Trece Martires City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 15, 2007

The City of Trece Martires, or  Lungsod ng Trece Martires, is the provincial capital of Cavite, a province found at the southern Luzon region in the Philippines.  The city is located at the center of the province and bounded by the municipalities of Tanza to the north and west, Amadeo and Indang to the south, General Trias to the east, and Naic to the west.  Trece Martires lies 45 kilometers from Metro Manila, 25 kilometers from Cavite City, and 23 kilometers from Tagaytay City.  It may be accessed from Baclaran in Parañaque City via Cavite Coastal Road and Gen. E. Aguinaldo Highway; from Tagaytay City via the Tagaytay-Indang-Trece Martires City Road; and from metro Manila via South Luzon Expressway through the Carmona Interchange toward Governors Drive.

The city’s topography is generally characterized by gentle rolling plains and hills which were once devoted for agriculture.  The city’s land area of 39.17 km² is now dedicated for commercial, industrial, and residential developments. Like all places in the Philippines, Trece Martires has a tropical climate with two pronounced seasons.  The wet season starts from June to November, and the dry season is often from December to May.

Before its declaration as a city, Trece Martires used to be a remote barrio of Tanza called Quintana, which was a friar land of the Santa Cruz de Malabon Estate.  It was settled in the early 19th century by families from Indang, Amadeo, General Trias, Tanza, and Batangas.  Because of the remoteness of the barrio, development came at a slow pace, even after the end of the Second World War.  It was not until 1954 that  progress were made when President Magsaysay signed its ratification as a chartered city with the governor of Cavite serving as ex-officio city mayor.  The city was named after the thirteen martyrs of Cavite that were executed by the Spanish at the height  of the Philippine revolt against Spain in the late 19th century.

Trece Martires was instated as the provincial capital of Cavite on January 1,1956 with the governor still serving as the ex-oficio mayor.  It was not until 1992 that the city’s charter was amended to allow for the election of its city official through ballot voting.  In its existence as a city, Trece Martires has received multiple awards in the fields of social services, literacy, education, nutrition, health services, and cleanliness.

Residential Places in Trece Martires

All the 13 barangays in Trece Martires have residential neighborhoods, and many of these neighborhoods are found in gated communities locally referred to as subdivisions and villages. These gated communities are the residence of choice of most middle and upper class families.  They usually feature a walled perimeter with guarded gates to provide limited access.  The most common amenities provided in these gated communities are lighted streets, water, and garbage management.

Some of Trece Martires’ subdivisions and villages are Metrogate, Summerfield, Don Bosco Executive Heights,  West Ridge Subdivision, West Governor Height, cityview Subdivision, and Heritage Homes.

Hospitals and Universities of Trece Martires

Trece Martires has both private and government hospitals  that can efficiently attend to any medical emergency and procedure.  Both types of hospitals are said to provide the same standard of healthcare, differing only with the medical and diagnostic facilities and accommodations.  They are equipped with qualified health practitioners that are well-versed in English as the language is considered as a second language for most Filipinos.  The physicians are graduates of the many top reputable medical schools in the country, with most of them have pursued further studies and training in the United States.  Likewise, the nurses are the products of the many creditable Philippine nursing schools.  These are the same institutions that have produced the many Filipino nurses that are working in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Listed below are the hospitals and clinics that are found in Trece Martires City:

Trece Martires Hospitals and Clinics

Name-Services-Bed Capacity

Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital-Internal medicine, surgery, ob-gyne, pediatrics, oncology, hemodialysis, rehabilitation-250
Cavite Center for Mental Health-Psychiatric and mental health-500
Korea-Philippines Friendship Hospital-Internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, ob-gyne, pediatrics-100
Mark James Hospital-Surgery, anesthesiology, cardiology, gastroenterology, dermatology, ob-gyne, pediatrics, orthopedics, EEnt, ophthalmology, urology, neurology, pulmonology-43
Oro Maternity and Pediatric Clinic-Obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics-4

The Cavite State University located in  Barangay Osorio is the sole tertiary educational institution in Trece Martires City.  The university  evolved from a middle school which was established by American Thomasites in 1906.  It now currently offers graduate and undergraduate programs in agricultural science, veterinary medicine, arts& sciences, mass communication, education, engineering, architecture, industrial technologies, hospitality management, food technology, business management, accountancy, economics, criminology, law, and nursing.

Commercial Places in Trece Martires

Unlike the nearby  municipalities, Trece Martires does not have large shopping centers in its locality.  The accessibility of the city with these municipalities  seems to make up for this lack.  Nonetheless, there are small retail businesses found all over the city and public open-air markets, which are staple commercial centers anywhere in the Philippines.  Fresh produce, meat, seafood, poultry, rice, canned goods, house ware, some clothing items, and footwear are usually found in these markets.

Trece Martires’ prime recreation centers are found at the city’s resorts, such as the Queen’s Joy Resort.  These establishments feature leisure amenities like restaurants, swimming pools, and packages for recreational activities.

Service Establishments of Trece Martires

The Manila Electric Company (MARALCO) is the sole distributor of electric power in the city.  Formerly known as the Manila Electric Rail and Light Company, MERALCO is the largest electric power distributor in the country holding a central franchise on 22 cities and 89 municipalities.  Applications for service and bill payments may be done by visiting the MERALCO Cavite branch and extension offices located in Bacoor, Dasmariñas, Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Rosario, and Silang.

The major telecom company that services Trece Martires City is the Philippine Long distance Telephone company (PLDT).  The company provides traditional fixed telephony and internet access via dial-up and DSL connection.

Alternative telephone and internet service providers in Trece Martires are Digitel Telecommunications and Globelines of Globe Telecom.  The former offers internet access via dial-up and digital subscriber line, while the latter offers wireless connection via broad band.  SmartBro of Smart Communications, also provide wireless connection via broad band.

The three aforementioned companies, with their brands Sun Cellular, Globe Handyphone, and Smart Mobile, are the three larges cellular telephony service provider in the Philippines.  All companies have a nation-wide coverage and offer subscription packages for any income bracket. Their postpaid subscriptions may be furnished by visiting their centers located in most major commercial centers.  While prepaid subscriptions simply require SIM cards which can be bought at their centers or any authorized dealers.

The Trece Martires City Police Station is under the Philippine National Police Region IV-A (CALABARZON) District.  It is located in Barangay San Agustin and may be reached by dialing (02)419-0354 or (02)413-0354.  Sub-stations and police community precincts are also located in every barangay to ensure orderliness and immediate response in any emergency.

Embassies in Trece Martires

Trece Martires City has no foreign embassies or consular offices located within its locality. Most of these diplomatic missions have their offices located in the cities of Makati and Manila in the National Capital Region.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

JRoland June 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

please revise this information, because there are many changes in the face of the city as the times goes by, we witnessed it as we are a resident of the city


Emily S January 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Kindly provide me the contact information of Cavite Center for Mental Health – telephone number or website. Thanks!


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