About Cavite City
Long before the arrival of the Spaniards, Cavite City - then known as "Tangway" (peninsula), was already a trading center where Chinese traders or "Sanglay" conducted business with its people.
During the early Spanish time, it was known as "Ciudad de Oro" until the year 1614, when the Spaniards fortified the place with "muralla," (high thick walls) and surrounded it with moats, and called the place "Puerto de Cavite." Because of its strategic location, it was made the capital of the province.
Historians differ in their versions of the origin of Cavite. One group avers that the name came from the Tagalog word "Kabit-e" which means "attached", "joined" or "connected." Another group claims it came from the word "Kalawit" or "hook" because of the land which is shaped like a hook.
Another version says that when the Spaniards occupied Manila in 1571, occupation forces were sent southward to a place called "Kawit-e." Because of the lack of "K" and "W" in the Spanish alphabet, the colonizers substituted the letters C and V for K and W. Henceforth, the place was called "Cavite."
Seal of Cavite City
The middle green strip symbolizes and signifies the progress and advancement achieved so far by the city and the vision and dreams to achieve further progress and development, with the help and guidance of Almighty God.
The half sun signifies the rising sun, which embodies the hopes, dreams and visions of the Cavitenos for material, physical and spiritual progress. It can also signify the setting sun, to show that the western shores of the city provides one of the most beautiful sunsets in the country, if not the whole world.
The five yellow stars represent the five districts comprising Cavite City : San Roque including Fort San Felipe; San Antonio, including Sangley Point and the Corregidor Island and other islands nearby; Caridad, Sta. Cruz and Dalahican.
The half-circle below the sun composed of three sets of waves, in blue and white, stand for the fact that Cavite is a peninsula surrounded by sea, while the three sets of navy blue and light blue and white strips stand for the three bays that surround the city, namely: Canacao Bay, Bacoor Bay and Manila Bay.
Source : Socio-Economic Profile 2000 of Cavite City prepared by the City Planning and Development Office
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