Ternate, Cavite

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Municipality of Ternate
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Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Cavite
Barangays 10
Physical characteristics
Area 54.7 km²
Total (2000) 17,179
Density 314/km²

The Municipality of Ternate (Filipino: Bayan ng Ternate) is a fourth class municipality in the province of Cavite, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 17,179 people in 3,541 households.



Ternate is politically subdivided into 10 barangays (3 urban and 7 rural).

  • Poblacion I (Barangay I)
  • Poblacion II (Barangay II)
  • Bucana
  • Poblacion III (Barangay III)
  • San Jose
  • San Juan I
  • Sapang I
  • Poblacion I A
  • San Juan II
  • Sapang II


The Merdicas/Mardicas were a tribe of Malays of Ternate in the Moluccas which was a small Spanish colony. Before this it was a Portuguese colony. Mardicas, meant "People of the Sea". There were originally seven families, whose family names were Nino Franco, De Leon, Ramos, De la Cruz, Esteubar, Pereira, and Nigoza. In 1574, the merdicas volunteered to come to Cavite to support the Spanish against the threat of invasion of the Chinese pirate, Limahong. The invasion did not occur but the community of Merdicas settled in a place, which at first was named "Gilolo" after a tree similar to theirs in the Moluccas. Then it was changed to "Barra de Maragondon" at a sandbar at the mouth of the Maragondon River. Today, the place is called Ternate and the community of Merdicas continued to use "broken Spanish" which evolved into the full-fedged Philippine Spanish creole called Ternateño or Ternateño Chavacano.

In 1663, some Merdicas were ordered by the Governor General to establish themselves in Bagumbayan (now Ermita) and protect Manila. About 200 of them fought against Moro pirates.


Currently, Ternate Municipal officials composed of the following, serving for the term 2005-2010: Conrado C. Lindo - Municipal Mayor Lamberto Dinglas Bambao - Municipal Vice Mayor Liberal Party Members of the Sangguniang Bayan: Jayson Cabaña Liberal Party Rico Nigoza Rolando Federico Virginia Nacis Boy Hernandez George Tagle Roberto Bersamina

Publications: Bahra: History of Ternate by Dr. Evangelino Nigoza Dictionario de Bahra by Dr. Evangelino Nigoza

Prominent Personalities: Jorge C. Nuñez-Congressman 8th Congress Bayani Casimiro - Actor Dr. Evagelino Nigoza - Philanthropist, Historian Stephanie Ramos - Geologist John Kenneth Santos - Geologist Dr. C. Nuñez- Former Philippine Medical Association President Don Jose De Leon - Alcalde Mayor cir 1820

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