Trece Martires was named after the thirteen martyrs who were executed due to cooperation with the Katipuneros during the Revolution against the Spanish regime. The Spaniards executed them on September 12, 1986.
Trece Martires located at the heart of Cavite is also known as the “Character City of the South.” It serves as the seat of Cavite’s government in which several provincial government offices can be found. Collecting real property taxes is its major income generating-service. The local government of Trece Martires’ also boasts of the cleanliness of their city and the absence of all forms of gambling.
There are distinct places of interest in Trece Martires including the following:
Located along Governors Drive, the Cavite’s 13 Martyrs Monument depicts what happened during the execution at Plaza de Armas. The thirteen martyrs were killed through musketry. Built in 1906, the remains of the Caviteño martyrs still lie here.
A restaurant-cum-coffee-shop with a tagline of Culture. Cuisine. Legacy., The Republic of Cavite is a mini replica of the historic Aguinaldo Shrine. It was officially declared open for business on June 12, 2002 to coincide with the celebration of Philippine Independence. It has an al fresco dining area named Plaza de Armas. The second floor is called Bulwagang Cuenca and the third floor, Sala del Gobernador. The menu is a lineup of indigenous food items true to Caviteño taste. Lihim ni Lola, Lihim ni Aguinaldo, and Paborito ni Aguinaldo are three of its most popular dishes. It is sufficient to say that a historical, gastronomic experience awaits every diner here.
Katitay’s Barbecue Grill offers pork and chicken barbecue grilled to perfection. Aside from barbecue, the hole-in-the-wall restaurant is also famous among the locals for its silog meals, banapuno, and turones. The colorful, spray painted restaurant is located in Regina Ville in Barangay Inocencio. Boardgames are also available while patrons wait for their orders.
Also called Sta. Rosa Falls, Mayang Falls is the only waterfall in Trece Martires. The basin is deep, so kids can only explore the shallow parts, about 10 meters away from the basin. Mayang Falls is perfect for adrenaline junkies who want to try cliff jumping. Visitors need to conquer a short trail prior to going up the concrete staircase. Makeshift native cottages are available. It is located in Barangay Conchu and the locals frequent the place during the Holy Week.
Locals call it Capitolio where a monument of Emilio Aguinaldo was erected. Beside Cavite Provincial Capitol is a mini-park equipped with benches to lounge and relax. The compound also houses the opulent legislative building.
Cabuko Resort is one of the most popular resorts in Trece Martires. It has two adult pools and two kiddie pools with several native cottages available for rent. Located along Governors Drive, the resort is 2 kilometers away from the Provincial Capitol.
Sherwood Hills Golf Club is known for its greenest and perfectly mown fairways. Golfers need not go far because it has an in-house shop to buy golf equipment from clothes, shoes, bags to clubs and other golfing needs. The place has a restaurant with a resident chef. Guests can dine al fresco at the veranda overlooking the vast golf course. It has a game room equipped with a billiard table, football, air-soft hockey, darts, and chess. The golf club also has a swimming pool and wading pool. The club welcomes pool parties and events.
Trece Tower Mall got its name because of the tower that offers a 360-degree view of Trece Martires built inside the town center. This three-level mall is a place where locals enjoy shopping and dining experiences.
Every September 12, the Death Anniversary of the Thirteen Martyrs of Cavite, the local heroes’ martyrdom was celebrated through a reenactment as the highlight of the event. Nevertheless, other related activities such as exhibits for both locals and foreign visitors’ delight are also part of the program.
Every October 27-28, locals celebrate the town fiesta to honor their patron saint, St. Jude Thaddeus. Street dance, parades, dancing and singing contests are all part of the program. On the other hand, the people anticipate the coronation of the Mutya ng Trece Martires and the pageantry involved.
Trece Martires is only two hours away from Metro Manila. It is accessible from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). When you want to take a break, try visiting Trece Martires, Cavite, and while you’re at it, you can pass by Amaia Scapes Trece Martires and find your ideal home there.