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Kawit Travel Guide
Kawit is a very special place in the Philippines’ history for many reasons, but mainly because this is where the Republic was born. In June 12, 1898, it was in this town where General Emilio Aguinaldo declared the independence of the Republic of The Philippines from Spain. This historical event took place on the balcony of his house which now became a national shrine. This house was also the place where the national flag was first unfurled. After the independence, General Emilio Aguinaldo finally became the first president of The Philippines.
Food is another thing that placed this town on the map. Kawit is a heaven for foodie travelers who always curious about local foods. Here you can find a lot of dining places serving authentic local foods as well as international dishes with Filipino twist. Like Tamale for example, here you can find tamales made with boiled eggs, pork or chicken filling. Then there are also many delicious local dishes, like Pancit, a noodle dish that has a couple of varieties, like Pancit Pusit and Pancit Puso.
Attractions in Kawit
Aguinaldo Shrine – This is a must see attraction when you visit Kawit, because this is the place that actually makes this town very important in the history of the country. This national shrine is a former house of the Philippines’ first president, General Emilio Aguinaldo. This place became a very important artifact of the Philippines because this is where the country’s independence was proclaimed by the General in 1898. It was also in this house that the General was born in 1869. The house was built in 1845 and entirely made of wood with its roof made of dry vegetation. Today the site has been expanded to include Aguinaldo Park built nearby. Within the building there are a lot of historical items and antique furniture.
St. Mary Magdalene Church – Built in 1638, this is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, and according to history, it was originally made of wood entirely. This church tightly relates with the history of this town. During the Spanish era, Kawit was known for being a red light district usually visited by Spanish marines. Then in order to restore the good reputation of this town, the Archbishop of Manila initiated the construction of this church with the help of six Filipini families who lived in Silang Town and Maragondon Town.
Josephine Water Camp Resort – A very exciting water camp resort with various facilities, including two swimming pools, bowling, skating, boating, biking, and horseback riding.
Maytinis Festival – This festival is held every Christmas eve and it’s a very special festival for the people in Kawit who are mostly very religious. It features a reenactment of the the holy family when searching for a shelter in Bethlehem.
Hotels in Kawit
There are many hotels in Kawit that offer great facilities and services, some Kawit hotels even provide more than just accommodation, like the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park. It sits on a 36 hectare of land and has a bowling alley, mini golf, fishing, beach volleyball, petting zoo, paintball arena, oceania water park and other great facilities.
Another great place is the Kartini Hotel. It provides a comfortable accommodation with basic comfort. But the one that makes this hotel special is its artistic design. This hotel blends perfectly in its scenic landscaped garden.