Cavite is a province of the Philippines located on the southern shores of Manila Bay in the CALABARZON region in Luzon, just 30 kilometers south of Manila. Its capital is Imus[?] and it is surrounded by the provinces of Laguna to the east and Batangas to the south. To the west lies the South China Sea.
Cavite is one of the fastest growing provinces in the country, because of its close proximity to Metro Manila. Many companies, such as Intel, establish manufacturing plants in one of the numerous industrial parks here.
Facts and Figures
Seat of government
—Trece Martires City[?]
Founded: March 10
—2,063,161 (5th largest).
—1,601 per km² (highest).
1,287.6 km² (9th smallest)
Erineo S. Maliksi (2001-2004)
Cavite has a total population of 2,063,161 based on the 2000 census.
The main languages spoken are Tagalog and English. Although, due to a large number of immigrants from farther provinces because of Cavite's proximity to Manila, a number of people also speaks other languages such as Bicolano, Cebuano[?], and Iloko[?].
Like the whole country, majority (87%) of the population are Roman Catholic while adherents of Iglesia ni Cristo[?] account for 4% of the population. Most of the rest are members of other Christian sects and some are Muslim.
Cavite is subdivided into 19 municipalities and 4 cities.
Cavite was one of the first sites of the Philippine Revolution[?], and is the birthplace of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo one of the leaders of the revolution. the Aguinaldo Shrine[?] is located here. Cavite was also the place where Aguinaldo declared the independence of the Philippines from Spain in a ceremony held in Kawit[?] on June 12, 1898.
During the American Period, Cavite was the site of the Cavite Naval Base.