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The name Silang was derived from the Tagalog word “silanganan” meaning east, because the town is seated at the eastern portion of Cavite. A legend claims that it was coined from the Tagalog word “isinilang” or given birth, referring to the sudden and unusual emergence of the parish church.

One of the oldest towns in Cavite, Silang may have been founded in the year 1571, though there are other dates being claimed by some authorities. The roots, however, is being traced by tradition to the time of the ten Bornean Datus who migrated northwards on board balangays. Its first settlers were Gat Hingiw, his wife Gat Kaliwanag and their seven children. Their children moved to different places of the town and established the respective barangays.

Another version of Silang’s origin is based on a research conducted in 1953 when Don Bernabe Javier Manahan, Don Gervario dela Cruz and the people of Silang purchased the area from King Ferdinand VI of Spain for 2,000 pesetas on March 9, 1746.

A different story recounts that Silang originally belonged to the encomienda of Diego Jorge de Villalobos. In 1585, the Franciscan order founded the Silang Catholic Parish. The Jesuits, Augustinian Recollects, Belgian fathers, the Society of St. Columban and other religious congregations successively took over Silang Parish until 1978 when finally administration was relinquished to the Imus Diocese.

Originally, Silang’s territory extended to what are known today as the towns of Carmona, Amadeo, Indang and General Trias.

Ahhh... Silang, Cavite... My birthplace... will always be my home.

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