Notes and itineraries
Maragondon is a simplified name to what was originally derived from the Filipino word “madagundong” which means a loud rumbling, in reference to a noisy river where the town was first located. A river still runs through it, today called Maragondon River, with the relatively famous Caingin Hanging Bridge crossing over it.
One of the 26 oldest churches in the Philippines is the Our Lady of Assumption Church, a national cultural treasure, also known as Maragondon Church. The Jesuit church dedicated to Our Lady of Assumption is one of the heritage structures in the municipality.
Bahay na Pinaglitisan kay Andres Bonifacio (Bonifacio Trial House) is an antique two-storey wood and adobe house where Bonifacio and his brother Procopio were tried for execution. May 10, 1897. Now converted into a museum, first floor displays images that tell the story of Andres Bonifacio, the Katipunan, and the Philippine-Spanish Revolution. The second floor has several rooms displaying a diorama of the trial court, framed flags used by the Katipunan, and Katipunan-related paintings. Two other rooms house a library and secret letters sent and received by Andres Bonifacio. Meanwhile, Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Park sits on top of Mt. Nagpatong, and marks the place where Andres Bonifacio and his brother Procopio were shot on May 10, 1897. It was also the place where Andres Bonifacio was once buried. Occupying a four-hectare lot, the shrine features relief sculptures made of bronze, the acronym KKK of the Katipunan and the word “bayani”.
The mountains of Maragondon meanwhile, offer both adventure and history. Mt. Pico de Loro, the highest peak in Cavite, situated atop the mountain range of Mts. Palay-palay and Mataas na Gulod, a declared national park, as well as Mt. Marami with its famed Silyang Bato, are favorite destinations among novice and veteran hikers alike.
Maragondon is the Bamboo Capital of Cavite, and is popular for bamboo furniture and crafts. It is also known for the Suarez Brothers’ Religious Stone Carvings at the riverside of Brgy. Caingin, a barangay also known for its hanging bridge. Made of metal wires and planks of wood, the Caingin Hanging Bridge crosses over Maragondon River and connects Brgy. Pinagsanhan and Brgy. Caingin. Down the bridge, visitors can either swim, go fishing, or rent a bamboo raft.
PARKS AND RECREATION
The naturally beautiful Sta. Mercedes Beach, and Limbones Cove are both in Maragondon. Meanwhile, Carabao Island, also known as Fort Frank, while under the jurisdiction of Cavite City, along with Corregidor (Fort Mills), Caballo Islands (Fort Hughes), and El Fraile (Fort Drum), is however, more accessible via Maragondon.
Maragondon, too, is home to Terra Verde Eco Farm & Resort.
FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS
The Maragondon Founding Anniversary is celebrated every September 7.
Lolo Claro’s Fried Chicken
Kusina ni Ingga
Kakanin (sapin-sapin, bibingkoy, cassava leche)
Native Dishes at Kweba Restaurant