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Official seal of Cavinti
Nickname(s): The Eventful, Adventure, Falls, Caves and Eco-Tourism Capital of Laguna
Motto: Para sa patuloy na pag-asenso, Cavinti ay mahalin at ipagmalaki natin!
The map that showing the location of Cavinti
The map that showing the location of Cavinti
Cavinti is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°15′N 121°31′E / 14.25°N 121.52°E / 14.25; 121.52Coordinates: 14°15′N 121°31′E / 14.25°N 121.52°E / 14.25; 121.52
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Laguna
District 4th district of Laguna
Independent Town November 12, 1907
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Milbert De Leon Oliveros
 • Total 203.58 km2 (78.60 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 21,702
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4013
IDD:area code +63 (0)49
Income class 3rd

Cavinti is a third class municipality in the province of Laguna in the Philippines. It is situated in the Sierra Madre mountain range, and part of the 4th congressional district of Laguna. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 21,702 people.[3]

It is also known as the "Land of the Seven Falls", it is also known by its pandan made products especially the Sambalilo (straw hat). It is also famous for its Underground Cathedral Cave, Cavinti Falls, and Bumbungan Eco Park.


Cavinti is situated on the eastern side of the province of Laguna. The town is bounded by the municipality of Lumban in the north, by the municipalities of Sampaloc, Quezon and Mauban, Quezon in the east, Pagsanjan in the west, and by Luisiana in the south. It has 19 barangays.


Like most areas in the province of Laguna, the Climate of Cavinti is characterized by two pronounced seasons: dry from March to May and wet during the rest of the year.

  • High temperature : 27 °C (81 °F)
  • Low temperature : 21 °C (70 °F)


Cavinti is politically subdivided into 2 urban and 17 rural barangays.[2]

  • Anglas
  • Bangco
  • Bukal
  • Bulajo
  • Cansuso
  • Duhat (urban)
  • Inao-Awan
  • Kanluran Talaongan
  • Labayo
  • Layasin
  • Layug
  • Lumot/Mahipon
  • Paowin
  • Poblacion (urban)
  • Sisilmin
  • Silangan Talaongan
  • Sumucab
  • Tibatib
  • Udia


It is the center of commercial and business activities in Cavinti. Almost all of the Basic Municipal Facilities are located in Poblacion including the Municipal Hall, Town Plaza, ABC Multi-Purpose Hall, The Public Market, and many commercial and business establishments. The Catholic Church(Transfiguration Parish) and Aglipayan Church is also located in Poblacion.


The town's name came from the Tagalog expression, "kabit sa binti". The Aetas, the early dwellers of the land, performed a wedding ritual in which the groom chases his bride to the riverbank. The groom will try to capture his bride by her legs ("binti"), with the witnesses shouting, "Kabit sa binti, kabit sa binti!" This phrase later became "Kabinti"; hence the name.[4]


Population census of Cavinti
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 4,027 —    
1918 5,334 +1.89%
1939 7,254 +1.47%
1948 6,193 −1.74%
1960 8,297 +2.47%
1970 10,462 +2.34%
1975 11,463 +1.85%
1980 13,222 +2.90%
1990 15,131 +1.36%
1995 16,157 +1.24%
2000 19,494 +4.11%
2007 20,469 +0.68%
2010 20,809 +0.60%
2015 21,702 +0.80%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Cavinti was 21,702 people,[3] with a density of 110 inhabitants per square kilometre or 280 inhabitants per square mile.

People from Cavinti are being called by nearby towns as "kabintiin".


The language spoken in the town is the national language of the country: Filipino language (Tagalog). The medium of instruction in schools are English and Tagalog languages.


Public market

Cavinti is basically an agricultural town. At the población, there are only a few commercial establishments which cater to the basic services of the people. Most of them still go to Santa Crúz to do their shopping or marketing and to avail themselves of other services not available in their town.

Sources of income of the people of Cavinti are mainly focused on tourism and agriculture such as palay, bamboo, pandan, copra, coconut, vegetables and fruit trees. Piggery and poultry farming are also sources of additional income for the townfolks. The business income of the local government primarily comes from CBK Power Plants, Resorts, Hotels and Restaurants and operation of several tourism-related projects.

Annual budget:

  • Internal revenue allotment : Php 47,346,700.00
  • Economic enterprise  : Php 24,452,640.00
  • National wealth share  : Php 8,000,000.00
  • Local revenue  : Php 17,762,500.00
  • Total : Php 97,561,840.00
  • Income class : 3rd Class

Annual events and festivals[edit]

Independence Day Celebration
(June 12) - Floral offering at the monument of Dr. Jose P. Rizal(the country's national hero) and a short program for the people to develop their sense of pride and nationalism.
Sambalilo Festival
(August 3–6) - The Sambalilo Festival is one of the most colorful and prosperous festivals in the province of Laguna. It is celebrated to celebrate the handmade sombrero(hat) made from pandan that has been the foremost livelihood of the people since time immemorial. Highlights of the fiesta include trade fair exhibits, Cavinti's Got Talent, Brass band bonanza, street dancing, fireworks display, Cavinti Fun run, Palarong Pinoy (Traditional or cultural games), Exhibition game of PBA players vs. Cavinti All Stars and the world's biggest Sambalilo.
Christmas Day
(December 25) - Christmas Day in Cavinti is an integration of festive and competitive Christmas activities showcasing colorful highlight and array of decorations in barangay and Municipal Building.
Tilapia Festival
(February 26–28) - The first Tilapia Festival was launched on February 26–28, 2014 to promote tilapia trading in Cavinti. This celebration is the people's way of thanksgiving to the Almighty God by the tilapia traders in the town of Cavinti—a town that has been gradually identified for its fresh, delicious, and tasteful tilapia compared to other towns. Highlights of this festival featured Motorcade,Tilapia Olympics, Street grilling of tilapia and other kinds of seafood, Photo Contest, Seminar for Tilapia traders and Food Fest.
Harvest Festival
(October 2–3) - This festival showcases the abundance of various fruits that have become synonymous with Cavinti like the sweet santol, delicious lanzones, juicy and fleshy rambutan, all kinds of papaya, and exotic durian. All the barangays participate as the festivities highlight the abundance of the fruits in season.
Mayflower Festival
(Celebrated during the month of May) - It is an old annual tradition by the Catholic majority which includes offering of flowers to the image of the Virgin Mary by those young girls all dressed in white called "associadas" while praying the rosary, and the holding of various Santacruzans around the town. The Hermanos and Hermanas, chosen for each year, lead the festivities as a way of sharing their blessings to them.

Tourist destinations[edit]

Pagsanjan Falls
Bumbungan Eco-park at night. It is located in barangay Tibatib.

Natural wonders like falls, rivers, lakes, caves and mountains abound in Cavinti. The world-famous Pagsanjan Falls, which is locally known as Cavinti Falls, is actually located in Cavinti. One can explore and adventurous gateway to the world-famous Falls through Cavinti's very own Pueblo El Salvador Cavinti Nature's Park and Picnic Groove in barangay Tibatib-Anglas. One can enjoy the exciting nature's trail and feel the cold and oozing waterfalls through an exciting bamboo raft-ride and massage on the fall's basin. Shooting the Cavinti Rapids is and equally wonderful experience. Guest can also enjoy the breathtaking views of nearby Mount Banahaw along the man-made lakes of Caliraya and Lumot. Sailing, wind surfing and kayaking are just some of the many activities you can indulge along the lake areas. There are sites that still remain untapped and unexplored in Cavinti, like the Bumbungan Twin Falls, The Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex, the Bayakan Falls and Bat Cave.

List of tourist destinations:

  • Cavinti Falls (a.k.a. Pagsanjan Falls) (Brgy. Anglas/Tibatib)
  • Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex (Brgy. Paowin)
  • Nakulo Falls (Brgy. Anglas/Tibatib)
  • Caliraya Lake is a man-made lake popular for surface water sports and recreational fishing. (Brgy. East and West Talaongan) and shared with the town of Lumban
  • Lumot lake is another man-made lake connected to Caliraya Lake by an underground penstock, which is also popular for water sports and sport fishing. (Brgy. Mahipon, Inao-awan, Bukal, Cansuso, and Paowin)
  • Bumbungan Eco Park (Brgy. Tibatib)
  • Pueblo El Salvador Cavinti Nature's Park and Picnic Grove (Brgy. Anglas/Tibatib)
  • Japanese Garden (Brgy. West Talaongan)
  • Bayakan Falls (Brgy. Tibatib)
  • Bat Cave (Brgy. Tibatib)
  • Bumbungan Twin Falls (Brgy. Sumucab)
  • Talon ng Caliraya (Brgy. West and East Talaongan)
  • Roman Catholic Church (Transfiguration Parish)(1606)
  • Aglipay Church

Local government[edit]

Cavinti town hall

Like other towns in the Philippines, Cavinti is governed by a mayor and vice mayor who are elected to three-year terms. The mayor is the executive head and leads the town's departments in executing the Sangguniang Bayan's ordinances and improving public services. The vice mayor heads a legislative council consisting of councilors, as members.

At present, Cavinti Municipal officials are:

  • Mayor : Milbert Oliveros (1st Term)
  • Vice Mayor : Danilo Arroyo (1st Term)
  • Municipal councilors :
    • Rommel Cabuhat
    • Pedro O. Villegas
    • Arrantlee R. Arroyo
    • Anita Conde
    • Oscar Gordula
    • Krispin Sanchez
    • Michael Eric Castillo
    • Roland Mesina


Covered court
  • Municipal health clinics
  • Public market
  • Cavinti Covered Court
  • Cavinti Sports Complex
  • ABC Multi-Purpose Hall


Cavinti is approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Manila. From Manila via Calamba, a bus will take you to Santa Cruz, Laguna. In Sta. Cruz, jeepneys going to Cavinti can be found at the jeepney's terminal. Via Sta. Cruz, you will pass by the town of Pagsanjan before you reach Cavinti. You will easily know it when you have reached the town because the roads become zigzagged with lots of sharp twists and turns. Transportation to its barangays are served by tricycles and jeepneys.

Another routes/mode of transportation to go to Cavinti:

  • Cavinti to Santa Cruz (jeepney)-via Pagsanjan - Main (Cavinti)
  • Cavinti to Santa Cruz (jeepney)-via Lumban - Main (Cavinti)
  • Lucban to Santa Cruz (mini-bus) - Via Cavinti
  • Lucena to Santa Cruz (mini-bus) - Via Cavinti
  • Luisiana to Santa Cruz (jeepney) - Via Cavinti
  • Infanta to Lucena (bus) - via Cavinti

Roads and bridges:

  • There are 2 main roads in Cavinti, the Cailles St. where the Public Market and many commercial and business establishments located and the Magsaysay Drive where many commercial, stores, and business establishments located too.
  • The 2 main bridges in Cavinti is the Cavinti Bridge which connects the barangay Duhat and barangay Poblacion, and another main bridge in Cavinti is the Tibatib Bridge which connects the barangay Tibatib and barangay Poblacion.

Communication system[edit]

  • Landline : PLDT
  • Internet connection : SmartBroadband, Globe, PLDT
  • Cellular phones : Smart, Globe, Sun Cellular
  • Postal service : Philpost Inc.
  • Cable/PayTV : Cignal (PLDT)


  • Electricity : (FLECO) First Laguna Electric Cooperative
  • Water - Cavinti Water Supply System


Public and private schools in Cavinti:

High schools:

  • Public : 4
  • Private: 1

Elementary :

  • Public : 17
  • Private: 1

Day Care schools : 17

College : DEAF School(Brgy.Paowin)


  • ABS-CBN: Channel 2
  • GMA Network: Channel 7
  • TV5 : Channel 5
  • National Broadcasting Network : Channel 4
  • GMA NewsTV : Channel 11


The official song of the Municipality of Cavinti and its people is Cavinti Hymn or Imno ng Cavinti. The anthem was composed by Bonifacio J. Linay, a native of Cavinti.


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