The most festive time of the year is once again here. With busy streets and long lines everywhere, most of us would probably want to stay away from the metro and go somewhere else. Good thing there are few sights and sounds in nearby areas that you can visit to feel the holiday spirit together with our loved ones.
As a Caviteña myself, I am proud to share that Cavite is home to beautiful places, including historical sites which mostly can be found in Kawit. You can find the Aguinaldo Shrine here, the place where the Philippine Independence was proclaimed at the Philippine flag was first waved. Kawit is also the home of the first president of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo. Beyond the shrine, there are other places that you can visit in Kawit and things to do. You can visit the “Museo ni Baldomero”, hailed towards the cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo and grandfather of Cesar Virata who was a prime minister in the 1980s.
Kawit also boasts rich crafts and delicacies including the Pandayan or the local blacksmithing shop. Blacksmithing is an endangered craft that needs to be promoted and preserved. The local Pandayan is still active and you can still buy handcrafted knives and bolos made the same way during the Revolutionary era. The Christmas specialty – Puto Bumbong or a rice cake with shaved coconut and muscovado sugar is a staple food trip stop that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Kawit.
This year, Kawit celebrates the Christmas season through a spectacular display of lights at the Aguinaldo Shrine and Freedom Park. A Christmas lighting event was held last December 14, 2019, and a number of distinguished guests and celebrities joined in the celebration of the event. There were also fireworks display and lighting of the Christmas lights at the Freedom Park during the event.
If you are looking for a place to go to this Christmas season, make sure to visit Kawit, Cavite and enjoy the season filled with pride in our own heritage and historical sites in Kawit. The Municipality of Kawit welcomes everyone who wishes to visit Kawit during the Christmas season. For more details, follow them on Facebook.