Aguinaldo Shrine

Tirona Highway, Kawit, Cavite

Aguinaldo Shrine
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Lyn F.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Franz D.
5.0 Stars

Being one of Cavite’s top Historical Place to visit. Being a shrine wherein the Independence was declared, it is also an ancestral house of the late First President Emilio Aguinaldo. It is open everyday except Mondays and it has no fee whatsoever. If you're lucky, there are several interns who will tour guide you for free. The house is a museum itself showing the lives of the Aguinaldos and more of the Philippine History. Truly it is one of the must see places here in Cavite. Drop by if you can! 128522

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Marjorie G.
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The Aguinaldo Shrine is arguably the most popular tourist destination in Kawit, Cavite. Not only is it the ancestral house of Emilio Aguinaldo, it was also the setting of the declaration of the Philippine Independence from the Spanish colonizers. That famous raising and waving of flag depicted on history books happened in the balcony of this house.

It’s a sprawling 14,000 square feet (1,300 m2) mansion that was designed by Aguinaldo himself. One part of the house was turned into a museum that showcases memorabilia of Aguinaldo including his military medals, uniforms, weapons, gifts from the different foreign dignitaries and heads of states, portraits, and dioramas depicting events from the revolution.

The most interesting thing that I saw in the museum is the bomb shelter. It was originally a short well with an underground tunnel that leads to the church. Later on, it was turned into a shelter by the civilians seeking refuge from the war.

The tour continued in the main house, which has some interesting features, such as secret rooms and doors, and secret compartments where they used to hide weapons. It even has its own hospital where they tended to the wounded.

The bedrooms that the family used are still intact. Each one of the Aguinaldo children has their own bedrooms. Out of the three girls, the biggest one belonged to Emilio’s favorite daughter, Carmen.

Not everyone could check out the nook and cranny of this house so we were the privileged ones, thanks to Fundacion Santiago. We were able to check the rooms even those that are off-limits to the public like Aguinaldo’s library.

Inside Aguinaldo’s room is a furniture that looks like an ordinary closet. The guide explained that it was in fact, a secret place of Aguinaldo. If he didn’t want to be disturbed by anyone, he would just enter this closet. Inside this closet is a peephole where he could check the people who are coming in his room.

The house reaches up to the 7th floor where you can find the attic. The attic offers an outstanding bird-eye view of Kawit. The guide said that this is where the snipers stayed hidden during the war. My curiosity took me as far as climbing up the attic, a decision I almost regretted when I started feeling faint. It was a knee-shaking experience, nevertheless, I’m glad I made the climb lest I wouldn’t have seen the beautiful view from the top.

By touring the house, you will realize just how affluent the Aguinaldos are during that era. They have a pantry where they store their food, the bathrooms have bidets even bathtubs, the bedrooms are big and spacious, their cooking stove and the ice box are bigger than those that we’ve seen at the Baldomero’s, they have a swimming pool, a grand hall, and a big laundry area.

Emilio Aguinaldo is buried in his own backyard.

Indeed, the Aguinaldo Shrine does not only offer a glimpse of a significant chapter in the Philippine history, but also a look into the life of the most influential family in Cavite during that period.

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Julie E.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Hosea I.
4.0 Stars

His house was full of secret passageways, which is a cool thing for me. He had also an indoor swimming pool, and big bedrooms for him and his family. He almost had everything (duh, because he's the President of the First Republic of the Philippines??? What do you expect??) 🙄🙄🙄128514128514128514

Too bad we can't play the piano, but it was still a good experience so far because we got to see Aguinaldo's actual clothing, shoes, canes, pins and even his presidential sash.

And oh, did you know his house also had a duckpin bowling alley? It would be seen easily as you enter the museum.

No more comments regarding history because I might say things that might sound different. 128514128514128517128517

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Bhenmar L.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Eunice S.
5.0 Stars

My memory of Aguinaldo Shrine is quite faint since the last time I visited this place was back when I was 12. Since I lived in the North, this seemed like a faraway place tucked in Kawit, Cavite reachable only after a long and gruelling ride. Little did I know that it is so near Las Pinas where I currently reside and accessible with Cavitex.

Aguinaldo Shrine is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They have very accommodating guides who can share with you more fascinating stories when you pay a visit. What’s more fascinating is that there is NO entrance fee so feel free to bring your family, especially the kids here. I hope you can just drop a donation since we need historical sites like these to be preserved for the generations to come.

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Jacque B.
5.0 Stars

We drop by to this place just for my son's own field trip. Whenever we have our family getaway, we see to it that we will go to a historical place like this one.

The residence of the Philippine Republic's first President, Emilio Aguinaldo. This is where the Philippine flag was formally unfurled and the Philippine National Anthem was first sang for the Declaration of Independence from Spain in June 12, 1898.

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Sandy T.
5.0 Stars

We enjoyed our short visit at Aguinaldo's residence (shame on me that i am a caviteña and it was like just 3 yrs ago when i had the chance to visit this place).

Well maintained with friendly guides 128522128077

Photos grabbed from a friend. Thanks Alah for the great shots.

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Bernie R.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Loty S.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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AL C.
4.0 Stars

This place is written on all Phil History Books
First seen with Phil flag proudly raised

They light it on Holidays!

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Bernie R.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Ismelina C.
3.0 Stars

Aguinaldo Shrine is a must see because of its importance in Philippine history.

Last Christmas season the Aguinaldo house was in lights, and it was just not your ordinary lights. It was electrifying, sparkly, and awesome. Their lights show lasted almost 20 minutes telling a story of how Christmas is spent in Kawit, Cavite.

Then there was a tiangge of sellers of food, clothes and whatever--and litter all over the plaza. It's really the disappointing aspect of the place during that time, but its more of a discipline issue in ourselves really.

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