Rediscover the birthplace of Philippine Independence!

If you enjoyed movies like Heneral Luna (2015) and Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (2014) then this is the trip for you. Meet descendants of revolutionaries; try local delicacies and get a glimpse life as it was during the late 19th and the early 20th centuries.

Just a few minutes from Manila is Kawit, Cavite – the birthplace of Philippine Independence.

On this four-hour tour around the municipality, we delve deep into the Revolution of 1896, the Philippine – American War and the physical landscape that was not only the stage of battles, but also a silent player that influenced the course of history.

Saint Mary Magdalene Church was heavily damaged during the Revolution of 1896. It was reconstructed during peace time and holds records from the 1800s.

kawit pandayan

Local panday or smiths forging knives and farm tools. Purchase your own bolo or try knife making for yourself.

Salt making is an industry in Kawit with written history that dates back to at least the early 1600s, but is currently being threatened by climate change. Weather permitting, a tour to one of Kawit’s remaining salterns is included.

This heritage tour was developed by community volunteers under the guidance of Fundacion Santiago and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine & Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine). These volunteers, known as the Cavite el Viejo Heritage Tourism Association (CVHTA), are committed to the preservation and promotion of the town’s significant heritage treasures – historical and natural sites, traditions and festivities. It is the group’s belief that pride of place is a powerful tool for nation building.


NOTE: There are ONLY 10 SLOTS available for this tour. This historical tour is limited in size to guarantee the best experience for the guests, the local partners and carrying capacity of heritage sites.

Tour Highlights

Freedom Park
Saint Mary Magdalene Church
Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine
Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine and Museum
Battle of Binakayan Monument
Salterns (weather-permitting)