Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine

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Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine is one of the tourist spots often included in the itineraries of field trips in Cavite. It’s so famous that it is featured in our 200 peso bill!

Famous Landmarks in Philippine Peso Bills
Famous Landmarks in Philippine Peso Bills

What makes it special?

1. Emilio Aguinaldo

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Emilio Aguinaldo is the first and youngest president of the Philippines. At the age of 17, he became the Cabeza de Barangay. At the age of 25, he became the Gobernadorcillo Capitan Municipal. After five years, he became the President of the Philippines.

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Besides his political career, he also served the military for four years. He used different nicknames: Kapitan Miong, Heneral Miong, El Caudillo, Magdalo, and Hermano Colon. He survived many battles.

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He died of coronary thrombosis at age 94 on February 6, 1964. I think that’s the reason why we caught his tomb with fresh flowers from various politicians.

2. The House of Independence

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Independence Balcony

The Proclamation of Independence happened in this house. On June 12, 1898, the national flag made by Marcela Agoncillo was unfurled in this balcony. President Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence from Spain.

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The house is comprised of three parts – the main house, the tower, and the family wing. The staff said that it has seven floors.

3. Memorabilia on the First Floor

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The President’s Plate Number

In the Philippines, government officials use protocol license plates from 1-16.

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This is one of the campaign materials used during the election. It’s 20 centavos per copy and 2 pesos for one year subscription.

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The weapons used by Aguinaldo are also displayed in the house.

4. Antiques on the Second Floor

The second floor features the bedrooms and the living room. It’s filled with family portraits and antique furniture.

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As much as I love wearing hanbok, I also love to wear a Filipiniana. These are the traditional clothes of the Philippines.

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The furniture around the house are well taken care of.

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Even the ceilings are work of art!

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I’ve been here before when I was young but I think this trip is more meaningful. I brought my sister here to teach her that learning history is fun. I always believe that seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times.

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My sister is now 9 years old. I hope that she’ll grow up as adventurous as me! Bringing her to tourist spots like this is one of my investments. I know she’ll remember this in the future.

Oh by the way, this trip is included in my bucket list. I’m trying to visit the Famous Landmarks in Philippine Peso Bills. I hope I can finish it with my little sister.

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How to go there:

From Manila: Take the bus going to Tagaytay or Batangas, then get off at SM Bacoor. Next, take a mini bus or a jeep going to Kawit. Ask the driver to take you to Aguinaldo Shrine.

Address: Gen. Tirona Street, Kawit, Cavite 4104

Schedule:

Aguinaldo Shrine is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm.

27 comments

  1. I learned more about Emilio Aguinaldo from this post. I have not visited the Shrine yet, but I am planning to bring my children to historical places in the country.

  2. Very informative post about your home country Karla! I’m actually going to start my backpacking jaunt in Cebu! I’ll fly there the 27 and I’m so stoked! I’m gonna spend about 5-6 weeks exploring the beauty of the Philippines. I’m so excited! I’m doing Cebu > Siargao > Cebu > Palawan > Boracay > Manila and the thought of sun and sand immediately put a smile on my face!

  3. It looks like you had a very educational trip! I love that you brought your sister to teach her that traveling can be educational too! I love learning about history and culture by visiting and traveling and really want to instill that in my children as well! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This was a great post! I’d never heard of Emilio Aguinaldo before but you inspired me to watch a documentary about him, and I gotta say, quite the inspiring guy. Thank you for sharing your experience with us:D

  5. LOVE your photos, really brings this post to life. There is so much interesting history in the Philippines, thank you for educating me! Hope we can visit someday.

  6. Kudos for blogging about Aguinaldo and the Aguinaldo Shrine. There are many places in the Philippines, aside from our beaches, that are worth visiting and exploring. And these are rich with history and possess excellent architecture:-).

  7. All your posts on the Philippines continue to edge me closer and closer to planning a trip there. It’s on my list but I need to bump it up a few notches! The country is rich with history and sights to see from your photos. its always astounding how one person can make such a profound impact on a people and a place!

  8. So cool that you took your sister along with you to show her how fun history can be. I love learning about history and would really like to show my nieces some of my favorite places someday.

    I totally didn’t know about Emilio Aguinaldo; it’s so strange to think that he was my age when he became president. There’s no way I could be president of a country right now, haha. Thanks for the history lesson!

  9. I’ve been there as part of a school field trip when I was young. This is so nostalgic. This will definitely be on my list when I come back to the Philippines. I’m sure I’ll appreciate the trip more.

  10. I love your bright and clean looking pictures! I’ve also always loved learning about the history behind places–it’s so cool to me to imagine them a long time ago! Great post.

  11. I’ve never been to the Philippines, but would love to someday. ???? The history of Philippines youngest president seems very interesting. I love the decor and the memorabilia of the shrine.

  12. “I brought my sister here to teach her that learning history is fun.” – I love this line. As someone who loves to learn more about history (not just in the Philippines )will definitely add this to my bucket list.

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