Historical Christmas Celebration Jump Start in Kawit, Cavite

Kawit is a historical town in Cavite province which is very near Metro Manila. Despite the hustle and bustle of the busy and traffic streets and establishments, everyone busy getting their Christmas shopping done.


Christmas tree lighting ceremonies held at the Aguinaldo Shrine and Freedom Park

There are a few sights and sounds in nearby areas where we can feel the true spirit of a Filipino Christmas, especially with our loved ones.


The Christmas lighting event was held last December 14, 2019, and a number of distinguished guests and celebrities joined in the celebration of the event.

Historical Christmas Celebration and Culinary Heritage


Puto Bumbong

Puto Bumbong or a rice cake with shaved coconut and muscovado sugar is a staple food trip stop that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Kawit.

Aling Norma’s Suman – a tour in the town is incomplete without buying the famous suman made from Toclong, Kawit. I have written an article about the delicacies from the town.


Aguinaldo Shrine

Aguinaldo Shrine is situated wherein the Philippine flag that we know of today was first waved publicly announcing our Independence by none other than the first Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo. There’s also a lot to learn about our first president and how he has lived his life and times during the revolution era.

Museo ni Baldomero Aguinaldo hailed towards the cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo and grandfather of Cesar Virata who as a prime minister in the 1980s.


Kawit Church or Saint Magdalene Church was built around 1737 and Emilio Aguinaldo was baptized in this church. His birth certificate is kept on the left side of the altar.


 Pandayan or the local blacksmithing shops which is an endangered craft that needs to be promoted and preserved. The local Pandayan is still active and you can still buy handcrafted knives and bolos made the same way during the Revolutionary era.


Kawit celebrates the Christmas season through a spectacular display of lights at the Aguinaldo Shrine and Freedom Park.


A fireworks display and lighting of the Christmas lights at the Freedom Park was also held. Make sure to v isit Kawit Cavite this Christmas Season and enjoy the season filled with pride in our own heritage and historical sites in Kawit.

The Municipality of Kawit welcomes everyone who wishes to visit Kawit during the Christmas season.


Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies of Kawit

Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies is one of the pride of Toclong, Kawit, Cavite province.

Toclong or Lupang Kawit had several large tracts of rice fields, which explained that the area produce some of the best rice base delicacies of the town and the entire province.

suman lihia

Suman Lihia

I have tasted several suman before when we visited the town of Kawit, but have no idea that those came from Toclong, Kawit.  The rice is wrapped in banana leaves ( which infuse some flavors), then cooked in large tin cans slowly cooked over firewood.

Heirloom Recipe

Suman ( steam glutinous rice ) wrapped in banana leaves is the special pride of Aling Norma. The recipe had been part of their family and was handed down for several generations. The grandchildren said that it was a local favorite and some families in Kawit would order in advance. Their suman had reached many places like Las Piñas, Parañaque, Taguig, Valenzuela, Manila and even abroad.

A friend who hails from Antipolo also told us that some of the suman sold in their place were also sourced from Kawit.

Suman Moron

Suman Moron ( malagkit na bigas chocolate with mani ) glutinous rice with chocolate and peanuts. One of their best selling suman

Aling Norma’s suman can last for at least a day without spoiling. The secret is the use of pure glutinous or sticky rice in their suman. They would stick on the traditional recipe and would not scrimp on the ingredients.  Other suman makers would use the non-sticky rice varieties mix with glutinous rice in order to lower the cost. Hence one reason “why” it easily get spoiled.


suman sa balinghoy with langka

Aling Norma specializes on antala (suman malagkit sa gata), suman sa balinghoy with langka ( cassava) or kamoteng kahoy, suman sa lihia, suman moron ( which is a combination of glutinous rice, chocolate with mani ( the most popular) malagkit with pinipig, pichi-pichi are just some of their well-loved delicacies.


pichi -pichi

The best way to eat their suman is serve hot with shredded coconut, traditional brown sugar called “paldo” or coconut jam. This is also best paired with hot chocolate or coffee from Amadeo.



One of the grandchildren have asked me if i am from the town of Imus or Kawit, since they have a suki ( regular customer) which looked similar. I hailed from Metro Manila.

Bought several suman before we left the Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019 site at Isla Events Place in Imus, Cavite province. After almost 8 hours of event and travel from Cavite, Aling Norma’s suman is still fresh and almost immediately eaten by immediate family members and relatives who would swear that it was one of the best suman they have tasted.

Note: Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies accepts bulk order, but must be ordered in advance.

Aling Norma’s Suman and Sweet Delicacies

Address; Toclong , Kawit, Cavite

Contact Person: Ms. Gerlie (0935-4939544)

Schedule of Events at Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019

Cavite Travel and Tours Expo [CTTE] had a successful venture before with Isla Events when they had collaborated for the very first time so the team behind it decided to do it again this year. Isla Events is now inviting everyone to Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019 happening from July 26 to 28, 2019 in Imus, Cavite province.

With the goal of promoting Cavite as a must-visit province, it also boasts of the region’s rich culinary and food heritage. The said event also targets to extend growth amongst micro-entrepreneurs especially those in the food business.

The event will serve as a venue where they can reach out to their target market as well as avail of various skills on upgrading their techniques, trainings, build more networks with other businesses and get to know various programs which offer financial institutions as well as concerned government,” added Agrazada.

The food exposition is highly endorsed by the province of Cavite, Department of Tourism, SM Super Malls, Imus government, schools, Food Panda, Herold Travel and Tours.

Cavite Food and Culinary Exposition 2019 

 Cavite’s heirloom and culinary specialties such as Imus Longganisa, Cavite’s version of Adobo sa Dilaw, Halayang Sampalok, Suman ng Kawit, Cavite’s Tamales, Café Amadeo among many others.

Among the all time favorite is Big Ben’s longganisa and heirloom dishes.

Food enthusiasts as well as culinary fans in mind as its target audience, There will be an array of food choices as well as a pool of culinary experts who will be sharing their expertise under one roof.

Schedule of Cooking Demonstration and Talks

July 26, Friday, 10:30AM Chef Christopher Guado Caraingan of Razorchefs Philippines will talk about coffee on his lecture dubbed as “How Kapeng Amadeo Saved Our Coffee Industry.”

There will also be a Basic Entrepreneurship/How to Put Up a Business lecture by Katrina Paula M. Caballe, Development Management Officer III PCLEDO Entrep Division, it will be held from 1-2PM.

Also scheduled on Friday, July 26, from 2-5PM, There will be Dimsum Making, Pastries and Delicacies Making to be conducted by Corazon A. Tepora and Fruit and Meat Processing lectures by Elvira B. Perlado.

July 27, Saturday, 11AM Chef Lea Tagle Monzon of Razorchefs Philippines and United Hotelliers of the Philippines will give a cooking demo of Halayang Sampalok.

Also on Saturday, July 27, at 3PM, Ige Ramos, an award-winning graphic designer and food historian will talk about “Looking at the Past to Forge a Delicious Future.” Book signing shall also follow for his Republic of Taste book.

On July 28, Sunday at 11AM-12NN, Chef Orvin Sayos of Lime and Basil Restaurant [Alfonso, Cavite] will be preparing Asian dishes from local source.

Also slated on July 28, Sunday at 3PM Chef Gene Gutierrez of Big Ben’s Gourmet Imus Longganisa creates exciting dishes from the famed Imus Longganisa.

Aside from these amazing talks and food demos, there will also be a talk on Entrepreneurial Activities in Travel and Hospitality, and Guest Relations Management by Deogracias Esplanada, MTSM, Retired Professor, DSLU-Dasmariñas, College of International Hospitality Management. The lecture will be held from 9:30AM to 5PM.

All the lectures, seminars and demos will be held at the Isla Events Center, Tamsui Avenue, Bayan Luma II, Imus, Cavite.

Save the date folks, come one, come all. Bring your family and friends to this grand event. Happening from July 26 to 28, 2019—come and visit Isla Events Center in Bayan Luma II, Imus Cavite for the Cavite Food Culinary Expo 2019!

There are no entrance fees for those who wish to attend the upcoming Cavite Food and Culinary Exposition 2019!

For more inquiries, call or text (046)458-4595/09778201028/091730058990


Museo De La Salle tour in Dasmariñas, Cavite

Museo De La Salle , De La Salle University campus , Dasmariñas, Cavite- Philippines

De La Salle- Dasmariñas City -is a member institution of  De La Salle located   Cavite. It was established on July 18, 1977 as a private nonsectarian tertiary school named General Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite and managed by the Yaman Lahi Foundation. In 1987, ownership and management were transferred to Frère (St.) Benilde Romancon   Educational Foundation Inc., a sister corporation of De La Salle University ( Manila ) . It became a Catholic institution under the name De La Salle University-Emilio Aguinaldo College. In 1992, the name DLSU-EAC was changed to De La Salle University-Aguinaldo. In 1997 the institution was renamed again as De La Salle University-Dasmariñas to avoid confusion with the nearby  Emilio Aguinaldo -College .

De La Salle University-Dasmariñas campus map

De La Salle University-Dasmariñas campus has been conferred the DARK GREEN STATUS by the Dark Green Schools (DGS) Program of the Environmental Education Network of the Philippines, Inc. (EENP). The conferment is an affirmation of the University’s “effective integration of environmental concerns in its academic programs and its continuing efforts to improve the environmental situation within its community”. This is the highest status a member institution of DGS can receive. DLSU-D is one of three schools given this status in the entire Philippines.

Museo De La Salle

History :

Museo De LaSalle was constructed through the help of concerned community who helped Brother Andrew Gonzalez ( former DECS secretary )  to conceptualized the whole museum in October 1996. It was through his initiative which was then supported by the local government illustrating the 19th century Ilustrado lifestyle being shown in the museum collection. Museo de La Salle is in Dasmariñas City, a city that is rich  which was influenced by the rich Mexican , Spanish and Oriental  architecture.
Hotel Rafael
This is the onsite hotel for DLSU-D and it serves as a practical laboratory for the Hotel-Restaurant Management students.
Cavite province is considered by many historian as the torch of the light symbolizing nationalism, history  , heritage and culture that is why De La Salle University upholds this recognition and opens the door for anyone who wants to experience history through the lifestyle museum.
replica of intramuros walls and signage
The entire campus looks like a replica of old Intramuros in Manila or somewhere in old Kawit , Cavite . The campus is a sprawling 27-hectare property  in Dasmariñas, Cavite, the university is located about 30 kilometers south of Manila via the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road and the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway.
main plaza with a fountain
Cultural Heritage Complex

Its Spanish colonial era-inspired motif, the four structures within De La Salle University  compound  was officially named as the Cultural Heritage Complex.

This was my second time to visit the museum complex, the first one was in late 2000 when the museum is still new and had a smaller collection.

replica of the Ayuntamiento building is now being constructed within the complex

Ayuntamiento building

The building is currently being constructed at the complex. This Ayuntamineto building replica is expected to be finished anytime within this year or early next year.


The museum is a mix collection of furniture , family portraits, memorabilia, books , religious items, stuffed animals, period costumes,  , Museo De La Salle is primarily for the collection of 18th to early 20th century art pieces, furniture among others . Some of the collections are donated to the museum , while some collections are on loan from the owners .

dining room with punkah or hand held ceiling fans

Punkah is a handheld fan , which originated from South Asian region . The name was derived from Hindustani .  The invention of the handheld fans may be traced as far back during the Egyptian or ancient India around 5oo B.C.

In the colonial age, the word came to be use by Anglo-Indians  in British India   for a large swinging fan, fixed to the ceiling,  pulled by  servants .The purpose the usage is quite varied to provide air circulation during the hot weather or when during dining to drives away insects such as flies  . For generations the punkah was a symbol of wealth and luxury .

The use of punkah increased during the late 17th to early 20th century in the Philippines when electricity is not yet available.  It is also quite fashionable to have these types of ceiling fans for rich families  when they hold large banquets  during town’s festivities, anniversaries and get-together . I have seen some punkah variation in my visit to some old houses in San Miguel  , Casa de Manila in Intramuros , Binondo , Quiapo in Manila  , Bulacan and Pampanga provinces.

collection of native hats from the 18th , 19th century with silver ornamentation

The museum had a collection of  rich collection of antiques depicting how people lived during the Spanish occupation. It showcases the “Bahay na Bato” or  Antillian Houses – the house was pattern after the old Spanish colonial style houses in the Antilles region of the Caribbean islands like Puerto Rico , Cuba, Hispaniola ( former colonies of Spain )  .

carrosa with lavish lightning ornamentation and pedestal  made out of beaten silver coins donated by rich families  to the town’s churches

Pieces of clothing from the different Filipino made fabrics and accessories or jewelries, shoes and other garments both from the donation of individuals.

kitchen area

Paintings are everywhere that Filipinos are known for our artistry. Primarily, the museo opened to educate students and people who are eager to learn the history of the Philippines.

bedroom with period costume pieces

The collection are progressing throughout the years as many are encouraged to donate art pieces, historical objects that will contribute to the museo. I think the pieces can be properly maintained and preserved at the museum. Some of the collections and fixtures were rescued by the families from the devastation of lahar which inundate parts of Pampanga during the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and succeeding mud flows that followed there after .

collection of various saints made from local woods

Architectural details in the interior designs and furniture where kept in close attention . The designs were inspired from Constantino House in Balagtas, Armedo-Gonzales House in Sullipan, Apalit Pampanga and Santos Joven-Panlilio house in Bacoor , Pampanga.

wooden devise used to flatten the clothes

There was an extensive research done to the details of tiles, color, texture and organization as if it had live undisturbed throughout time.


The areas in the Bahay na Bato are Zaguan which is the ground floor usually the pace as the modern time called garage. The calesa is a horse carriage where it can enter in the ground floor.

group picture taken at the museo lobby ( Mr. Martin Lopez -Director, President’s Committe on Culture & Alumni Affairs Office · Manila, Philippines, FEU swordsman fraternity members with the author )

Antonio and Victoria Cojuangco Memorial Chapel of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

The church was modeled after the parish church in Maragondon , Cavite . The chapel ‘s construction was finance by the Cojuangco family .

Saint John Baptist de La Salle , church interior with pulpit  and  retablo

Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo

It houses collections of books, periodicals, theses, and other reference materials. It was modeled from Aguinaldo’s residential house at Kawit , Cavite. The first building was a scaled-down model, and featured only the facade. Recent developments gave way for the new building, which exactly modeled from the Aguinaldo shrine, with the tower.

Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo (AEA) – DLSU-D’s library.

Museum Guidelines ( from Museum’s brochure and tour guides)
– No bags, cameras, cigarettes and lighters are allowed in the exhibition area except the following: hand-carried wallets/purses, passports and cellular phones (in mute or vibrate mode). No picture taking on the second floor
– No eating, drinking and smoking inside the museum.
– No touching and handling of exhibition objects.
– No wandering beyond the official tour route.

Note : We would like to ” Thank” all the DLSU museum tour guides, FEU alumni affairs office thru Mr. Martin Lopez  and Mr. Allan Rodriguez- Flores (  FEU Alumni- Cavite Chapter President ) for the tour arrangement  inside the campus and for their gracious accommodation to the group. All pictures were taken by the author , to those who wish to use the pictures for any purpose,  Please cite this link.

Museo De La Salle
(046)416-4531/416-4533 loc.(3151)│www.dasma.dlsu.edu.ph/offices/museo
Operation : Tuesday to Saturday
Time : 9:00 am to 12:00nn and  1:00pm to 3:30pm
Entrance fee: Adults and Professionals Php 100.00
Students Php 40.00 , Foreigners : $ 3.00

References and links:

Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/dlsudasma

DLSU :http://www.dlsud.edu.ph/

General Emilio Aguinaldo’s 150th Anniversary Stamp Launching

This year’s mark the 150th birth anniversary of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first and youngest President of the Philippine Republic, President Aguinaldo led Filipino revolutionary forces in an uprising against the Spanish Government in 1896 and declared Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite province.


PHLPost chairman Norman Fulgencio presented the Commemorative Aguinaldo Stamps Frame to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, who represented President Rodrigo Duterte in the event in Cavite.

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has issued commemorative stamps to honor the late revolutionary leader in fitting ceremonies held at the historic Aguinaldo mansion in Kawit, Cavite province earlier this morning.


Duterte recently issued Presidential Proclamation 621 declaring March 22, his birthday as “Emilio Aguinaldo Day.” He said Aguinaldo symbolizes the desire of the nation to be self reliant, independent and free from oppression.


first day cover with Php 55.00 souvenir sheet

The commemorative stamp features the colorful illustration of General Emilio Aguinaldo in P12 denomination and the Souvenir Sheet, which will be sold at P55 each. There will be two first day covers

PHLPost in-house artist Mr. Rodine Teodoro designed the two different denomination of the stamp. The corporation had printed limited 50,000 pieces of the stamps.

Stamps and official first day covers of the President Emilio Aguinaldo stamp are available starting March 22 at the Philatelic Counter, Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, Manila and post offices in the country.