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A little field trip to Aguinaldo Shrine

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More than just being the location where the Philippine Independence Declaration was first read, this mansion reflected a distinctive period in history. Its structure — with its secret passages, hidden compartments and camouflaged shelves showed how the revolutionary dedication encompass even the comfort and sanctity of Filipino homes at the turn of the century.

The shrine is the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the First Republic of the Philippines, and it was here that Philippine independence from Spain was proclaimed from a window of the home on June 12, 1898 and was declared a national shrine in June 1964 shortly after the death of General Emilio Aguinaldo.

Since then, it has become a museum and right now, I am touring the place with you. Enjoy!

One of the mansion’s secret passages

 

 

The house interiors are a collector’s dream: four poster canopied beds, an armoire, loveseats with inlaid ivory, Vienna rocking chairs and China cabinets.

Most of these are of varnished Philippine hardwood, the kind that, in this day and age, is either rare or too expensive. Furniture, and even pillars and doorways, are carved ornately in varied styles: rococo, baroque, and Gothic.

Emilio Aguinaldo’s famous Packard limousine

 

He was laid to rest in the back lawn

 

HOW TO GET THERE:

 

  • From Alabang, go straight towards Zapote.
  • When you reach the end of the Alabang-Zapote Road, take the fly-over.
  • Stay on the left side and look for a U-turn slot. Take the U-turn slot and swerve towards the right side.
  • You will see a right turn slot just before the start of the fly-over. Turn right here. This is a two-way lane.
  • Proceed towards the Coastal Road and turn left towards Aguinaldo Hi-Way.
  • Go straight until you reach the SM Bacoor.
  • Turn right until you reach the bridge.
  • Turn right on the first street after the bridge and go straight until you reach in intersection.
  • Turn right towards Kawit, Cavite.
  • Turn right again until you see the Aguinaldo Shrine.

 

Kindly contributed by Jaycelle Playda of Multirational Corporation and Dollhouse Diary

Photography by Brian Sahagun , documentary photographer at A Stormy Sky
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