Our first destination was the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. It’s actually the first time I get to visit this place. This is like the Malacanang Palace – the residence of the first President of the Republic of the Philippines, who is Emilio Aguinaldo.
|Aguinaldo Shrine Signage|
|The balcony where Emilio Aguinaldo declared the First Philippine Republic on June 12, 1898|
Emilio Aguinaldo belonged to a rich family during his time and it shows in the kind of big home they have. The bedrooms, the sala and dining room are big and contained pieces of narra furniture.
The ceilings also have very intricate designs. And, there’s also a swimming pool in the basement of the house.
|Ceiling design in the sala|
|Ceiling design in the dining room|
|Ceiling design above the balcony|
In the huge backyard of Aguinaldo’s house are their kulahan – their old-fashioned washing machine, a cannon and Aguinaldo’s mausoleum. The tour guide also pointed out that the chico tree in the garden, which has fruits on them when we visited, is actually the favorite fruit of Emilio Aguinaldo.
|A big metal pot with lotus|
|Vintage real cannon|
At the end of the tour, we checked out the mini-store they have. There’s a really nice miniature replica of Aguinaldo’s house.
|Miniature replica of Aguinaldo's House|