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Aguinaldo Shrine: The House of Independence

Aguinaldo Shrine - Kawit, Cavite
With nothing to do and having had a long vacation already (due to the Lenten season), my friend and I decided to have a historical trip down south last April 9. We went to Cavite and visited some historical sites there. One of the sites we visited was the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. Aguinaldo Shrine, the ancestral house of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, is the site of proclamation of Philippine Independence. Unfortunately for us, we were not able to enter Aguinaldo's house as it is closed every Monday, the day we were there, so we just explored and take photos around the shrine.

Some photos from my first visit:

the window where the first Philippine flag was raised and the Philippine Independence was proclaimed
Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo monument, in the area fronting the Aguinaldo house
Act of Proclamation of Independence of the Filipino People (written in English, Filipino & Spanish)
Aguinaldo Shrine, with people enjoying the grounds and taking some photos
Last June 10 however, two days before the Independence Day celebration, I had a chance to visit the shrine again. This time, with my friends and former officemates who live in Bacoor. From Quezon City, I took the LRT going to Baclaran and from there took a bus going to SM Bacoor, our meeting place. It's already lunch time when I got there so we took our lunch first. Afterwards, we went to Aguinaldo Shrine.

Aguinaldo Shrine is the house of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite.  It was where he was born and raised and later on, his family, too. It has become a house of history since this is where General Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence in June 12, 1898.

Aguinaldo Shrine - 2 days before the 2012 Independence Day celebration
Aguinaldo house, taken from the back side of the property
one of the aides doing some cleaning in the property's lawn
1924 Packard, a 7-passenger limousine, personal car of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo
There were a lot of activities going on in the shrine that time. As I've said, two days to go and its Independence Day so a lot of preparation and repair/repainting were being done. But the shrine is still open to people who would want to explore it. Actually, one TV host together with her crew were there doing an interview with one of Aguinaldo's descendants. There is also one family there who were accompanied by a guide telling them the stories behind every part of the house. Since we don't have a tour guide to accompany us, I just follow the group and explore the house all by myself (was separated from my friends because I took time taking photos). Anyway, almost every room and every part of the house has a marker that explains what is it all about the room so no problem getting information there.

Gen. Aguinaldo's uniform and Leather Map Case
This is the blue and white Rayadillo uniform of Emilio Aguinaldo. Rayadillo is the official uniform of the revolutionaries. (source: shrine marker)

replica of the canon used at the Battle of Binakayan in Kawit, Cavite
Samurai sword, a gift to Aguinaldo
This samurai sword with a sheath was presented to General Aguinaldo in the 1930's by former Japanese Premier Inukai on behalf of Emperor Hirohito. (source: shrine marker)

Aguinaldo's carrying case and camping set
This case contains Gen. Aguinaldo's camping set which include plates, utensils, food containers and thermos. This case was also used as table by putting the legs in each corner of the case. (source: shrine marker)

Oath-taking of Gen. Aguinaldo and Gen. Trias
Emilio Aguinaldo and Mariano Trias are sworn into office as president and vice president, respectively of the revolutionary government, in the convent of Sta. Cruz de Malabon on March 23, 1897. (source: shrine marker)

meeting hall, where Aguinaldo met with his comrades in the revolution
Gen. Aguinaldo's bedroom (looking at this photo gives me an eerie feeling)
view from the veranda: can you spot the lovebirds here? ☺
souvenir shots :P
See more photos on TPW's FB account... ;)
~oo00oo~

Date of Visit: April 9 & June 10, 2012
Entrance Fee: Free
Visiting Days/Hours: Tuesday - Sunday except on official non-working holidays, 8AM-12PM; 1PM-5PM

25 comments:

  1. marami ding shrine dito sa ilocos, makikita ang nga sinaunang damit, kagamitan, cars, at iba pa.
    ang ganda ng tsekot ni Geberal,ang sarap i drive siguro niyan hehehe.

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    1. Heard/Read about it, hope to visit one or two when I get to visit Ilocos Norte. Korak, ganda ng tsikot nya, but it's enclosed in a glass, can't even touch it. hehe...

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  2. I was never good with history, sumasakit ulo ko dati pag yan subject sa school.. thanks for all info, hehe.. natakot ako dun sa manikin na naka-baro't saya, kala ko multo, hahaha!

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    1. Same here, di ko rin feel history, daming dapat i-memorize so I just took photos there, check ko na lang pics when I need to find something. hehe...

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    2. Hinanap ko raw talaga ang lovebirds pero di ko nakita teh!

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    3. @McRich: hahha...meron lovebirds dyan, promise, gamit ka ng magnifying glass para makita mo...hahha!

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  3. wonderful photos of a place that tells a lot of story...thank you for taking me there sis, di ko pa din napapasyalan :-)

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    1. Hi Kulasa, thank you for visiting here. Got a load of photos from this shrine, will upload it on my FB account and post the link here. You may check it out later... :)

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  4. Great photos Tal..I hope to visit this soon. :-)

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  5. Sana maka visit din sa mga historical sites. Mukha bang may lalabas na momo dun sa bedroom ni Gen Aguinaldo kaya may eerie feeling? hehe!

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    1. Haha, oo Anney eh, parang ganon na nga... :D

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  6. Ang ganda ng Aguinaldo shrine, at free ang entrance, wow galing...Sana makapunta ako dyan. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. nang nasa cavite ako hanggang tingin lang ako pag dumaraan....at alam ko maganda ang loob...maganda nga...historic..

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    1. Sayang naman, sana dumaan ka na kase libre naman pagpasok dun. Next time, punta ka na... :)

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  8. Wow, free entrance naman pala!!

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  9. hi...wala naman po sa spam.....salamat pa rin sa pagbasa..

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  10. Oh my gulay never thought that cavite has a place like this. we do have a house in pala pala cavite almost near in tagaytay and I only go dr if i need a good rest with this post I should try to explore cavite..thank you for sharing:)

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    1. Hi ST! Cavite is one of the 8 provinces that revolted against the spaniards kaya maraming mga lugar dun na historical, maraming pwedeng i-explore. Gala na! :)

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  11. Thank you for sharing this. Di pa ko nakapunta dyan, now I know how it looks like! Ang dami magagandang lugar sa atin no?

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  12. Maganda tong Historical place.. makapunta nga dyan.

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  13. So interesting! Would love to visit this place one day..

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  14. di ko pa napupuntahan to. anong next na sakyan kapag nasa SM Bacoor na?:p

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    1. Di ko na-try 'to but I asked friends, eto sabi nila: From SM Bacoor, take a mini-bus going to Cavite City, ask mo lang po driver to drop you off at Aguinaldo Shrine, dumadaan daw po kase yun mga buses dun sa malapit sa shrine mismo. Salamat po sa pagdalaw dito, will check your site later. See you around. :)

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