Ternate, Cavite

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Official seal of Ternate
Motto: A major tourism growth center
Map of Cavite showing the location of Ternate
Map of Cavite showing the location of Ternate
Ternate is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°17′N 120°43′E / 14.28°N 120.72°E / 14.28; 120.72Coordinates: 14°17′N 120°43′E / 14.28°N 120.72°E / 14.28; 120.72
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Cavite
District 7th District of Cavite
Incorporated 1663
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Herminio C. Lindo
 • Vice Mayor Salvador Jr. C. Gubio
 • Total 59.93 km2 (23.14 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 23,157
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4111
IDD:area code +63 (0)46
Website www.ternate.cavite.gov.ph

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.[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 and Papuan 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.
1903 2,460 —    
1918 2,803 +0.87%
1939 4,082 +1.81%
1948 2,383 −5.80%
1960 5,345 +6.96%
1970 5,930 +1.04%
1975 6,593 +2.15%
1980 9,739 +8.11%
1990 11,981 +2.09%
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: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Ternate, Cavite, was 23,157 people,[3] 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 Chavacano. It is still spoken by a number of the population. 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 (A Political Corporation and Extension Office of the Municipality of Ternate)
  • Jehova's Witnesses
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Assembly Of God
  • United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)
  • Muslim



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. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  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. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Province of Cavite". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
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