CAVITE CITY – There are no work or classes in this historical coastal city on Friday (Sept. 7) in observance of its 78th Charter Day and 447th founding anniversary.

In Proclamation No. 573 dated Sept. 4, 2018, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of the President, signed the Palace declaration to give full opportunity to the people of the city to participate and celebrate the activities befitting the occasion.

Cavite City, a hook-shaped peninsula stretching to Cavite province's northern tip, some 34 kilometers southwest of Manila, was founded in 1571 during Spanish navigator Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s expedition.

Originally known as the Ciudad de Cavite during the Spanish colonial era, the city became a chartered city on Sept. 7, 1940 through Commonwealth Act No. 547.

The city became the site of several important historical events, among them the Cavite Mutiny of 1872, which sparked the major uprising against the Spanish colonial government later referred to by historical accounts as the “Grandmother Event of the Philippine Revolution.”

As part of Friday’s anniversary highlights, the city government, led by Mayor Bernardo Paredes, Vice Mayor Denver Reyes Chua, and city councilors will hold a thanksgiving mass at the San Roque Catholic Church at 7 a.m. and wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of the 13 Cavite Martyrs in San Roque District.

A pre-anniversary sports fest for City Hall employees was held Wednesday while the awarding of 10 Outstanding Boy Scouts of Cavite City was held on Thursday. (Dennis Abrina/PNA)