The Aguinaldo Shrine is the national shrine located in the town of Kawit, Cavite where the independence of the Philippines from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898. I've seen this only in pictures several times and passed by this imposing building once when I went to the other parts of Cavite several years back. Now I had the chance of unlimited time to visit this historical place which turned out to be a time travel back to the 19th century. The Aguinaldo Mansion which covers 14,000 square feet in floor area, is the focus of the Shrine. It houses the Museum at the ground floor and a setting of an affluent Filipino home containing old furniture and nationalistic symbols at the second floor. One thing which amazes anyone would be the secret doors and hiding places which used to contain documents and weapons connected with the revolution against the Spanish authorities and the famous balcony where the flag of the Philippines was waved by General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the country. Other interesting features are the water heater, large medicine cabinet, bowling alley and swimming pool. Outside the mansion is the marble tomb of General Aguinaldo, lush greenery, a souvenir shop and Aguinaldo's car, a 1924 Packard limousine. Two more plus : its free admission and guided tour around the mansion
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