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Ternate, Cavite

Official seal of Ternate
Motto: A major tourism growth center
Ternate is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Congr. district 7th District of Cavite
Incorporated 1663
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Herminion C. Lindo
 • Vice Mayor Gomez B. Linayao Jr.
 • Total 59.93 km2 (23.14 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 19,297
 • Density 320/km2 (830/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)

The Municipality of Ternate (Chavacano: Municipalidad de Ternate) is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Cavite, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 19,297 people.[3]


  • History 1
  • Barangays 2
  • Demographics 3
    • Language 3.1
    • Religion 3.2
  • Landmarks 4
  • Images 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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, Manila.[4]

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 influence) which came to be known as Caviteño or Ternateño Chavacano.[4]


Ternate is politically subdivided into ten barangays (three urban and seven rural).[2]

  • 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



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 Chavacano. 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.


  • Philippine Independent Church (Aglipayan)
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Iglesia Ni Cristo
  • Jehova's Witnesses
  • Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Assembly Of God



Green pasture, Junction beside Town hall panorama


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: CAVITE". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b John. M. Lipski, with P. Mühlhaüsler and F. Duthin (1996). "Spanish in the Pacific". In Stephen Adolphe Wurm & Peter Mühlhäusler. Atlas of Languages of Intercultural Communication in the Pacific, Asia, and the Americas: Texts, Volume 2. Walter de Gruyter. p. 276.  

External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
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