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!
What makes it special?
1. Emilio Aguinaldo
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.
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.
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
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.
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
In the Philippines, government officials use protocol license plates from 1-16.
This is one of the campaign materials used during the election. It’s 20 centavos per copy and 2 pesos for one year subscription.
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.
As much as I love wearing hanbok, I also love to wear a Filipiniana. These are the traditional clothes of the Philippines.
The furniture around the house are well taken care of.
Even the ceilings are work of art!
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.
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.
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
Aguinaldo Shrine is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm.