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Cavite Day: 149th Birthday Celebration of Emilio Aguinaldo

March 22 was declared as a Special Non-working day in Cavite, my hometown This is to honor the 149th birth anniversary of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, our country’s first president. We went to Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit to witnessed the said celebration of Aguinaldo Day or also known as Cavite Day. Going to the shrine was easy, the Cavite Tourism provided us a shuttle service all the way to the venue. Honestly,  I’ve been living in Cavite for so many years now, I am shy to admit but this was  my first visit to the shrine.

I don’t know why we never had a field trip to the Aguinaldo Shrine before (sigh!). Anyway, at least I had the chance to explore the shrine with hubby and we even attended the birthday celebration of Emilio Aguinaldo. Sounds cool, right?!

Emilio Aguinaldo
Cavite Provincial Capitol Choir

It was a simple celebration headed by several government officials, the event showcased the province’s rich history and some homegrown talents. They also launched the Emilio Aguinaldo @150 Logo in preparation of Emilio Aguinaldo’s birthday next year.

Emilio Aguinaldo
Coro Regina Coeli

After a sumptuous lunch, we were serenaded with different Cavite chorale groups: Cavite Provincial Capitol Choir, Coro Regina Coeli, Kulturang Salinas, LPU Cavite Harmonic Chorale, DLSU-D Chorale, Kawit Singing Ambassador, Teatro Baile de Cavite and Campus Medley ImusicAcapella. They also had a declamation contest for students about Emilio Aguinaldo’s life.

Emilio Aguinaldo
Lyceum of the Philippines

Emilio Aguinaldo

After the program, Hubby and I took the opportunity to explore the Aguinaldo Shrine. To give you a brief background about our history, this is the place where the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898. This is the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo  which turned into a museum.

Emilio Aguinaldo

The interesting part for me about Emilio Aguinaldo’s house is the secret passages in every room. The guide even narrated that there is a passage in the house which will lead you outside and into the nearby church. I will not list it all here so you can hear it yourself hihi!

Emilio Aguinaldo
Some medicines old bottles
Emilio Aguinaldo
Emilio Aguinaldo’s room
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Dining Area
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The ballroom

The whole house is spacious, elegant and made up of wood. There’s a ceiling in the house that was decorated with the map of the Philippines. They said this is the same ballroom where our independence was declared.

Emilio Aguinaldo

Emilio Aguinaldo was buried at the back of their house. Near it is a Souvenir shop where you can buy some stuffs and Cavite goodies. By the way, entrance to the museum is free.

Emilio Aguinaldo

Emilio Aguinaldo

Emilio Aguinaldo
Goodies from Cavite

Emilio Aguinaldo

Aguinaldo Shrine

Gen. Tirona St. 4104 Kawit, Cavite

Tuesday- Sunday /8:00 AM-12:00 Noon and 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

To know more about Cavite check out the Cavite Tourism Facebook Page.

After your trip to the Aguinaldo Shrine, you may want to check out Stairway Cafe for some snacks.

 

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