Aguinaldo Shrine is the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Republic of the Philippines and is a national shrine. It is a museum that is open to all visitors and located in Kawit, Cavite.
Every year, the Philippine flag is raised here by the president of the country to commemorate Independence day as this was the place where the declaration of Independence from Spain was proclaimed on June 12, 1898.
Earlier today, I joined my kid in his educational tour and the first stop was the Aguinaldo Shrine. Good thing, taking pictures inside the museum is allowed.
The bedrooms of Cristina, Maria and Carmen, daughters of Emilio Aguinaldo forms a part of the family wing of the shrine. Its furnishings and accessories were mainly composed of a mixture from European, Chinese and Filipino styles.
General Aguinaldo called a section of the house the “Balcony of Sinners” as he said that this was the area where military strategies were plotted. The Aguinaldo family said that this was also the place where courtships that led to marriage started.
In General Aguinaldo’s bedroom, secret passageways can be found leading to some parts of the house.
General Emilio Aguinaldo’s tomb can be found at the back of the Aguinaldo Shrine.
How to go to Aguinaldo Shrine
If you are coming from Manila, take the Roxas Boulevard route going to Coastal Road then Cavite Expressway. From Cavite Expressway, exit to Covelandia Road then turn right to Tirona Highway. Go straight the Tirona Highway, you’ll be passing by a Jetti Gas Station in the left and Pag-asa Road. After passing thru Jetti and Pag-asa road, there will be a small bridge, before the end of the bridge, you’ll see the parking entrance of the Aguinaldo Shrine in your left.