municipality of the Philippines in the province of Cavite

Kawit is a municipality of 84,000 people (2015) in Cavite.

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Aguinaldo Shrine
  • 1 Aguinaldo Shrine. The house is the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines. It is now a museum. It is where independence from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898. The grounds of the house is lush with greenery bordered by a river on the east and backed by a fish pond to the south.    
  • Battle of Binakayan Monument
  • 2 St. Mary Magdalene Church. One of the oldest churches in the Philippines, construction was started in 1737.    

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  • Maytinis Festival — An original Kawit tradition that takes place every Christmas Eve, a dramatic retelling of the Virgin Mary and Joseph's search in Bethlehem for a place to stay called "Panunuluyan". This reenactment happens on the streets of Kawit with different floats depicting different biblical scenes from Adam and Eve up to Mary and Joseph. The "Panunuluyan" takes place in several houses and is done in singing until it reaches the 400-year-old St. Mary Magdalene Church, where the Virgin Mary and Joseph are welcomed by angels in a giant belen (Nativity Scene), which covers the whole main Retablo or altarpiece of the church. The songs performed by the angels acted by little girls are mostly in Spanish and Tagalog.

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