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?!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.