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Information about Aguinaldo Shrine

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Type
Tourist Attraction
Location
Aguinaldo Shrine, Kawit, Cavite, Philippines
Opening Hours
Monday: Closed; Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Sunday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Distance From City Center
66 m
Family Friendly
Yes
Established date
1,845
Average rating
4.8
Number of reviews
1,344

Aguinaldo Shrine

Emilio F. Aguinaldo Shrine, located in Kawit, Cavite, is one of the most iconic and historic landmarks in the country. The shrine is the ancestral mansion of the first president of the Philippines, General Emilio F. Aguinaldo. Known as the House of History, this is where the Philippine Independence was declared by President Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898. The Philippine flag was first waved in public from a window of the grand hall.

The national anthem of the country was also played for the first time during the declaration of independence. Aguinaldo donated the mansion to the government "to perpetuate the spirit of the Philippine Revolution of 1896 that put an end to Spanish colonization of the country". The house was made a National Shrine by the government after Aguinaldo's death in 1964.

 

House of Elegance and Patriotism

The mansion is situated along Camino Real, Kawit's most important road, which signifies that the Aguinaldo family is part of the ruling class. At the entrance of the house, one can immediately notice the bowling alley which also signifies that the Aguinaldos lived an elegant lifestyle. The house was first built in 1845 with nipa and thatch and reconstructed in 1849 with limestone and hardwood. Renovations started when it was handed over to the government. In 1919, the symbolic balcony was constructed. This is where the Philippine President is seen waving the flag every June 12.

 

Freedom Park

1998 marked the centennial celebration of the Philippine Independence. As part of the celebration, the Aguinaldo Park or Freedom Park was built to expand the mansion's complex and to extend its longevity. To this day, the park includes the actual mansion (which houses the Aguinaldo Museum), the bronze statue of Aguinaldo in front of it and the garden at the back where Aguinaldo's tomb is located.