A: Yes of course. I've been in Cavite many time since my childhood. We used to go there with my family before to have fun along the beaches and have picnic at the ocean side during summer period. This is my memorable event when I was a kid. I remember that almost every year, we used to go there especially in Kawit, Cavite and Rosario, Cavite. In 1980, my brother, Alfredo Magtalas Balajadia, Jr., was almost lost at the resort because everyone was busy and had fun at the beach and we didn't notice that my brother was not at the resort. My mother was screaming and crying because she was so worried very much because at the beach, there's a possibility that you may drown because of the strong waves. Everyone was looking for my brother and we were asked help from the lifeguards. We were continuing for finding my brother and thanks God that my late uncle, Wilfredo Samson Magtalas, finally found my brother at the gate of the resort. A young couple who found my brother was trying to help my brother to find us. They supposed to bring my brother at the nearest police station but my late uncle found him. Because of this incident, everyone especially my mother is no longer interested in going to beaches and resorts. Until now, this is a memorable event to our family.
Q: Could you please describe about Province of Cavite if you are familiar in that province?
A: Well, Cavite is located south of Rizal, west of Laguna, and north of Batangas. Cavite is also located in Region 4 known as Southern Tagalog Region. Cavite is a well-known province in Philippines because of its history especially the birthplace of Philippine Independence. Most of the notable and well-known Philippine heroes were came from Cavite. Cavite was derived from Tagalog word "Kabibe" meaning ocean shells. Many of the old folks there said that Cavite was derived from Tagalog word "Kabit" meaning to stick or to bond. According to the old folks there that some of the fishermen were putting the bamboo poles at the fishponds with nets and then later, they found out that those bamboo poles have oysters and mussels that stick to the bamboo poles. Because of this, this fishpond area becomes "Kabite" or Cavite in short. Cavite is also surrounded by Pacific Ocean that's why most of the people there are eating seafoods like fish and shellfish.
Q: We heard that Province of Cavite is also a rich province in Philippines, isn't it?
A: Well, yes, Cavite is also a rich province in Philippines not only it is very rich in history. Since Cavite is also near to Manila, this province becomes rich because most of the residents in Manila are buying meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Previously, the main source of income in Cavite was only farming and fishing. Right now, there are many industries, businesses, offices, subdivisions, and condominiums that makes Cavite more productive and their income is increased until the province becomes rich. Most of the well-known companies and industries are located at Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) in Rosario, Cavite. Since Cavite is located along Pacific Ocean, there are many salt beds, too in Bacoor, Kawit, Imus, and Rosario. Salt making is also the source of income in Cavite. Because of many companies and industries in Cavite, the province becomes crowded, too with many visitors and foreigners. Also, there are many exclusive subdivisions and shopping malls that makes a province more crowded, too.
Q: What are the main roads in Province of Cavite?
A: Well, I know only few main roads in Cavite because I am not a native resident there. The main roads there are Coastal Road, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tirona Highway, A. Soriano Highway, Manila-Cavite Road, General Trias Drive, Tanza-Trece Martires Road, Andres Bonifacio Road, Malagasang Road, Jose Abad Santos Street, Silang-General Mariano Alvarez Road, Amadeo-Tagaytay Road, Trece Martires-Indang Road, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, and Governor's Drive. These main roads are connected to the provinces of Rizal, Laguna, and Batangas.
Q: We learned that most of the well-known actors in Philippines are also from Cavite, aren't they?
Yes, they are. Actually, there are many well-known actors in Philippines who are also from Cavite like Ramon Revilla, Sr. and Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. They are from Imus, Cavite. Ramon Revilla, Sr. is a veteran actor who became later a well-known senator in Philippines. His son, Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., is also a well-known actor in Philippines who became a governor in Cavite and later a senator in Philippines, too. The Revilla families are came from a decent family and they are respected by the people in Cavite and even in Philippines that's why I voted them in a senatorial position in Philippines. Marian Rivera, a well-known actress in Philippines, is also a resident in Cavite. There are many well-known politicians who are also residents in Cavite like Gilbert Remulla, and so on. The people in Cavite are also brave and smart that's why the province becomes productive and rich.
Q: There's a well-known resort in Cavite which is Island Cove. Did you visit already in this resort?
A: Yes, I've been at Island Cove Resort located in Kawit, Cavite many times already when I was a resident in Philippines especially as a professor at De La Salle University. Island Cove Resort is a well-known resort for many years already. Most of the meetings and gatherings of well-known companies are mostly held at Island Cove Resort. They are also accepting weddings, baptisms, birthdays, and other occasions there. When I visited in Philippines in 2002 and 2009, I don't have enough time to visit at this resort. When we had the annual summer outings of Faculty Association of De La Salle University, we were always going to Island Cove Resort for a vacation and outing for 3 days. Wow, this is a memorable event that I have. I wish that I can visit to this resort again with my friends and relatives.
Q: We heard that you were arrived in Philippines on November 9, 2009. Since you are a Balikbayan, did you have a tour in Province of Cavite?
A: Yes, I went to Kawit, Cavite on November 24, 2009 to visit the Aguinaldo Shrine with my cousin, Mark Anthony Tan. Aguinaldo Shrine is a well-known place where the declaration of Philippine Independence was held on June 12, 1898. This is also a residence of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of Philippines. Before Malacaņang Palace was built, the shrine was an official resident and office of the President of the Philippines during his term. There are so many memorable things at Aguinaldo Shrine including the vintage appliances and cars that he and his family used. At the shrine, there's a bowling area at the back of the lobby. Bowling is the favorite sports of General Emilio Aguinaldo. There are also many pictures and portraits of General Emilio Aguinaldo and his family. The original flag of Philippines is also at the shrine. The remains of General Emilio Aguinaldo is located at the backyard of the shrine. After the death of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the Aguinaldo family were decided to donate the shrine to Philippine government and make into a museum so that the tourists, guests, and visitors can see the shrine. This is my first time to visit the shrine and I love this place because it is very classical and historical spot.
Q: Since you visited in Cavite, did you visit in Tagaytay City?
A: Yes, of course. We visited in Tagaytay City on November 26, 2009 with my cousin, Mark Anthony Tan, after we went to Taal Volcano in Talisay, Batangas. We were decided to go to Tagaytay City because we didn't take a boat ride going to Taal Volcano to see the crater of a volcano there. The boat fare there is expensive and they need at least 6 people in order to have a boat ride there. The boat fare is per boat not per people. Anyway, after we arrived in Tagaytay City, we went to Picnic Grove to see the whole Taal Volcano including the Taal Lake. Since Tagaytay City is a high elevated area, you will see the whole Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. There are many tourists and foreigners inside the Picnic Grove. Picnic Grove is also a nice place to stay especially to the tourists and foreigners. There are many restaurants, hotels, resorts, and stores there. This is also a tourist spot in Philippines. Since Tagaytay City is an elevated area, the whole city is cold and windy that's why there are many foreigners and visitors there. The rest of the places in Philippines are mostly hot and humid that's why many foreigners are decided to stay in Tagaytay City for their visit in Philippines. After we had a tour at Picnic Grove, we went to a restaurant there to eat bulalo and lomi. Bulalo and lomi are the popular dishes in Tagyatay City and Batangas. Their dishes are very delicious especially bulalo. After that, we went to the downtown area of Tagaytay City to see the public market and Olivares Plaza. At Olivares Plaza, you can buy fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, sweets and delicacies. The terminal buses and jeppneys are also located there.
Q: How's the weather in Province of Cavite?
A: Well, the weather there was fair because it was raining especially in the afternoon. The temperature there is 90°F during days and 75°F during nights. The ocean waves there especially in Bacoor, Kawit, Imus, and Rosario were very strong because of the rains and strong winds at the ocean. Although the weather there was raining, we were enjoyed in our tour there.
Q: Do you recommend to anyone to visit in Province of Cavite?
A: Yes, of course. I am inviting everyone to visit in Cavite because it is also a nice place especially the oceans and beaches. Although Cavite is also a crowded province, it is still a nice place to visit because there are many subdivisions, shopping malls, industries, companies, and businesses. There are some parts in the province that are still a farm and ranch areas that are nice to visit, too. The foods there are very delicious especially the fishes and seafoods. If you like to eat fishes and seafoods especially oysters, mussels, and clams, Cavite is a nice place for your vacation.