Ternate, Cavite

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Ternate, Cavite
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Official seal of Ternate, Cavite
Motto: A major tourism growth center
Map of Cavite showing the location of Ternate
Map of Cavite showing the location of Ternate
Ternate, Cavite is located in Philippines
Ternate, Cavite
Ternate, Cavite
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°17′N 120°43′E / 14.283°N 120.717°E / 14.283; 120.717Coordinates: 14°17′N 120°43′E / 14.283°N 120.717°E / 14.283; 120.717
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Cavite
Congr. district 7th District of Cavite
Incorporated 1663
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Herminion C. Lindog malibog
 • Vice Mayor Gomez B. Linayao Jr.
 • Total 59.93 km2 (23.14 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • Total 23,157
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4111
Dialing code 46

The Municipality of Ternate (Chabacano: Municipalidad de Ternate) is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Cavite, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it had a population of 23,157 people.[3]


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.[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 Ternateño Chabacano.[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


Population census of Ternate
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 11,981 —    
1995 14,236 +3.28%
2000 17,179 +4.11%
2007 20,457 +2.44%
2010 19,297 −2.10%
2015 23,157 +3.53%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


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.[citation needed] 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
  • Bumbay
  • United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)



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 https://psa.gov.ph/content/highlights-philippine-population-2015-census-population.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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 (PDF). Walter de Gruyter. p. 276. ISBN 9783110134179. 

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