Cavite City

Income Classification: 4th Class
Congressional District: 1st District
No. of Barangays: 84
Land Area: 1,238.63 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 101,120
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2016): 63,878
Mayor: Bernardo S. Paredes
Vice-Mayor: Denver Christopher R. Chua
Denisse S. Cajulis
Romel R. Enriquez
Benzen Raleigh G. Rusit
Michael R.  Ponsones
Fernando S. Barron
Michael B. Lu
Edmund C. Tirona
James S. Nuguid
Eduardo G. Novero, Jr.
Dennis B. Bernal
LNB President: Azenith P. Paredes
Address: City Hall Bldg., Samonte Park, Cavite City
Click here to locate the Cavite City Hall
Phone: (046) 431-0462
Fax: ((046) 431-1655

Cavite City is a hook-shaped peninsula located at the northern tip of Cavite Province, lying 34 kilometers southwest of Manila and surrounded by three bays, Manila Bay, Bacoor Bay and Cañacao Bay. It was founded in 1571 by the Legazpi Expedition and became a Chartered City via a congressional fiat in 1940. It is the site of several important historical events foremost of which is as the site of the “Grandmother Event of the Philippine Revolution,” the spark that started it all – the Cavite Mutiny of 1872.

As one of the smallest cities in the country, the city faces a number of development challenges ranging from its topography, lying below sea level; its single entry and exit road; lack of available buildable area and land for development; inadequate source of local revenue; the proliferation of service-oriented establishments and lack of employment opportunities.

Historical Background

The name Cavite evolved from the word “Kawit” or “Cauit,” meaning hook, referring to the shape of the land along the coast of Bacoor Bay. Early settlers, who were the Tagalogs, called it “Tangway,” meaning peninsula.. Chinese traders called it Keit.  When the Spaniards came, they christened it as Cavite.

Other names associated with it were : Cavite la Punta meaning “Tip of Cavite”; Cavite Nuevo- New Cavite; Puerto de Cavite- Port of Cavite at the height of the world-famous Manila –Acapulco Galleon Trade; “Ciudad de Oro Macizo” meaning “City of Solid Gold”’ and “Tierra de Maria Santisima” because of the popularity of the Marian devotion in this place.

Geographic Location

Cavite City is a peninsula that is geographically located 8 nautical miles across the bay at 14o 29.04’ latitude, and 120o 54.02’ longitude. It is bounded on the West and Southwest by ManilaBay, on the Northeast by Cañacao Bay, on the Southeast by Bacoor Bay and on the South by the Municipality of Noveleta. It is located at the northern tip of the Province of Cavite and lies approximately 34 kilometers southwest of Manila.

Major Income Sources
Tourist Destinations
  • Fort San Felipe
  • Paseo de Barangay
  • Samonte Park
  • Belfry of Recoletos Church
  • XIII Martyrs Monument
  • San Roque Church
  • Cavite City Millennium Marker
  • Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine
  • St. Peter Church
  • Julian Felipe Monument
  • Marker of Honors
  • Sunset View
  • Old Spanish Slipway
  • Corregidor
Special Events / Festivals
  • Cavite City Via Crusis “Semana Santa” Presentation
  • Regada
  • Cavite City Fiesta
  • Cavite City Christmas Festival

Data Source: DILG CaLaBaRZon LGUs