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10 Things You’ll Only Get If You Live in Cavite


10 Things You’ll Only Get If You Live in Cavite

Being a Cavite-born-and-raised kid, I find it quite difficult to point out things that only #TrueCaviteños will understand since those are things that I grew up being familiar with and what I thought were normal.

But in the past three years that I’ve studied in Manila, there are things about us Caviteños that my Laking Maynila™ friends find …amusing. (Thankfully, after two years of pointing them out to us, our Manileño friends finally got used to it.)

So if you’re Taga-Cavite, read on and find out what makes a true-blooded Caviteño different from the others.


1. We’re creative with our words.

In my group of friends, I’m not sure how many times we have explained to our non-Caviteño friends that:
a. “nakain” is the same thing as “kumakain”, like how “naulan” means “umuulan”.
b. “dang” is not a swear word, but is actually something we use to emphasize a point, like “Dang init sa Pinas!”
c. “dia” is not something we made up. Like c’mon, it’s a shorter version of ‘di ba’!


2. We’re not angry all the time, we promise!

We speak loudly. Our Manileño friends always ask us to lower our voices, saying that shouting isn’t necessary since they can hear us just fine. (It took them a while to get used to our default tones. Took them a lot longer to realize that we’re not really good in chismisan since we suck at whispering.)

There’s also the issue about how we have an accent different from everyone else. “Bakit ang daming punto ng salita niyo?” Walang basagan ng trip.


3. Cavite is the #1 Go-To spot for chibugan.

I can’t even deny the abundance of cafés, grill houses, or even the simple tapsihans here in Cavite. Up for a barbeque night? There are grill houses like Angelo Barbeque + Drinks and MRP House of Grill to satisfy your taste buds. Coffee and chill weekends? Cafés are all around the area like Subi-Monte Café, Café Antix, Black Apartment, and Café Moraco. Even Tagaytay’s only a short drive away.


4. Everybody knows everyone.

Every conversation is a plethora of names, especially when you’re eating. I’m not sure how it became small talk reserved for the dining room, but there will always be a “Kinasal na pala si Amy kay Jim.” “Sinong Jim?” “Jim, anak nila Aling Cora.” “Aling Cora sa Caridad? Pakisabi congrats.” whenever we eat. Always.


5. Remember the Iconic Gov. Jonvic Remulla?

Known as Gov. Pogi, this governor rose to fame because of how creative his announcements were, especially when suspending classes. It was so witty that even students outside Cavite started looking out for his announcements. He was even featured by different publishers!


6. We can all relate to the Tollgate Traffic Madness.

Caviteños who study/work in Manila, this one is for you. Morning classes sound fine until you realize that you have to be sitting (or standing) inside the bus at 5 AM to make it to your 8 AM class. But make sure it’s 5 AM sharp, because a minute late, you’ll find yourself stuck in the toll gate traffic at 9 in the morning.


7. “Saan nga yung Cavite City? Imus ba yon, o Dasma?”

Cavite City peeps, this one is for you. I’m not sure if the maps sold in Manila doesn’t include Cavite City, because apparently, Cavite can only be either Imus or Dasmarinas when you’re in Manila. I can’t count the times I was asked where the f*** Cavite City is located. I was even called stupid once for answering “Malamang sa Cavite.

I mean, how would someone even answer that? Kidding aside, I’m sure not all Caviteños are familiar with the whole Cavite province.


8. We’ve got the Baby Bus.

When I found out three years ago that baby buses only exist in Cavite, I was #shookt. All my life I thought it was a universal thing like jeepneys. (Imagine the sadness that oozed out of me when I found out that jeepneys aren’t a universal thing, either. Waaaay to ruin my childhood.)

Anyway, yes, baby buses are a Caviteño thing. I remember taking my Manileno friends in Cavite and after making them ride the baby bus, they immediately started calling it ‘the demon bus’ because of how fast it went. They never rode it again.

Photo from Google Images.


9. Who doesn’t love Pat and Sam Rice Cakes?

That’s it, that’s the whole story. Because if you’re from Cavite, you would know how words aren’t enough to describe how beautiful the samala rice cakes taste.

Pat and Sam Delicacies and Pasalubong, located in Cavite City, offers native rice cakes like bibingka, sapin sapin, cassava cake, puto, kuchinta, pichi pichi, ube haleya, leche flan and assorted native cookies, bread and sweets.)

Photo from Pat and Sam Delicacies Facebook Page.


10. Mall-hopping is a thing.

Shopping malls are everywhere, and with everywhere I mean we have malls located only 30 minutes to an hour apart. There’s SM City Rosario, BDO SM City Trece Martires, SM City Dasmarinas, SM City Molino, SM City Bacoor, Lotus Mall, Ayala Malls Serin, Lumina Point Mall Savemore, The District – Imus, The District Dasmarinas, V Central Mall, CityMall – Imus, Portal Mall, Walter Mart Trece Martires, Walter Mart Carmona, Premier Plaza, Elements Mall, Robinsons Place Dasmarinas, Robinsons Place General Trias, and Robinsons Place Imus. That’s twenty malls. TWENTY.

So there you have it. If you’re from Cavite, I’m sure you’ll find some (or all) of these relatable! Dang-proud na Caviteño ‘to! Let us know your #GoCavite stories by sharing this article on Facebook and by leaving a comment below!



  1. Beng

    June 2, 2017 at 11:30 am

    di ka Caviteño kung di mo alam ang #karakol

    • joh

      June 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Im also a caviteño for almost 1 year only (1998-1999). Then going to Calamba,Laguna from 1999 up to present.


      June 3, 2017 at 11:38 pm


    • Nel asturiano

      June 30, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Di ka Caviteno kung di ka nkakain sa Digman Halo-halo

    • Gia

      July 28, 2017 at 5:46 am

      May kulang po.. hindi nabilang kung ilan ang Alfamart at Puregold.. Also dito sa Cavite if you want to get re-fueled go to Petron gas stations. Literally, if you wanna get drunk theyre open 24/7… the place to be…..

  2. Dana

    June 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Not all cavitenos are unfamiliar with cavite city. If you’re truly a caviteno alam mo kung saan ang daan pa imus, dasma, trece, silang etc. And kung saan naman abg papuntang pa noveleta, rosario especially Cavite City! And so on! :p

  3. Jennifer Cinco-Vergara Lumahang

    June 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Di nabanggit Waltermart Dasma, hehehw

    • joh

      June 3, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Waltermart crossing calamba

  4. Arlene Budiongan

    June 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    true!I am a proud Caviteña! 💜😍❤️

  5. Xixi

    June 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Hey writer. Ung number 9 mo po pang only from Cavite City knows.

  6. Janet Rausa

    June 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    If nobody knows where Cavite City is, try telling them you live in Noveleta. The next question will be where is that? My usual answer, if I’m in the mood, is near Kawit which is usually met with a resounding “oh” and a nod. History lessons and a field trip to Aguinaldo’s residence, have imprinted Kawit forever in the Pinoy consciousness. One or two however remember Noveleta as that flood prone place in Cavite during typhoon season. Never mind the fact that this is the lowest place in Cavite and is between 3 municipalities; Kawit, Rosario and Cavite City. And yes, once in a while I do say I live in Kawit. Hahaha

    • joh

      June 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      As i remember you must turn right before SM Bacoor when youre from Coastal or Zapote. Or turn left after SM Bacoor when youre from Imus. Way going to Cavite City as I remembered.

  7. Vivienne Desor

    June 2, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    You forgot to include the native dance of Caviteños, “Bakte” which the KMJS TV Program featured a week ago.

  8. Jenny

    June 2, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    In no.1-c the term “dia” i thought it’s not a shorter version for “Di ba?”, it’s for “Hindi ah”.

    • mabel

      June 3, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Yes Jenny,you’re right “dia?” is the short term of the word “Hindi ha?”

    • Drakeyboy Torrijos

      June 3, 2017 at 7:06 pm


    • Rodney

      June 6, 2017 at 3:18 am

      Sa cavite city kse we always use this term “dia dre”

    • Cavite armalite

      July 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      oo mali nga yun dia simple as Hinde ah! tanungin mu kung alam yun PANCHONG at PURUNGO

  9. Dinna

    June 2, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Dang right you are Karen!

  10. Che

    June 2, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    May bagong mall pa na tinatayo sa alapan. At maraming alfamart kht saan.. Haha!

  11. Chu

    June 2, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Hap – hayup (hap ung bus na nasakyan namin e)
    Dia – diba
    De – dre (de nakita mo si )
    Par – pare (par kasama mo ba si)
    Balasik – matindi
    Dang – sobra sa over (dang balasik nung tropa)
    Shower – tsinelas
    Nyol – matanda
    Grande – malaki
    Chili – a mans pride.
    Kaganina at kagahapon – kanina at kahapon,
    Aw – ang pag react sa mga bagay na di mo inaasahan, pag nasabi mo ang bagay na mali pala, uulitin mo ung word pero lalagayan mo ng aw sa una para kunwari joke lang.(hirap i explain e.)
    Ex: Parang mali, aw parang mali.

    Not official.

    • zae

      June 4, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      Kaganina, kanina na gabi, kagahapon, kahapon na gabi😂😂😂

  12. Jean Camille alforma

    June 2, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Malala ko ung friend Kong isinama ko sa lugar namin dto sa cavite Na sya ay taga Bulacan, then sumakay kami Ng baby bus , and she ask… Jean hndi ba sumasabog to??? Sabi ko what ?? Why hahaha… Kse sabe nya ganung bus saw ung mga pinapasabog sa mga pelikula sa TV date … So ntuwa ako kse dko alam un. Then excited syang pindutin ung buzzer hahaha … Just to stop the bus or else u can say Para!!! Hahahaha .. #proudcaviteña

  13. Yen

    June 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Nice one!

  14. Kenneth Sunit

    June 2, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Gusto ko yung #1, specially pag taga GenTri ka. Yung word na “to e” nagiging
    “ti”, eg: “Napakatindi ng mga to eh” -> “Napakatindi ng mga ti”

  15. Rhesia May

    June 2, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Hahahaha ang cute lang isipin na pare-pareho tayong mga caviteño ang makakarelate dito. Hahaha😁😍😂

  16. Jack ng Lati, Cavite City

    June 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Alam mong hindi taga cavite kapag sumakay sa baby bus eh nakikipa abot ng bayad hehehhe
    – Jack ng Lati, Cavite City

  17. eva monton

    June 2, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    sometimes we used the word “eh” even we r not batangeño….
    “eh hnd ka nmn nagsabi eh” 😂😂😂

  18. Liezl Gonzales

    June 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Cavite is the place to be.. i gew up here .. go to cavite and you will love to stay here..Cavite lang kami.. go cavite ..go cavitenos and cavitenias..

  19. mercy Dayrit

    June 2, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    True blooded Cavitenio really a good person to be with we’re honest inside and out.

  20. redhawk

    June 3, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Dang lupet! Mega galing!

  21. Ash

    June 3, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Truly Caviteños are unique!and proud to be one! ☺

  22. heart alvarez

    June 3, 2017 at 4:23 am

    you are indeed a true blooded Caviteño Karen it’s in your genes to write good articles like this Keep it up!

    • Karen Signo

      June 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Thank you, Ma’am! 🙂

  23. AJV

    June 3, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Definitely a huge change, looking back in the early 90’s where the closes mall is harrison plaza… hahahaha

    • Karen

      June 4, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Correct! hahaha

  24. Vangie Nierva

    June 3, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Mas known ang Puto ni Samala before pa ang Pat n Sam

  25. armando diaz

    June 3, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Sooner, Cavite will have Ayala and it is in Kawit and they will call it “EVO CITY”

  26. Paulo

    June 3, 2017 at 7:45 am

    May iba pang salita na mga etivac lang nakakaintinde. Ex:
    “NAPURUNGGO ako sa BANGBANG kase kinuha ko ang KAMPET na nahulog sa tubeg, nabasa tuloy PUNJO ng KARAUSILYO ko DANG baho!

    • Arlin

      June 3, 2017 at 11:36 am


    • Trab

      June 5, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Hahaha parang taga imus ka😄😄😄😄

  27. Joy

    June 3, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Hindi ako taga cavite pero ipinagmamalaki ko ang mga tao sa cavite sa pagiging warm.taga antipolo kami ng nanay ko ay nagtitinda ng kasoy at suman sa naic, salinas, tanza, at marigondon. Nakapagbakasyon di ako nung higj school ako sa salinas kanila nanay ising sa wawa at naranasan ang karakol, pagtitinapa…marami kaming mayayamang customer n ni isa ay walang nangmata bagkus open arms nila kaming tinanggap maliban sa isang taga tanza babae n nakapag asawa ng isang engr n tubong cavite… si engr p ang humingi ng paumanhin sa aking nanay…si kuya romy na may ari ng rural bank ng at mga school ay isa sa pinakamabait at simpleng mayaman n nakilala ko sa naic cavite.minsan nadukutan kami ng pera at walng pamasahe papunta ng cavite nasa baclaran n kami nun.walang magpasakay sa amin n baby bus papuntang naic, pero ng binanggit ni nanay ang pangalan ni ate nene agad kaming pinasakay at pinalitan n lang namin ng kasoy ang aming pamasahe…mababait ang mga taga cavite at malalambing!!!

  28. Niño Roldan Zapanta

    June 3, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Dang! I can’t disagree with #2. Haha..
    #Caviteño #Naiceño

  29. Cha

    June 3, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Relate much…. it makes me smile while reading it😁

  30. Ross

    June 3, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Sa ngayon tila kakaunti nalamang ang taal na taga Cavite.
    Karamihan ay mga dayo,marahil ay as dahilang noong ang navy recruitment ay nasa Sangley Pt., Cavite City pa
    Maraming Caviteno ang nagnavy, kayat nadala ang buung angkan sa tate.
    Dito sa Imus, halos wala na akong masyado kakilala.

  31. Jason ng anabu

    June 3, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Dyame – dayami
    Kakang mena
    Doon lang ho anya kame sa may ilaya
    Trangkahan – kanto nyo 🙂


  32. jayne

    June 3, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    when someone ask
    : San ka sa cavite?
    me: Cavite City
    : saan nga sa cavite ?
    me: sa cavite city nga po!
    : ah sa Dasma ba yun or sa Bacoor?
    me : (tingin sa taa..then Face palm) oo na lng. hahahaha

    • Karen

      June 4, 2017 at 6:51 am

      relate much! hahaha

  33. Vernon Yumol

    June 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Nice article… he he he… sa lugar namin pag sinabi mo gusto mo bumili ng tinapa ituturo ka sa gawaan ng tinapa sa ligtong para dun ka pumili ng bibilhin mo…

    • gerald sumi,etivac

      June 3, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      sa amin sa cavite nang gagaling ang mga tinapa na ibinebenta sa baclaran at saka ang pinaka paborito kong longganisang imus,saan ka makakakain ng fresh na tahong at talaba…ndi ka taga cavite pag ndi ka marunong magbukas ng talaba..marami pang iba..

      proud to be #imuseno #caviteno

  34. Drakeyboy Torrijos

    June 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Walang cavite kng wala ang “eh”. Kaya napatunayan na ang DLSU’s very first school was established at dasmarinas.. Kc, “Dela salleh, dasmarinas!” Kung caviteno k, magegets m yan. 😁😏😎😉

  35. Thirdy

    June 4, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Nice read! Correct if i am wrong but I believe “dang” means “ubod ng” as in “ubod ng ganda”, “ubod ng traffic sa coastal” and so on..also, there is sabongero in every family.. foods called parasyon (monay), kampitis (kornik) among others..Mabuhay ang mga Caviteno!

    • Thirdy

      June 4, 2017 at 4:01 am

      *i mean correct me if i am wrong…by the way, keep on writing about Cavite Karen.. Good job!

  36. amie

    June 4, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Bwakanenang yan. Hindi taga kabite pag hindi alam ang mga yan.

    pag hinabol ang caviteño, mahirap abutan sa dami ng pwedeng labasan. Saan mo gusto? Las Piñas, Parañaque, Batangas, Laguna. Sayang, wala na yung ferry pa maynila.

  37. Calixto kamantigue jr.

    June 5, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Im on my 50s now.. mga early 70s kung pupunta kami ng .. Dasmarinas.. ang ang gamit namin ” Mariñas” pero now.. Dasma . Na.

  38. Annie De Guzman - Tecson

    June 8, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Kesong puti sa may Dizon Bakery, pansit pusit ni Asyong, pats bakery with their cinnamon rolls, fried chicken and pansit Canton ng Chefoo makes regular visits to our beloved Cavite City so memorable 💜💜💜

  39. lee

    June 14, 2017 at 5:43 am

    them: saan ka sa Cavite?
    me: Cavite City po
    them: oo nga, san ka nga dun?
    me: Cavite City po.
    them: (long pause), ah iba pa ba yun sa Dasma?

  40. Kima

    June 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Karakol kapag may okasyon especially sa mga Katoliko.

    Cavite City – ang tawag ko dyan eh dulo ng Cavite. Hahaha kasi sa dulo yan eh, makalagas ng Noveleta. Dinuktungan lang ng Kawit. HAHAHA

    Nice post, yung baby bus, sa Bacoor—>Tanza–>Ternate—>Cavite City lang ang madalas na ruta nila. Kasi, I remember yung friends ko from Indang, Dasma and Trece nagulat sila sa “Baby bus” first time nila makita un talagang super unfamiliar sila. Actually inuto ko pa sila na “Guys, yan ang baby bus tapos yung sumunod dyan eh yung Mother bus at yung mga Saulog na un ang Father bus” at naniwala naman sila. hahahaha :))

  41. ObiwanRei

    July 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Ms. Karen Signo….. talaga bang taga Cavite ka? o immigrant? kasi kung talagang taga Cavite ka, your article should have many more things that you should mention or write. You should explain where Cavite City is, based on what you’ve written you yourself doesn’t know where Cavite Ciity is.
    Ang dami mong hindi nabanggit like, Digman Halo-Halo, paborito sa buong Cavite na ang kapartner he siopao, bibingka galapong sa Binakayan, , sinampalukan native na manok, originally Caviite talaga.

    Mga salitang tulad ng prunggo ; papagayo ; nanggigitata, naglalamira, namumugigi, saramulyo — oh alam mo ba ang mga salitang ito? kung hindi mo alam, hindi ka taga original na Caviteno..

  42. Cavite armalite

    July 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    kapag sinabi na

    UMAANGE (TAGALOG)-UMAAM PIYAS or AMPIYAS- ex: pumapsok yun ulan sa loob ng bintana- sarhan ang bintana umaapiyas ang ulan.
    Cementeryo ” – Panchong – libingan ng patay (chabacano in cavite city used this word mostly)
    Anu sa tagalog nito >>>>> pre –purunggo – bleed to bits of broken glass – ingat ka baka ka mapurunggo.

    OLD STYLE of CAVITENOS –70’s- kulduroy, hush puppies, scarf, open polo sleeve 2 buttons tie.

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