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General Trias, officially the City of General Trias, (Tagalog: Lungsod ng General Trias), or simply known as General Trias City, is a 1st class city in the province of Cavite, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 314,303 people.[3]

General Trias
City of General Trias
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(From top, left to right) Aerial view of General Trias City showing one of its gated communities, Tejero Bridge, General Trias City Hall, Gen. Mariano Trias Monument, and Cañas River.
Official seal of General Trias
Map of Cavite with General Trias highlighted
Map of Cavite with General Trias highlighted
General Trias is located in Philippines
General Trias
General Trias
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°23′N 120°53′E / 14.38°N 120.88°E / 14.38; 120.88Coordinates: 14°23′N 120°53′E / 14.38°N 120.88°E / 14.38; 120.88
Country Philippines
RegionCalabarzon (Region IV-A)
District6th District of Cavite (Lone District of General Trias)
FoundedDecember 12, 1748
CityhoodDecember 13, 2015
Named forGeneral Mariano Trías
Barangays33 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
 • MayorAntonio A. Ferrer
 • Vice MayorMaurito C. Sison
 • CongressmanLuis A. Ferrer IV
 • Electorate138,484 voters (2016)
 • Total81.46 km2 (31.45 sq mi)
22 m (72 ft)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total314,303
 • Density3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)46
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Revenue (₱)1,262.7 million  (2016)
Native languagesTagalog

It is formerly known as San Francisco de Malabon.


During the earlier part of the Spanish colonial period, General Trias was often referred to as Las Estancias (the ranches), which was once a part of Cavite el Viejo, the present-day Kawit. It was also called Malabon Grande. The name Malabon was speculated to have been derived from either the local term "maraming labong," due to the abundance of bamboo shoots in the area, which is a main ingredient in Filipino cuisine; or from "mayabong," referring to the trees and other plants once abundant in the place.

At any rate, the first reference seems to be more probable because General Mariano Trías, a noted writer, adopted the nom de guerre "Labong," a word he often used in his writing and conversation. Grande, on the other hand, was affixed to the appellation because at the time, the place was a vast wilderness covering Sitio Tejero, frequently called by the revolutionary as Salinas (present-day Rosario), Sta. Cruz de Malabon or Malabon el Chico (present-day Tanza) and Tierra Alta (present-day Noveleta). When the town was made independent from Cavite el Viejo, it was finally called by its popular name San Francisco de Malabon, in honor of patron saint, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1200).


The old friar estate house in General Trias where the Tejeros Convention was held on 22 March 1897.
The Diego Mojica historical marker

First Cry of CaviteEdit

The first uprising in Cavite known as the "First Cry of Cavite" occurred in San Francisco de Malabon[4] about ten o’clock in the morning of 31 August 1896, when the town tribunal was attacked by Filipino revolutionaries led by Mariano Trías, Diego Mojica and Nicolas Portilla in Pasong Kalabaw (now known as Sta. Clara).[5] The second incident followed at twelve noon at Tierra Alta and the third in Cavite el Viejo between two and three o’clock in the afternoon.

Tejeros ConventionEdit

A chapter of the Katipunan known as Balangay Mapagtiis had already been in existence in the place for sometime. The Sangguniang Bayang Magdiwang headed by General Mariano Álvarez of Tierra Alta and the Sangguniang Bayang Mapagtiis of San Francisco de Malabon later merged under the name Magdiwang Council with General Alvarez as president. The Magdiwang Council hosted the Tejeros Convention on 22 March 1897 in a friar estate house in Sitio Tejero wherein Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was elected president and Mariano Trías, then lieutenant general, as vice-president in a revolutionary government replacing the Katipunan.

Renamed as General TriasEdit

On 28 February 1914, Act No. 2390 was passed by the Philippine Assembly, changing the town's name to Malabon. On February 24,1920, Act No. 2889 was approved renaming the town after one of its most famous son, General Mariano Trías.[citation needed]


On 19 August 2015, Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III signed Republic Act No. 10675 which converted the municipality of General Trias into a component city of Cavite.[6] The bill finally came into full effect after majority of the city's residents voted yes to cityhood through a plebiscite.[7] General Trias thus became the seventh city in the province and the 145th in the country.

Lone District of General TriasEdit

On 14 September 2018, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11069 [1] reapportioning the province of Cavite into eight legislative districts to make General Trias the province’s sixth legislative district.


General Trias is an inland city of Cavite located 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Manila. It straddles the northeastern part of the province. The city is surrounded by the municipalities of Rosario and Noveleta in the north, by Tanza and Trece Martires in the west, by Amadeo in the south, Silang in the southeast, and the cities of Dasmarinas and Imus to the east.[8] General Trias has a total land area of 81.46 square kilometers.[2]


YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 9,515—    
1918 9,672+0.11%
1939 16,611+2.61%
1948 15,963−0.44%
1960 21,618+2.56%
1970 29,635+3.20%
1975 34,807+3.28%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 39,745+2.69%
1990 52,888+2.90%
1995 66,837+4.48%
2000 107,691+10.77%
2007 218,387+10.24%
2010 243,322+4.01%
2015 314,303+4.99%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][9][10][11]

In the 2015 census, the population of General Trias, Cavite, was 314,303 people,[3] with a density of 3,900 inhabitants per square kilometre or 10,000 inhabitants per square mile.


1611 Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church of General Trias

A vast majority of inhabitants are Roman Catholics while Protestanism is the second largest denomination in the city.


General Trias is one of the Hispanic towns in the Philippines because of these Spanish speakers are present in the town . Filipino , English and Spanish are the most used language in the area specially in Buenavista (also known as Camaren) because this has been the hide out of the Spaniards during their era.

Local governmentEdit

City of General Trias
Antonio Ferrer (NUP)
Vice Mayor
Maurito Sison (NUP)
Sangguniang Panlungsod Members
Jonas Labuguen Gary Grepo
Claire Campaña Jowie Carampot
Kristine Jane Perdito Major Gani Culanding
Jay Columna Tey Martinez
Florencio Ayos Vivencio Q. Lozares Jr.

Pursuant to Chapter II, Title II, Book III of Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991,[12] the city government is to be composed of a mayor (alkalde), a vice mayor (bise alkalde) and members (kagawad) of the legislative branch Sangguniang Panlungsod alongside a secretary to the said legislature, all of which are elected to a three-year term and are eligible to run for three consecutive terms.


As with every Philippine city, the city mayor serves as General Trias' chief executive. Elected to a term of three years and limited to three consecutive terms, he or she appoints the directors of each city department, which include the office of administration, engineering office, information office, legal office, and treasury office. The current mayor is Antonio Ferrer, brother of former mayor and incumbent 6th District congressman Luis "Jon-Jon" Ferrer IV.

The city's vice mayor performs duties as acting mayor in the absence of the mayor. He or she also automatically succeeds as mayor upon the death of the incumbent, or if the latter is unable to fulfil his/her duties. He or she also convenes the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the city's legislative body. The current vice mayor is Maurito Sison.


Within the city, the City Board or Sangguniang Panlungsod crafts all city ordinances, performs appropriation of city funds, issues franchises and permits, impose fees on city services, and exercise other duties and powers as stipulated by the Local Government Code of 1991.

Under R.A. 10675 Article V Section 10 (a). General Trias is entitled to a City Board composed of 10 members.[13]


General Trias is politically subdivided into 33 barangays:[2][14]

  • Alingaro
  • Arnaldo
  • Bacao I
  • Bacao II
  • Bagumbayan
  • Biclatan
  • Buenavista I
  • Buenavista II
  • Buenavista III
  • Corregidor
  • Dulong Bayan
  • Governor Ferrer
  • Javalera
  • Manggahan
  • Navarro
  • Panungyanan
  • Pasong Camachile I
  • Pasong Camachile II
  • Pasong Kawayan I
  • Pasong Kawayan II
  • Pinagtipunan
  • Prinza
  • Sampalucan
  • Santiago
  • San Francisco
  • San Gabriel
  • San Juan I (Poblacion)
  • San Juan II
  • Sta. Clara
  • Tapia
  • Tejero
  • Vibora
  • 1896th (Poblacion)


Barangay San Francisco General Trias aerial photo. Camella Homes Tierra Nevada at center

Industrial estatesEdit

General Trias has been gradually undergoing industrialization since the turn of the 21st century. Several major industrial estates, such as Gateway Business Park, a world class business community in Javalera and the New Cavite Industrial City (NCIC) in Manggahan, have chosen General Trias to be their home base.

The Cavite Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) occupies about 0.60 square kilometres of land belonging to General Trias. 110 factories operate in the CEPZ. The others are the Golden Gate Industrial Park (Phase I) in Buenavista II and Golden Gate Industrial Park (Phase II) in Panungyanan while the rest are found at Barangay Manggahan, Barangay San Francisco and along Governor's Drive.

Private SubdivisionsEdit

General Trias is considered one of the new frontiers of growth and development in the CALABARZON area as attested by the giant industrial subdivisions located in the city. Many of these are in the highland barangay of Manggahan, located along Governor's Drive, the barangays of San Francisco, Santiago in Arnaldo Highway, and barangay Pasong Camachille II in Open Canal Road .

Leisure and shopping mallsEdit

Located at the Tejero intersection and opened in May 2016, the 55,000-square meter Robinson's Place General Trias is Robinson's fourth shopping mall in the province and the first full-scale mall in General Trias.[15][16][17]

On the Southern part of the City lies one of the biggest Golf and Country residential estate Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club. It covers about 700 hectares, which makes it one of the largest residential estate in the Country. The Golf & Country Club, which is one of the component of Eagle Ridge development, is nearing its completion with three playable golf courses and two operational satellite clubhouses.

The 300-hectare Eagle Ridge Residential expanse features a very upscale housing community, the integral component of the project, will make up the whole concept of Eagle Ridge as a golf and residential site.

Since the fourth quarter of 2017, a number of shopping malls and areas are currently being built, and are expected to be complete in 2019 to 2021.


General Trias City celebrates their Valenciana Festival every year.[18] Valenciana, a variation of the Valencian paella, was first popularized in General Trias and became part of their culture.


Local Government ProjectsEdit

The master plan for General Trias is to achieve an agro-industrial and residential balance. Current developments include the construction of the General Trias Auditorium and Sports Complex at General Trias Memorial Elementary School Grounds in Barangay San Juan I, cementing of roads from Barangay Santiago to Governor's Drive and road widening of Barangay Tejero to San Juan II, the building of General Trias Municipal Hall-Manggahan Annex, completion of a 2-storey Training Center Building at Barangay Pinagtipunan. After the cityhood in December 2015, Many renovation projects is make including renovation of the city plaza, Sports Center, Welcome arch between Gen. Trias and a bridge to Dasmarinas. And making a stadium in Sports Complex (or popular called Track 'n field).


General Trias City will soon be accessible with the C6 Expressway's construction connecting the North and South of Luzon and the Cavite-Laguna Expressway's development connecting CAVITEX to SLEX. The expansion of the LRT Line 1 from Baclaran, to Dasmariñas City will also provide fast access from General Trias City to Makati City.

Health CareEdit

Several Hospitals both private and government have also sprouted throughout General Trias City ranging from government health centers to private clinics to complete hospitals. GenTri Medical Center and Hospital Inc. and Gentri Doctors Medical Center to name a few is among the biggest hospitals in the entire province of Cavite.


The City of General Trias is home to several educational institutions, notably Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite campus,[19] Cavite State University-General Trias campus, which was established in 2012, and the future AMA Computer University located inside Ara Vista Village and set to open its doors in May 2019. Also in General Trias are several private and public elementary and high schools.

Notable peopleEdit

Sister cityEdit

See alsoEdit


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  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. ^ "Cavite town marks 262nd anniversary - Yahoo! News Philippines". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Heritage Town: General Trias, Cavite". LegendHarry. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Republic Act No. 10675". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  7. ^ "General Trias in Cavite now a city". Rappler. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Geography: Municipality of General Trias". Trece Martires City: The Official Website of the Provincial Government of Cavite. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  9. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  10. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  11. ^ "Province of Cavite". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  12. ^ "An Act Providing for a Local Government Code of 1991". 8th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
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  14. ^ "Component Barangays". General Trias, Cavite: The Municipality of General Trias Official Website. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Robinson Place General Trias: Cavite's newest shopping & lifestyle destination opens". Manila Bulletin. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Time to celebrate homegrown tastes at Robinsons General Trias". Manila Bulletin. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  17. ^ Austria, Jenniffer (22 October 2015). "Robinsons bullish, plans 10 new malls -". The Standard. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Cavite celebrates 3rd Valenciana Festival". Tempo. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  19. ^ "Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite (Course Offerings and Contact Information)". WowCavite. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  20. ^ "List of Sister City Affiliations with Japan (by country)". Clair Singapore.

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