St. Mary Magdalene Parish ChurchKm. Post 23, Tirona Highway, Wakas, Kawit, Cavite
One of the oldest churches in the Philippines, the original church in Kawit is still almost intact. Built in 1638, its facade and thick walls are made of red brick. Thick stone buttresses projecting from the outer walls on both sides of the church reinforced it so it was untouched by the earthquakes that ravaged other old ones in the country.
Among all the churches in coastal Cavite, only the St. Magdalene church is adorned with stations of the cross rendered in stained glass, that serve as the center point of the glass windows all around the outer walls.
The church is open only during mass (6AM, 4:30PM, 6PM daily) owing to past thefts.
The Kawit church was where the first Philippine president Emilio Aguinaldo was baptized. His birth certificate is on display in the museum at the back of the church.
A stone's throw away, back a few hundred meters, is the Aguinaldo shrine, where the Philippine flag was first raised upon the declaration of Philippine independence from Spanish rule, on June 12, 1898. It is just the original place, though, since the building, which was the ancestral house of the family of former president Aguinaldo, has since been enlarged, and presently sports pink painting including its perimeter walls. Inside, turn of the century spacious dining and receiving areas have thankfully been preserved, including the thick narra furniture.
- Just before the turn to the Aguinaldo shrine is Neng's Bibingka, serving thick, galapong bibingka that's as big as platters.
- A few meters from the church, across the road, is a milk tea counter inside an internet gaming station. The drinks at Milk 'n Tea Way are unimpressive, but the rock salt & cheese iced dark chocolate is remarkable, and I'd like to go back for the caramel variant.
- The Tirona Highway, on which the Kawit church is located, turns left then right and becomes the Magdiwang Highway on the way to the adjoining town of Noveleta. Here is where the original Josephine's restaurant is located, amidst fishponds.
- Just before the Kawit fire station is the Japanese restaurant Sasahama, frequented by Japanese investors in the locators at the Cavite Export Processing Zone.
The Other Churches in the Coastal Cavite Bisita Iglesia
Fishing Village at Island Cove