Cavite celebrates history, traditions this month
The month of June maybe considered as Cavite’s history and heritage month where three significant events are staged, which beckon both local and foreign tourists the chance to re-discover why Cavite is known as the “Historical Capital of the Philippines”.
Thousands of Caviteños, including those from Metro Manila, are expected to flock to Kawit town on June 12 for the 121st celebration of the declaration of Philippine Independence.
The late General Emilio Aguinaldo, first President of the Philippine Republic, proclaimed in Kawit town the country’s sovereignty and independence from Spanish colonization on June 12, 1898 before a huge crowd at his mansion, now known as the historic Aguinaldo Shrine – a National Shrine of the Philippines.
A national event and one of the country’s regular holidays, this event commemorates that momentous occasion when the Philippine National Flag, sewn in Hong Kong by Marcela Agoncillo, was officially hoisted and the Philippine National March was played to the public for the first time.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), in partnership with the provincial government of Cavite, the municipal government of Kawit, and their respective tourism offices, have lined up day-long activities composed of commemoration formalities and some side activities.
The fun in the province continues with Cavite City’s annual “Regada” Festival from June 15 to 22 where people of different ages and social status join in the fun not only because of its festive mood, but also of the ecological implication and spiritual bonding that they experience.
The city’s Regada Water Festival, which started in 1996 and now an annual revelry, coincides with the feast of St. John the Baptist; and is marked with street dancing and parade, fun games, highlighted with the splashing of water everywhere.
Bacoor City, the “Marching Band Capital of the Philippines”, will also celebrate its 7th cityhood and have lined-up a series of activities which include the “Grandest Marching Band Parade (from Bacoor Elementary School to Niog St) and Show Competition (Strike Revilla Gymnasium) on June 22.
The province of Cavite is known in history as the home of the country’s president of the First Philippine Republic, and where the Philippine Independence from Spanish colonizers was declared.
Cavite’s Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office said the province is also a ‘centerstage’ for numerous revolts, with triumphs and historical events commemorated each year to constantly remind the people, especially the young ones, of “our forefather’s gallantry and extreme love for country which led to the country’s freedom which we all enjoy today.” (PNA)
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