The opulent Aguinaldo mansion (built 1845) in Kawit played an important role in Philippine history. It was here when Cavite's revolutionary general Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the independence of the Philippines from Spanish rule, creating Asia's first republic on June 12, 1898. Technically, Aguinaldo was the first president.
The compound was declared a national shrine after the death of the general in 1964, whose tomb was placed in the garden behind the mansion. There's a newly built park in front of the mansion.
Once claimed as the Christmas Town of the Philippines, Imus is a clean and lovely town made popular by its Christmas street preparations started as early as 3rd week of November where every barrio start to decorate their streets with beautiful Christmas lanterns and other holidays stuffs. When visiting Imus during this season, you will notice that you're about to pass by another barrio when the design/ color/ theme of the street changes.
Undeniably the most popular attraction of Cavite province, Tagaytay City is at the other end of the Aguinaldo Highway. Tagaytay is famous for its cool and windy atmosphere, fantastic views of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano and fresh fruits and vegetables and beefmeat.
Caylabne Bay Resort is located in Ternate, Cavite. It's 90 km south of Manila. We visited the place April 2006 with some friends from work. It has 2 pools and a beachfront but there were jellyfish so we just stayed in the pools.
Part of the daytrip was lunch (choose from liempo, fried chicken and pork) which was a disappointment. We expected something more from the P1000 package. It didn't include drinks, either. We still had fun in the pools primarily because of the company, and the change of scenery.
They have ATVs, banana boat, aquacycles and paddle boards for rent. The rest of the groups rented ATVs and they said it was fun (so this is not first-hand but it's from 4/4 people). I appreciated this trip because it's far from Dasma where I'm based and it was a welcome break from work.
You may want to give this one a try. The place has a butterfly park, a mini zoo, a water park, and there are several things that the family can do like a sing at their videoke, eat at the restaurant that serves filipino food, or play table tennis.
The place is ok. Nothing fancy about it. But I particularly like the bird farm with the ostriches and the emu. These animals are not indigenous to the Philippines but somehow they thrive well here. There's also a crocodile farm that surrounds a place where they have monkeys. The monkeys are funny creatures as they are sooo playful. The kids will adore them.
This was the former home of the first Philippine President - General Emilio Aguinaldo. It is a mansion, moderate in size but is really amusing. I remember how it surprised me to see how they had actually done the ceiling with the map of the Philippines carved on it. There's an old car which has been wonderfully preserved. It also features some of the clothes of the President and his family.
One of the things I liked was how the house has a reception for guests and another reception for those secret meetings located at the back.
This place is now converted into a museum and there are items which can be bought at the annex.
For Php 550 per hour, this is a good experience to begin with. For beginners, better look for someone who has experience Kayaking before. Life vest are given but if you don't know how to Kayak, you would not move. :)
Break camp, trek down, swim before you head home. Oh, and don't forget to pack your garbage too. Bring them to the registration point.