Pandayan (Blacksmith Shop) | Things to do in Kawit-Cavite
Foundries, once a thriving local industry, produced swords, bolos, and machetes that were used by Filipino fighters during the Philippine Revolution. Santulan still keeps two swords with metal hilts that she said has been around for a long time, possibly even dating back to the Spanish period. A mere five-minute walk from the Aguinaldo Shrine, the pandayan remains a living part of Kawit’s historical narrative.
|Open:||Everyday, 7am - 5pm; closed on holidays.|
|Address:||, Kawit, Cavite|
Also known as St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Kawit Church is one of nine pilgrim churches in Cavite. It is also the second oldest parish in the province. Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the First Philippine Republic, was baptized here in 1869. Jesuits established the parish in 1624, but it wasn't until 1737 when the current stone structure was built.
The church was nearly destroyed during the Philippine-American war. In 1990, the church was renovated and restored with an orange brick facade and a four-storey belfry. Typical of earthquake baroque style, both sides of the church are supported by thick buttresses. On the main and side altars are three gold-and-white retablos built in the 1800s. An antique life-sized image of St. Mary Magdalene, which locals believe to be miraculous, is displayed on the left altar.
- Monday 6:30am
- Tuesday 6:30am
- Wednesday 6:30am and 6pm
- Thursday 6:30am
- Friday 6:30am 1st friday 6:30am and 6pm
- Saturday 6:30am, 4:30pm and 6pm
- Sunday 6:30am, 8am, 9:30am, 4:30pm and 6pm
Beside St. Mary Magdalene Church once stood the old town hall of Kawit, site of a short but significant attack by Filipino revolutionaries that sparked the uprising in Cavite. On the afternoon of August 31, 1896, Emilio Aguinaldo and Candido Tirona led a group of fighters in storming the seat of government and seizing guns from the Guardia Civil. The attack, now known as the Kawit Revolt, was capped off with the raising of the Magdalo flag at the town hall. A new municipal building with a pink facade now stands in place of the old town hall but the National Historical Commission has placed a marker on the front wall indicating the historical significance of the site. A few meters from the building is a statue of Candido Tirona. He served as the Secretary of War of the Katipunans Magdalo Council. Tirona died in the famed Battle of Binakayan barely three months after the Kawit Revolt.
This shrine marks the Philippines' most historic window: on June 12, 1898, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo declared the independence of the Philippines, ending the 333 years of Spanish rule. The window, now renovated and converted into the Balcony of Independence, is the centerpiece of the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. The seven-story mansion is a labyrinth of halls and rooms decked with nationalistic tableaus and art nouveau designs, secret passages, hidden storage areas, a bomb shelter, and a 500-meter long tunnel leading to St. Mary Magdalene Church. The ground floor was converted into a museum displaying an extensive collection of personal memorabilia. The tower, the most prominent part of the mansion, provides a sweeping view of Cavite, Manila, and Bataan.
Things to do nearby
Experience this ultimate Caviteño food tour with no other than Cavite’s long-time food historian, Ige Ramos! Stops include heirloom restaurants and major historical landmarks and museums that made Cavite “The historical capital of the Philippines.”
The Dessert Museum is 8 mouthwatering rooms of sugar-filled happiness.
This is the only museum you’ll ever slide into! Follow our Candy Rabbits through our Donut Hole and slip down our sprinkle slide into the most magical food-filled fantasy you will ever experience. Choose your path through our Candy Cane Groves or go Cotton Candy Picking in our sweetly enchanted forest. The adventure is just beginning!
As you slide, jump, play, and swing through The Dessert Museum, prepare to explore uniquely themed rooms tailored to each dessert, creating a one-of-a-kind tasting experience. We aspire to provoke the imagination by featuring popular desserts in fun, creative, and Instagrammable rooms. These rooms are not only for pictures; they also contain ultra-cool facts about our sweet after-dinner past times.
The Dessert Samples
Every dessert we feature is carefully selected, from hand-made artisanal chocolates to our fairy-dusted cotton candy! Sweet-tooths beware you are in for a sugar overdose!
- Visit Lakbay Museum, the Philippines' first-ever interactive millennial museum.
- See 11 of the country's most iconic landmarks like Banaue Rice Terraces and the iconic Mayon Volcano in Albay, as presented in a very instagrammable displays and dioramas inside the museum.
- Immerse in the Philippine culture, see all the top tourist destinations, and eat traditional Filipino Food inside Lakbay Museo!
Where to stay
Candi Dasa Resort is a relaxing getaway situated in Brgy. Santol, Tanza, Cavite which is about an hour and a half drive from Manila via Coastal Road and Cavitex. Surrounded by nature, its laidback and serene ambiance allows the guests to relax and unwind from the pressure of life's daily routine and activities. Swimming in the adult and kiddie pool is irresistible especially at night with the color-changing lights. Several amenities such as videoke and playground are also provided for more enjoyment. So come visit us and we guarantee that you'll have a great time.
Golden Oasis Hotel is dedicated to quality accommodations and good customer service, it is located in Molino 4 and accessible choice of resting and overnight accommodation for business and leisure activities for those frequenting or visiting Cavite. Offers security and sanctuary at very affordably rates on a per set number of hour basis. The hotel can also be easily accessible thru local PUJ's and Vans.
Getting there and around
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