Income Classification: 4th Class
Congressional District: 7th District
No. of Barangays: 10
Land Area: 5994 has.
Population (NSO, May 1, 2010): 19,297
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2016): 14,186
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
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.
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.
Ternate, also known as Barra, is a coastal town of Cavite located on the southwestern part of the province. It is approximately 19 kilometers (kms) from the provincial capital, 56 kms from Metro Manila. It is bounded on the north by Naic, on the south by Nasugbu, Batangas, on the east by Maragondon, and on the west by Manila Bay. With its ten (10) barangays, its area comprises 4.7% or 5,993 hectares (has) of the provincial land area.
The topography of Ternate is generally rugged. The terrain is predominantly mountainous with 70% of the area having a slope of 18-30%. The slope of the area is generally characterized as rolling to moderately sloping and in some portions, steep to generally steep. The vegetative cover of the area is predominantly forest.
Major Income Sources: Agriculture, Fishing
Tourist Destinations: Rock Island (“El Fraile” or Fort Drum), Beaches and Resorts
Special Events/Festivals: Barangay Town Fiestas
Address: Ternate Municipal Hall, Governor’s Drive, Barangay Poblacion 1-A, Ternate, Cavite
Phone: (046) 443-2329