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Cavinti, Laguna

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!
Cavinti is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Laguna
District 4th district of Laguna
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Milbert De Leon Oliveros
 • Total 203.58 km2 (78.60 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 20,809
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
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. It is an agricultural town with a population of 20,809 people in the 2010 census.[3] The current administration was headed by Honorable Mayor Milbert Oliveros.

Although relatively far from the immediate influence of Metropolitan Areas and Urbanized Towns, Cavinti continues to progress. The town of Cavinti is expected to be a 1st Class Municipality before 2016.[4]


  • Geography 1
    • Climate 1.1
    • Barangays 1.2
      • Poblacion 1.2.1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
    • Language 3.1
  • Economy 4
  • Annual events and festivals 5
  • Tourist destinations 6
  • Local government 7
  • Infrastracture 8
    • Transportation 8.1
    • Communication system 8.2
    • Utilities 8.3
  • Education 9
  • Media 10
  • Anthem 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


Cavinti is situated at the eastern side of the province of Laguna. The town is bounded by the municipality of Lumban on the north, by the municipalities of Sampaloc, Quezon and Mauban, Quezon in the east, Pagsanjan in the west, and by the 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
  • 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) are located in Poblacion too.


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.[5]


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. The business income are commonly came from CBK Power Plants, Resorts, Hotels and Restaurants. Piggery and poultry farming are also an additional income.

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

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 a sense of pride and nationalism.
Sambalilo Festival
(August 3–6) - The Sambalilo Festival is one of the most colorful and prosperous festival in the province of Laguna. It is celebrated that commemorates the handmade sombrero(hat) made from pandan. Highlights of the fiesta include the 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 will be launched on February 26–28, 2014 to exploit the municipal tourism and promote tilapia traders. This is also celebrated to thank the Almighty God of the tilapia traders in the town of Cavinti that was gradually identified for its fresh,delicious, and tasteful tilapia compared to other towns. Highlights of this festival features 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) - Highlights of this festival features the festivities,prosperity, and unique celebration of Cavinti to promote or exploit the tourism together with the developing of town's agriculture. Participated by 19 barangays features different kinds of vegetables and fruits which would become source of the food for the town.
Mayflower Festival
(Celebrated during the month of May) - It is an old tradition of the Catholic to offer flowers to the image of Mother Mary,praying of rosary, and Parade of different kinds of God's figure. It is initiated by the Hermanos and Hermanas that is sharing of their blessings to the people of Cavinti.

Tourist destinations

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)

Local government

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:[1]

  • 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) - 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

  • Landline : PLDT
  • Internet connection : SmartBroadband, Globe, PLDT
  • Cellular phones : Smart, Globe, Sun Cellular
  • Postal service : Philpost Inc.


  • 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.

Cavinti Hymn

Sa gilid ng Sierra Madre
Bulubunduking walang katulad
May isang bayang sumilang
May likas na kayamanan

Doon din ay makikita
Yungib, talon at ilog pa
Lawa sa dakong silangan
Kadluan ng kayamanan

Bumangon na, bumangon na
Ngayo’y umunlad pa
Ganap na layunin
Ay nagtagumpay na

Gabay ng Poong Maykapal
Na iginawad n’ya
Poong Patron ng bayan ko
El Salvador Del Mundo

Sulong bayan kong Cavinti
Taglayin ang ating lahi
Mamamayang mapagkandili
Sa adhikaing minimithi

Sumulong na ang turismo
Umangat na ang bayan ko
Mamamayang Cavintiño
Cavinti ang bayan ko


  1. ^ a b "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: LAGUNA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Final Results - 2010 Census of Population". Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Welcome". Retrieved on 2012-04-07.

External links

  • Official Website of Cavinti
  • A website about Cavinti
  • Cavinti information from Local Governance Performance Management System
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