A Background on Amadeo, Cavite

The Municipality of Amadeo (Filipino: Bayan ng Amadeo) is a fourth class municipality in the province of Cavite, Philippines. It is nicknamed the “Coffee Capital of the Philippines”. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 33,457 people.

Map of Cavite showing the location of Amadeo, by Mike Gonzales.

Map of Cavite showing the location of Amadeo, by Mike Gonzales.

Named after King Amadeo I of Spain, the town is best known for its Pahimis Festival, which showcases the town’s coffee industry. It is usually held on the last weekend of February and its town fiesta is held on the last Sunday of April.

Location

Amadeo is an island town in the southern part of Cavite. It is bounded in the North by the Municipality of Gen. Trias, Silang in the East, Indang in the West and by the cities of Tagaytay and Trece Martirez in the South and Northwestern portions, respectively.

The town proper is accessible by bus, jeepney, car, and other land transportation some two (2) hours ride from Manila, by passing through the smooth Tagaytay Highway or shortcut through Silang either via the barrios of the Banay-banay and Dagatan or via (the) Buho-Talon-Salaban road. It could also be reached via Palapala at Manggahan using the Governor’s Drive.


Interact with the Google map provided: zoom in, zoom out, and drag the map around to find your way to Amadeo, Cavite.

Land Area

The municipality of Amadeo has a total land area of 4790 hectares divided into 26 barangays. The Poblacion covers Barangays 1-12 with a total area of 1499.14 hectares (31.29% of the total land area) while the remaining 3290.85 hectares (61.7%) is composed of rural barangays. Amadeo is a 4th class municipality.

  • Banaybanay
  • Bucal
  • Dagatan
  • Halang
  • Loma
  • Maitim I
  • Maymangga
  • Minantok Kanluran
  • Pangil
  • Barangay I (Pob.)
  • Barangay X (Pob.)
  • Barangay XI (Pob.)
  • Barangay XII (Pob.)
  • Barangay II (Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV (Pob.)
  • Barangay V (Pob.)
  • Barangay VI (Pob.)
  • Barangay VII (Pob.)
  • Barangay VIII (Pob.)
  • Barangay IX (Pob.)
  • Salaban
  • Talon
  • Tamacan
  • Buho
  • Minantok Silangan

Terrain

The Municipality’s twenty-six barangays as covered by 4,790 hectares of rolling plains and hills are devoted to wide coffee plantations intercropped with other crops and agricultural products. Elevation is 1,400 feet above sea level. The slope ranges from 3% to 8%, 8% to 18% and 18% to 30%.

A Lettuce Farm in Amadeo, Cavite.

A Lettuce Farm in Amadeo, Cavite.

Seasons

Amadeo has four (4) pronounced seasons

  1. Summer months – March, April, and May
  2. Rainy months – June, July, and August
  3. Wet months- September, October, and November
  4. Coolest months – December, January, and February

Water Resources

Water resources come from the different rivers, springs, and underground water, which can be found in the poblacion and in rural barangays. The well-known water resources are Balite Falls, Ilog Canas (Ilayang Ilog in Brgy. 9, Baruso, in Brgy. 12) Ilog Banga in Halang Na Luma and Bolboc Spring in Brgy. 1.

Amadeo’s waterworks system supplies potable water to the residents. Deep wells are also installed in some barangays, others are electrically driven, in order to meet their water requirements.

Balite Falls in Amadeo, Cavite. Photo by Eljun Pacomios.

Balite Falls in Amadeo, Cavite. Photo by Eljun Pacomios.

Population

The Municipality has a total household population of 25,737 as of May 2000. It has a population density of 5.37 persons per hectare. The female-male ratio is almost 1: 1; male population is 12,971 or 50.40% of the total household population while the female population is 12,766 or 49.60%

Health

One Rural Health Unit in the Poblacion, nine Barangay Health Stations, which are subsidiary facilities that supplemel:lt the medical and health care functions of the Rural Health Unit and several private clinics (both medical & dental) provide health services in the Municipality of Amadeo). the community.

Two communication towers, the Smart and the Globe systems, are located at Brgys. 1 and 5 respectively.

Financial Institutions

Three banks namely Rural bank of Amadeo, Tagaytay Development Bank and Rural Bank of Gen. Aguinaldo serve the municipality.

Industry

Although small-scale industries such as tailoring and dressmaking, coffee milling, merchandising, food trading, transportation and commercial poultry and livestock exist in the area, coffee is Amadeo’s major crop for trade. It is brought directly to coffee processing plants in Metro Manila and other cities and transported to the market outlets through an efficient road net- works.

Coffee Plants in Amadeo, Cavite

Coffee Plants in Amadeo, Cavite.

The industry was such a legacy that when it met its lowest ebb in the recent years, the incumbent mayor, Hon. Albert “OJ” G. Ambagan through the support of the Governor; Hon. Ayong Maliksi took courage to revive it. Hence, the popularized PAHIMIS 2002. Now, coffee is starting to rebound in the market.


Sources:

  1. The National Statitical Coordination Board.
  2. Amadeo, Cavite on WikiFilipino.
  3. The official website of the provincial government of Cavite.
  4. Amadeo, Cavite on Wikipedia.
  5. Mike Gonzales for the map of Cavite showing the location of Amadeo.
  6. Eljun Pacomios for the photo of Balite Falls.
  7. Brochure on the municipality of Amadeo, Cavite.

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