We, Caviteños, take extreme pride in being a Caviteño. Instead of being overcome by modernization, it is evident how we still observe the language, preserve the recipes and kept the culture that has been instilled in us by our parents and grandparents.
Do you want to know a few of the things that make us, Caviteños, stand out from the others? Then read on!
1. The “Ubusan ng Lahi” system is too familiar for us.
Never get into a fight with a pure-blooded Caviteño because frankly, you’ll never win. Families born and raised in the province of Cavite area always ready to seek justice for any of their aggrieved family members. After all, Cavite is the heartland of the Philippine Revolution.
2. We always dance the Karakol during Fiestas.
When fiestas are held in Cavite, expect boys and girls of all ages to go dancing the Karakol on the streets. The Karakol is a dance procession dedicated to the patron saint of the locality. Whether the participants are holding a pot or a fan, the dance is an expression of the people’s strong faith.
3. It’s not real halo-halo unless it’s from Digman.
The iced dessert halo-halo in Cavite would never be satisfying unless it’s from Digman. Named after a small barangay in Bacoor, the Digman halo-halo is the dessert to beat the summer heat. It is filled with langka strips, red beans, bananas, sago, nata de coco and more!
4. We love to eat Kalamay Buna Indang!
You know you shouldn’t miss the Kalamay Buna when you’re in Indang! It’s made from glutinous rice called “malagkit” and is mixed with coconut milk and panutsa (caramelized brown sugar). Originated from Brgy. Buna Lejos, the sweet delicacy has been around the town since 1937.
5. We start our day with Kape Amadeo.
Did someone order a cup of Kapeng Barako? Just one sip of this strong gratifying brew from the coffee capital of the Philippines, Amadeo, will keep you awake for the day!
6. The Jacobina Biscuit is our provincial treasure.
When someone mentions the town of Mendez, the Jacobina biscuit always comes to mind. Since 1947, the “Original Filipino Square Biscuits” has been bringing joy during afternoon snacks with the delightful taste and crispy texture in every bite! Oh, and it’s best paired with hot chocolate, milk or coffee!
7. Everyone here knows the Bakte dance
Not known to many, the “Bakte” dance is a cultural dance performed by the Imuseño farmers after harvesting the crops. Before the urban development came in, Imus was once an agricultural land where farming was the major source of livelihood for the residents. During the early days, the farmers gathered in one place to rejoice the harvest season and offer a celebratory dance for the bountiful produce.
8. Jasper Jean Liner, San Agustin or Erjohn?
Regardless of your bus liner of choice, Caviteños who commute to work or school everyday know too well what time to ride the bus so they may still take a seat. Caviteño bus passengers also know by heart which among these bus operators possess a “buwis buhay” driving style, or which buses play the most decent movies on board.
9. Oysters, anyone?
It’s no wonder where Barangay Talaba got its name from. The city of Bacoor is located along the coast where seafood such as Tahong (mussels) and Talaba (oysters) are plenty. Get them cheap and fresh here!
10. Multitude of villages here and there.
Have you ever heard of Green Homes, Green City, Green Lane, Green Town, Green Gate? It looks like property developers in Cavite are already running out of names to call their community.
The population in the province of Cavite alone stands at a whopping 3.68 million, according to the 2015 census. Its close proximity to Metro Manila makes it a top choice for yuppies and families to find a home here. Hence, the term “dayo” was coined to identify the Caviteños whose roots came from different regions.
And that’s a wrap! If you missed the Part 1 of this article, click here to read. Comment your thoughts and share with us how it’s like growing up in our beautiful province!