Monday, June 12, 2017

Revisiting the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine for Independence Day

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"The Aguinaldo Shrine is a National Shrine of the Philippines located in Kawit, Cavite in the Philippines, where the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898. To commemorate the event, now known as Araw ng Kalayaan or Independence Day, a national holiday, the Philippine flag is raised here by top government officials on June 12 each year. The house is now a museum." - Wikipedia
Through the years, Aguinaldo Shrine has evolved from being just a historical landmark to one that's a place where people meet, eat and enjoy the fantastic displays of the old mansion.

This is a 1, 325 square meters mansion of General Emilio Aguinaldo which he himself donated to the government “to perpetuate the spirit of the Philippine Revolution of 1896 that put an end to Spanish colonization of the country. located in Kawit, Cavite.

The old house of General Emilio Aguinaldo, first president of the Philippine republic, is a unique house where the rich and the brilliant minds gathered and orchestrated the plan for the revolutionary government against Spain and America. This house also has a lot of secret passages and tunnels connected to different escape routes evading government authorities at that time.

As part of Independence Day celebrations, the government once had set up a video mapping show at the the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite that reenacts significant events in Philippine history. I'm not really sure if they're going to do this again this year.

To commemorate Independence Day, we opted to share to you some of our photos from the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine.

More than being just a house of history, Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine signifies the birth of our freedom and independence.

"Of all the old Filipiniana houses from Luzon to Mindanao I have seen, this one is the grandest and the biggest in my opinion. You should see it yourself. The entrance is free. The first president of the Philippines came from a buena familia... no doubt." - Maria Rona Beltran

Part Photographer: Collin Sarthou Yap 

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