Cavite (Filipino: Lalawigan ng Cavite; Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈkabite];Chabacano: Provincia de Cavite), is a province in the Philippineslocated on the southern shores of Manila Bay in the CALABARZONregion on Luzon island. It is one of the most industrialized and one of the fastest growing provinces in the country because of its close proximity to Metro Manila, located just 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) south of the capital.
The province is known as the Historical Capital of the Philippines. It was the cradle of the Philippine Revolution, a renouncement of theSpanish colonial control for over 300 years, culminating with thedeclaration of independence on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite.
Lalawigan ng Kabite
Provincia de Cavite
Cavite Provincial Capitol
|Nickname(s): Historical Capital of the Philippines|
Map of the Philippines with Cavite highlighted
Coordinates: 14°16′N 120°52′E
Islands of Cavite
The hydrological network of the province is composed of seven major rivers and its tributaries. These river systems generally flows from the highlands from of Tagaytay and Maragondon to Manila Bay. Numerous springs, waterfalls and rivers found in the upland areas of the province, have been developed for tourism. In the lowland areas, hundreds ofartesian wells and deep wells provide water supply for both residential and irrigation purposes.
Cavite shoreline stretches about 123 kilometres (76 mi). The communities located along the coast are Cavite City, Bacoor, Kawit, Noveleta, Rosario, Tanza, Naic, Maragondon, and Ternate. The richness of Cavite's coastal resources is a major producer of oysters and mussels. The fishing industry also produces shrimp and bangus (milkfish). The western coastline are lined with of pale gray sand beaches popular with tourists. Thus, fishery and tourism contributes to the economic activity of the province.
Major Rivers - these rivers are known to have various tributaries passing through the municipalities of the province:
In line with national statistics, the majority (70%) of the population are Roman Catholic while adherents of the Aglipayan Church account for 20% and the Iglesia ni Cristo account for 4% of the population. Other Christian sects and Muslimscomprise the remainder. However, the strong presence of the Christian Churches such as the mainline Evangelical Churches (UNIDA, IEMELIF, Methodist, UCCP, Baptist and Assemblies Of God), Christian Fellowships (Jesus Is Lord, Bread of Life, Christ's Commission Fellowship, Jesus Is Alive Christian Ministry - Bacoor, Jesus Christ Spreading the Good News), and other Christian Churches such as the United Pentecostal Churches and numerous Oneness groups, have increased the population of the other Christian Churches. This may now account for about 5% of the total Cavite population.
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