by: Mark John Paul Mojica
As one of the densely populated and largest cities in the province of Cavite, Dasmariñas City often called “Dasma” by its locals, stretch its origin since 1864 when it was still part of Imus. Aside from its rich heritage and history, the city of Dasmariñas is one of the fastest growing local government units in the province of Cavite.
The City is also the home of the Papu-paro festival celebrated to commemorate the incorporation of the city with people dancing in its busy streets with butterfly costumes. The festival is celebrated every 26th of November.
Being one of the leading industrial cities in the province of Cavite this is also houses one of the prevalent attractions. If you are a foodie type of person you may want to try Gil and Mar Restaurant and Café located at the Central Public Market Ave. They are open from 9:30 am – 9:30 pm. The ambiance is great. The food is affordable they also offer a wide variety of menu for your tummy. Another prominent café is the city Sari Cafe located at 106 Don Placido Campos St. They serve great local coffee, irresistible milk shakes and delicious comfort food this café also tops on trip advisor.
If you are night owl Dasma City has a lot to offer. Top on our list is TwinJ Bar and Restaurant. This is one of the newest chill bar along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, they are open from 5pm-2am. This bar is good for squads who want to escape toxic city life with their chill environment and modern interior design. If you want a hard-core bar with a dance floor and bands you can opt for the M2 The Club they offer a spacious dance floor. Terraza Dasma offer live band performances.
After a tiring day of squad getaway, you feel the need to relax your tired body, top on trip advisor is Kalipayan Resort with amenities of spacious rooms and swimming pools. It is guaranteed that the cost for your stay is reasonable.
Next time you visit the City of Dasmariñas make sure drop by these locations.
Tagaytay City is one of the popular holiday towns in Cavite located south of Manila. Approximately 2-4 hours travel depending on traffic. We can travel the history of the city during the Spanish colonial era. The legend says that the city got its name from the words “taga” meaning to cut and “itay” which means father. “Tagaytay” however, is a Tagalog word for ridge.
The City of Tagaytay is also coined as the second summer capital of the Philippines next to Baguio City. It is also a popular tourist destination for those who are seeking the magnificent view of Taal Volcano.
Top on the list are lavish restaurants that serve the famous “BULALO”. The cool weather is a perfect pair to the hot beef soup. One the few restaurants that serve the best bulalo are Josephine’s Restaurant located in KM 58 Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Highway. If you want to see the panoramic view of the Taal Lake you can choose Green At’s Bulalo Restaurant located at Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. Restaurants around Tagaytay offer a various menu list aside from BULALO that compliments on the cold weather, they also offer Filipino and other Asian Cuisines.
If you are only looking for relaxation and just want to be away from the busy life of the metro, the City of Tagaytay has a lot to offer. Looking for some adventure? You may try a boat ride at the Taal lake. Trekking around the Taal volcano is also popular. Surely you will enjoy your stay. You can also visit the amusement park at the heart of the city. Sky Ranch has different rides. The roller coaster and Ferris wheel are one of the main attractions.
If you enjoy a staycation, you should check out Summit Ridge Hotel or the SM Wind Residences located near Sky Ranch. You may also try a sip of fresh coffee from Bag of Beans, a local coffee shop in the area. If you want a view of Taal lake, you can visit Starbucks Estancia located at Tagaytay-Calamba road. For fashionistas on a budget, you can shop at the numerous Ukay-ukays near Olivarez Plaza.
Next time you visit this place try to enjoy local food and the scenery.
The Municipality of Indang is located in the southern part of the province of Cavite. The town is originally called “Indan” established in 1665 and separated from the town of Silang. Since then town is now highly urbanized and its locals uses the available resources to promote its native delicacies and attractions like its century old churches and spring resorts are also a must see.
Should you want to escape the stressful life in the city, try and visit their spring resorts, there are a couple of them around. Top on the list is the newly built Villa Filomena Resort located on Indang-Alfonso Road. They cater barkada and family friendly budgets. They have two infinity pools. If you love nature, they allow swimming on the river. They also offer cottages and rooms that can accommodate your overnight stay. Tropical trees and cool weather are what Villa Colmenar Spring Resorts have to offer. Day and Night accommodation is also available in this resort. The Architecture of the resort is fascinating, and the cottages surround one huge swimming pool. It is known now as the “mini santorini” of Indang, Cavite. Right across the street is another resort named Rio Villa Nuevo this is a natural spring resort that you can enjoy as they built their pools within the stream. The water is refreshing and cold. If you want to stay overnight in this resort, we highly suggest renting a room and reminder to bring a blanket as it is extremely cold during the night specially the water.
The town of Amadeo is named after King Amadeo I of Spain. It is nicknamed as the coffee capital of the Philippines as this town produces high quality coffee beans that are export quality.
This town is also known for its Pahimis Festival, usually held every last weekend of February. For those who love to bond with mother nature you can visit Balite Falls with its invigorating waterfalls and has a scenery that is truly a wonder. This is ideal for mini getaways or a quick weekend trip. Few resorts are also surrounding the area.
The Municipality of Kawit is formerly known as Cavite El Vejo. This town is the birthplace of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines. One of the main attraction on this place is the Aguinaldo Shrine, where Independence from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898.
This is also home for Maytinis Festival, an original Kawit tradition takes place every Christmas this is also known as “Panunuluyan”.
The municipality of Alfonso is originally part of Barrio Lumampong in the town of Indang. May 16, 1859 was when the town separated from the municipality of Indang. The newly established town used the name of Alas-as the name of the friit bearing trees were used the built houses. Seventeen years later it was eventually named after King Alfonso XII.
The town has a lot to offer with the quite environment there are two retreat houses situated in Alfonso-Maragondon Road (Taywanak). Saint Paul Center for renewal provides a peaceful ambiance. They also offer retreat services for schools and provide a venue for meetings and conferences for private entities. Camp Benjamin offers a wide range of activities. This venue specializes in cost and effective team buildings, farm experience and outdoor activities. They are now popular for the Dine Under the Stars package.
Another attraction in this town is the Ginger Bread House located in Matagbak-Palumlum road. It will bring back the child in you as it depicts Hansel and Gretel’s Candy House. This place is good for pictorials and a playground for the kids.
These towns are just few of the many places you could visit here in Cavite. This province has so much to offer, that you may like to live with it. The next time your squad would be planning a getaway, make sure to visit some of the said tourist spots to complete your #Squadgoals. I'm sure it is IG worthy! Kaya tara na sa CAVITE!