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Municipality of Noveleta
Downtown area
Downtown area
Official seal of Noveleta
Map of Cavite with Noveleta highlighted
Map of Cavite with Noveleta highlighted
Noveleta is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°26′N 120°53′E / 14.43°N 120.88°E / 14.43; 120.88Coordinates: 14°26′N 120°53′E / 14.43°N 120.88°E / 14.43; 120.88
Country Philippines
RegionCalabarzon (Region IV-A)
District1st District
FoundedJanuary 5, 1868
Barangays16 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorDhino Carlo R. Chua
 • Vice MayorArlynn A. Torres
 • CongressmanFrancis Gerald A. Abaya
 • Electorate25,565 voters (2016)
 • Total16.43 km2 (6.34 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total45,846
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)46
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Income class3rd municipal income class
Revenue (₱)106.5 million  (2016)
Native languagesTagalog
Major religionsAglipayan Church,

Roman Catholicism, Protestantism,

Iglesia ni Cristo
Feast dateMay 2 - Noveleta's Grand Karakol to be found and experience at Iglesia Filipina Independiente(Filipino Catholic Church). May 3 - Town Fiesta
Filipino Catholic DioceseDiocese of Cavite
Patron saintHoly Cross and Nuestra Señora dela Paz y BuenViaje - Reina de Noveleta, Enshrined at Iglesia Filipina Independiente (Filipino Catholic Church) the oldest church in town.

Noveleta, officially the Municipality of Noveleta, (Tagalog: Bayan ng Noveleta), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Cavite, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 45,846 people.[3]

With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the municipality is now included in the Manila built-up area which reaches Lipa City in its southernmost part.


Noveleta was originally a barrio of the municipality of Kawit (Cavite El Viejo) and some part of Cavite City (Dalahican). It was made an independent pueblo on January 5, 1868 by Gen. Jose dela Gandera y Navarro. Ironically, Noveleta was referred to by the Spaniards as Tierra Alta meaning higher ground in view of the fact that it was more elevated than Cavite la Punta (now Cavite City). The place was also called Nueva Lete (new fate or fortune) and Nueva Isla (new island). Jeg Alix tells a legend story of a beautiful maiden named Violeta who was betrothed by her father to a Spanish officer against her will. The unhappy girl, who was already engaged to a young Katipunero, committed suicide on the eve of her wedding to the Spaniard. The Spanish officer cried in deep anguish for the loss of his love, “Madre de Dios, no Violeta!” The phrase “No Violeta” eventually became “Noveleta.“ Noveleta has the distinction of leading a pivotal role in the Philippine revolutionary activities in Cavite. It used to be the seat of the Magdiwang Council of the Katipunan, the counterpart of the Magdalo Council under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. The capture of the Noveleta Tribunal on August 31, 1896 was led by Mariano Alvarez, founder and president of the Sangguniang Bayan Magdiwang. Its revolutionary name is Magdiwang, meaning to celebrate a momentous event. The revolution against the Spanish colonialism produced five brave and able military generals and tacticians from Noveleta in the persons of Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Gen. Santiago Alvarez (Son of Mariano), Gen. Pascual Alvarez (Cousin of Pascual), Gen. Luciano San Miguel. He was the Last President of the Philippine Revolutionary Government after the capture of General Mariano Trias (Vice President of Aguinaldo) and Miguel Malvar of Batangas. Another hero is General Ariston Villanueva who together with General Santiago Alvarez emerged as the hero of the Battle of Calero.[citation needed]


Noveleta is the smallest municipality of the Cavite province. It is 26 kilometres (16 mi) away from Metro Manila and is accessible by land transport modes. The municipality is bordered on the north by Cavite City, on the west by Manila Bay and Rosario. It is flanked by General Trias on the south and Kawit on the east.

Land Area[edit]

Noveleta has a total land area of 16.43 km², which is roughly 5.41% of the total land area of the province of Cavite. The municipality has 16 barangays. Based on the 2007 Annual Report of the Municipality, the major land use include, residential, agricultural, saltbeds and fishponds and industrial.[citation needed]


Noveleta is politically subdivided into 16 barangays

  • Magdiwang
  • Poblacion
  • Salcedo 1
  • San Antonio 1
  • San Rafael 1
  • San Rafael 2
  • San Jose 1
  • Santa Rosa 1
  • Salcedo 2
  • San Antonio 2
  • San Jose 2
  • San Juan 1
  • San Juan 2
  • San Rafael 3
  • San Rafael 4
  • Santa Rosa 2


Population census of Noveleta
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 2,343—    
1918 2,886+1.40%
1939 4,241+1.85%
1948 5,003+1.85%
1960 7,029+2.87%
1970 10,560+4.15%
1975 12,141+2.84%
1980 14,460+3.56%
1990 20,409+3.51%
1995 27,306+5.61%
2000 31,959+3.43%
2007 39,294+2.89%
2010 41,678+2.17%
2015 45,846+1.83%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Noveleta was 45,846 people,[3] with a density of 2,800 inhabitants per square kilometre or 7,300 inhabitants per square mile.


The majority of inhabitants are composed of Roman Catholics, Protestants and other christian denominations.


The agricultural sector in Noveleta centers on crop production, fishery, livestock and poultry raising. Fishery is a major source of livelihood in the municipality. Around 100 hectares are utilized for aquaculture and fishpond activities, most of which are in Brgys. San Rafael II, III, and IV. The main products of Noveleta include bangus, prawns, crabs, tilapia, mussels and oysters. The fishponds are converted to saltbeds during the dry season. A big enterprise, which spurs the output in the service sector, is the presence of the Noveca Industries in Brgy. Sta. Rosa. Manufacturing is limited to light and medium industries such as sash factories and several garment factories. Other activities are the manufacture of furniture, iron gates and grills, and hollowblocks. The construction boom, on the other hand, is due to the mushrooming of residential subdivisions in the area. A number of commercial establishments are located along Noveleta’s major thoroughfares. Small retail stores, service firms, and some medium scale enterprises, dot the municipality. There are specialty stores engaged in the trade of construction supplies and materials, auto parts, furniture and home decors, sportswear as well as fresh food items like meat, fruits and vegetables. Also based in the town are three pharmacies, eleven bakeries and two gasoline stations. The tourism industry in Noveleta relies mainly on its coastline with the Manila Bay bordering its western portion. Restaurants, cottages, conference rooms, and social halls/pavilions are situated along the beaches of Brgys. San Rafael III and IV.


The Philippine Postal Corporation manages one post office situated in the municipal building. The Bureau of Telecommunications of the Department of Transportation and Communication presently operates its office at the Old Noveleta Tribunal. PLDT, Globe and Digitel Telephone Company provide telephone services in the municipality.


Five banks operating in the town of Noveleta are GSIS Family Bank, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Family Bank, the Unlad Rural Bank of Noveleta, the Luzon Development Bank and the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC). There are other financial institutions in the area extending credit for investment ventures.


The agricultural activities in the municipality are gradually decreasing due to urbanization. The current trend in Noveleta is in conversion of land from agriculture use to urban settlements. This may be attributed to its growing population and its proximity to Metro Manila and the Cavite Economic Processing Zone in Rosario, a 10-minurte drive from Noveleta. Majority of Noveleta’s population is involved in commercial and industrial activities. Historical and tourism landmarks include the Noveleta Tribunal, Calero Bridge, Villamar Beach Resort I, Villamar Beach Resort II, Lido Beach Resort, TIP Beach Resort and the New Noveleta Cockpit Arena. The strips of beaches in Noveleta combined with the town’s proximity to major urban centers make it an ideal tourist attraction. Noveleta is included in the "Manila Build-up Area" which makes it ideal for housing and commercial developments. It is only 3 kilometers from Cavitex exit and also 3 kilometers to Sangley Point in Cavite City, the next international airport.



Noveleta is best accessed through jeeps, and mini buses that frequently ply its major thoroughfares, specifically the roads that lead to Rosario, Bacoor, and Cavite City. Tricycles and pedicabs service the tight and cool backroads of the municipality.


The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) distributes the power supply of Noveleta from the Luzon Grid of the National Power Corporation (NPC).

Water Supply[edit]

The Metropolitan Waterworks System in Noveleta provides the water requirement of Noveleta. But majority of the people in Noveleta uses Deep Well, specially on the remote area where the waterworks can't reach.


There are 39 schools in the municipality.

Public primary schools[edit]

  • Noveleta Central Elementary School
  • Ambrocio S. Robles Memorial Elementary School
  • San Antonio Elementary School
  • Gen Luciano San Miguel Elementary School
  • Salcedo Elementary School
  • Pacifico O. Aquino Elementary School
  • San Juan Elementary School

Public secondary school[edit]

  • Noveleta National High School
  • Noveleta Senior High School

Private schools[edit]

  • Abraham's Flock Christian Academy
  • Atheneum School
  • Gospel Light Christian Academy
  • Saint Therese Catholic School
  • Holy Cross Catholic School
  • Montgard Learning Center
  • Patnubay Academy
  • Unida Nehemiah Christian Academy


  • Columbia College and Computer Technology Center
  • Cavite State University (Covered Court lang)


Noveleta has ten government health centers and one private clinic as of 1996. There is one private medical hospital located at Salcedo II. The municipality also has three ambulances to support the medical practitioners in responding to the needs of the populace.[citation needed]

Local government[edit]

Town hall

Municipal officials (2016-2019):

  • Municipal Mayor (Chief Executive): Dino Reyes Chua (Partido Magdalo)
  • Municipal Vice Mayor (Presiding Officer): Dionisio Torres (Liberal Party)
  • Municipal Councilors (Sangguniang Bayan Member/s):
    • Davey Christian R. Chua
    • Donato Alvarez
    • Elvira Magat
    • Glenn Villena
    • Enriq Joseph Alvarez
    • Leah Olidan
    • Kate Bernal
    • Eleonor D. Cerezo
    • Emelito Lontoc (ABC President)



  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Cavite". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  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. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region IV-A (Calabarzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Province of Cavite". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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