one of our little plans has been cross out off the list — to have a little field trip at Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. B and I had our very first visit to the place probably when we were in grade school as part of our educational field trip. Lately we yearn to re-visit this historical place.
Needless to say, we had a sumptuous lunch at the white house prepared by Tita Vilma before making our way to the shrine. Thanks for this delicious lunch, Tita! *burp*
More than just being the location where the Philippine Independence Declaration was first read, this mansion reflected a distinctive period in history. Its structure — with its secret passages, hidden compartments and camouflaged shelves showed how the revolutionary dedication encompass even the comfort and sanctity of Filipino homes at the turn of the century.
The shrine is the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the First Republic of the Philippines, and it was here that Philippine independence from Spain was proclaimed from a window of the home on June 12, 1898 and was declared a national shrine in June 1964 shortly after the death of General Emilio Aguinaldo.
The house interiors are a collector’s dream: four poster canopied beds, an armoire, loveseats with inlaid ivory, Vienna rocking chairs, and China cabinets.
Most of these are of varnished Philippine hardwood, the kind that, in this day and age, is either rare or too expensive. Furniture, and even pillars and doorways, are carved ornately in varied styles: rococo, baroque, and Gothic.
Photo credits: Brian Sahagun