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Ternate, Cavite

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Time zone

Local time
Wednesday 11:18 PM

Congr. district
7th District of Cavite


59.93 km²

Area code

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27°C, Wind E at 5 km/h, 75% Humidity

Barangay 3, Poblacion, Sapang, San Jose, San Juan I

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Ternate (Filipino: Bayan ng Ternate; Chavacano: Municipalidad de Ternate) is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Cavite, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 23,157 people.


Map of Ternate, Cavite, Philippines

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The Merdicas (also spelled Mardicas or Mardikas) were Catholic natives of the islands of Ternate and Tidore of the Moluccas, converted during the Portuguese occupation of the islands by Jesuit missionaries. The islands were later captured by the Spanish who vied for their control with the Dutch. In 1663, the Spanish garrison in Ternate were forced to pull out to defend Manila against an impending invasion by the Chinese pirate Koxinga (sacrificing the Moluccas to the Dutch in doing so). A number of Merdicas volunteered to help, eventually being resettled in a sandbar near the mouth of the Maragondon river (known as the Bahra de Maragondon) and Tanza, Cavite.

The invasion did not occur as Koxinga fell ill and died. The Merdicas community eventually integrated into the local population. Today, the place is called Ternate after the island of Ternate in the Moluccas, and the descendants of the Merdicas continue to use their Spanish creole (with Portuguese and Papuan influence) which came to be known as Ternateño Chabacano.


Ternate is politically subdivided into ten barangays (three urban and seven rural).

  • Bucana
  • Población 1 (Barangay 1)
  • Población 2 (Barangay 2)
  • Población 3 (Barangay 3)
  • San José
  • San Juan 1
  • Sapang 1
  • Población 1 A
  • San Juan 2
  • Sapang 2
  • Demographics

    In the 2015 census, the population of Ternate, Cavite, was 23,157 people, with a density of 390 inhabitants per square kilometre or 1,000 inhabitants per square mile.


    In addition to Tagalog, the community of Merdicas continue to use a broken Spanish with Portuguese elements, which evolved into the full-fedged Philippine Spanish creole called Ternateño or Ternateño Chabacano. It is still spoken by about 20% of the population, most of whom are elderly people. The language is expected to disappear in the future. It is considered to be very close to Chabacano Caviteño and Chabacano Ermiteño. The native speakers of Caviteño or Ternateño dialects spell the word Chabacano with a letter "B" for their own glottonym. The native speakers of Zamboangueño dialect spell the word Chavacano with a letter "V" for their own glottonym.


  • Philippine Independent Church (Aglipayan)
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Iglesia Ni Cristo
  • Jehova's Witnesses
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Assembly Of God
  • United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)
  • Muslim
  • Landmarks

  • Mounts Palay-Palay–Mataas-na-Gulod Protected Landscape
  • Santo Niño Parish Church of Ternate
  • Ternate Municipal Hall
  • Azul Hotel and Resort
  • Caylabne Bay_Resort
  • Beach Resort
  • Beach Resort
  • Resort
  • References

    Ternate, Cavite Wikipedia

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