do in your Independence Day Adventure in Cavite
1. Begin your Independence Day Adventure in Cavite by Rekindling its Historical Glory
Unravel the Significant Past by Visiting Historical Sites in Cavite
General Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine
When you begin your Independence Day adventure in Cavite, you should never miss visiting the Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine. Historically, there were a lot of things that happened here.
First, this is the ancestral home of the first Philippine President. Second, this is where Gen. Aguinaldo declared the Philippine Independence. Next, the national anthem composition of Julian Felipe was first heard in this shrine while the Philippine flag was first officially hoisted.
As you bask in the ground zero of the country’s Independence, you will see that the once 14,00 square foot mansion has been transformed into a museum for everyone to visit. In fact, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines maintains this shrine.
Similar with the other local museums, you can also see significant artifacts and memorabilia displayed in this shrine. They were all owned by Gen. Aguinaldo. On the outside, you can see the Philippine flags standing and waving with dignity. Just by looking at them, it can already take you down the memory lane of the country’s freedom.
Have you ever saw a natural fortress that was used during the World Wars? Well, you can see one of those in the province of the brave. Hence, never miss visiting the Corregidor Island in your Independence Day Adventure in Cavite.
The natural fortress served as the U.S. military station after the Spanish-American war. It consists of an intricate construction of different tunnel systems and emplacements. Since the Manila Bay is one of the main shipping docks in the past, it served as a main entrance of the different voyagers visiting the country. Hence, it made the country vulnerable to more foreign invaders. Hence, there were five islands built to safeguard the entrance of Manila Bay. The largest of these is the Corregidor island. When it comes to securing defenses, this tadpole-shaped island has a lighthouse and signal station in order to monitor the ships that are entering and leaving Manila Bay.
As a natural fortress, the Corregidor island has also been an underground command center with long range guns in place. Furthermore, the island is a sanctuary for the injured soldiers since a makeshift hospital has been built here. You can go deeper into the island and discover the supply depot of the American troops which is the Malinta Tunnel.
Seeing the war remnants today, we can always remember that the island served more than just a natural fortress, but it was a testimony of the once was desire for freedom.
Get Acquainted with the Patriotic Heroes of Cavite
Julian Felipe Monument
Did you know who composed the Philippine National Anthem? The Lupang Hinirang was first heard as the Marcha Nacional Filipina on June 12, 1898. This composition of Julian Felipe resonated the Philippine nationalism during the Independence Day declaration.
Battle of Binakayan Monument
Since the Spanish rule has been in all places in the country, Cavite never ceased to complete surrender. Consequently, the province has won a significant victory over the Spaniards in the Battle of Binakayan. Led by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo as one of the chief commanders, the Battle of Binakayan prevented the recapture of Cavite from the hands of the Spanish rule. On the other hand, there were other revolutions taking place in Dalahican, Dagatan, Imus, and Bacoor.
With the huge impact of the Spanish defeat, the Spanish government surrendered and retreated. Eventually, they have issued a ceasefire. Then, a period of peace was established which is known as the The Tagalog Era or Ang Panahon ng Tagalog.
The Churches of War
As ironic as one may seem in which churches are sanctuaries of peace, but there are different historical churches in Cavite that witnessed several bloodshed events
General Trias Church
As you further spend your Independence Day adventure in Cavite, explore the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church. This church bears a sobriquet of General Trias Church that is common to the locals. On the outside, its massive stone façade will leave you mesmerized.
Historically, this church has been the rehearsal site of Banda Matanda. They were the local marching band that was assigned to play the Marcha Nacional Filipina live. Hence, the stone walls of this underrated church have been a sole listener of the very lyrics and melodies of the song of freedom.
Dasmariñas Catholic Church
Officially, the Dasmariñas Catholic Church is Immaculate Conception Parish Church. Despite its tranquil ambiance today and the overflowing Christian beliefs reverberating within its stone walls, there was a bloodshed that happened here.
During the Battle of Perez Dasmariñas, the Spanish Governor-General of the Philippines as well as Major General Jose de Lachambre aim to establish revenge against Emilio Aguinaldo’s forces by recapturing Cavite. They wanted to re-instill the Spanish rule after their unacceptable defeat during the Battle of Binakayan.
In 1986, this church earned its marker as a historical site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
2. Spend your Independence Day Learning Chabacano/Chavacano
Among the many languages and dialects in the Philippines, the Spaniards had left an imprint in the language. In Ternate, Cavite, there was a Spanish creole spoken by less than 4,000 speakers. This Spanish creole is known as the Chabacano. Since it is only spoken by a small population, this language is already considered dying.
Going back to its historical roots, the language was born out of need to diminish language barriers. In the early 16th century, those Spaniards who were treacherous towards the Spanish government were thrown to the Philippines as punishment. In here, they have a chance to live a normal life where they can settle their own goals and businesses. As a result of their deportation, they scattered themselves in Zamboanga, Cavite, and other parts in Manila.
Interestingly, the Filipino women married the deported Spaniards so each had learned the language of one another to further understand each other. Consequently, there has been a mix of the local languages; thus, giving birth to the Chabacano language. On the contrary, some historians argued that Chabacano was the result of Filipinos mispronouncing the Spanish words.
If you want to make your Independence Day adventure in Cavite educational, then you might want to unravel the Chabacano inhabitants in Cavite and learn a word or two.
3. Experience Culture
Take a Unique Tour by Riding a Kalesa
One of the best ways to end your Independence Day adventure in Cavite is by riding a kalesa. A kalesa is a quaint way to sightsee the wonders of a city or province.
Do you want to try something unique? Tour around the historical sites in Cavite using a kalesa. A kalesa is a makeshift horse chariot in the Philippines.
If you have this dream of riding inside a chariot, then you may want to try this in Cavite!
4. Discover Premium Activities in your Independence Day Adventure in Cavite
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