As my first blogging road trip for the year 2013 I got the chance to join fellow bloggers to visit Aguinaldo Shrine at Kawit, Cavite. To be able to visit interesting sights excites me as we must patronize our own tourism “Choose Philippines” as what most people say. I remember it was 2004 got to pass by Aguinaldo Shrine but never got the chance to drop by and see a closer look. Now having the chance I won’t have second thoughts about it.
When going to Aguinaldo Shrine the best way from Metro Manila is taking the Cavitex Expressway to avoid the traffic nearby towns.
- Take the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Coastal Road and Cavitex) then exit at Kawit,Cavite.
- Turn right at Tirona Highway and after some 700 meters, Turn right onto Kawit Loop Road you should be seeing the Aguinaldo Shrine.
By public transportation, take a jeepney or bus bound for Cavite, Rosario, or Noveleta, making sure it passes thru the town of Kawit (and not via SM Bacoor).
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The Aguinaldo clan wanted to show their appreciation to the people and also to boost tourism at Kawit, Cavite. They thought of making the Aguinaldo Shrine a light and sound display that would invite people to come and see one of our very own historical spot. We often as locals forget and neglect our very own tourism and would rather go vacation out of country. When you can enjoy our very own without going far.
The Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine is the birthplace of our nation. From one of its windows Philippine Independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898.
The house started out in 1845 as a nipa thatched structure. In 1849 it was reconstructed as a bahay-na-bato built with limestone, hardwood and panels of capiz windows lining the second floor. In the 1920’s the house was renovated to include the famous balcony, the tower and the family wing. The entire ground floor has been converted into a museum with an exhibit on Cavite’s role in the revolution leading to the proclamation of independence. The second floor contains original period furnitures and ornate wood carvings on the ceilings and walls. Secret passages and symbolic wood carvings personally designed by Emilio Aguinaldo remind the visitors of the events that transpired in our history. The exterior also contains stone carvings that evoke stately grandeur and elegance. The house is also the final resting place of General Emilio Aguinaldo, his tomb lies in the backyard overlooking the river. The Aguinaldo shrine has a floor area of about one thousand three hundred square meters and is seven-stories high.
In 1963, a year before he died, Emilio Aguinaldo donated the house and a portion of the surrounding lot to the government. On June 18, 1964 it was declared as a national shrine.
The Aguinaldo Shrine is Open Tuesday to Sunday 8 AM to 4 PM