The trip from Manila to Kawit, Cavite was quite long, but worth it. I wanted very much to see the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, our first president. I am definitely not a fan of Aguinaldo. But after all, his home was where our country’s independence from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898.
His home has become a museum, and was declared a National Shrine since 1964, the same year that Emilio Aguinaldo died.
The house was built in 1845. Twenty-five years later, Emilio Aguinaldo was born.
The house is 1600 square meters big. It has secret passages, several rooms where political meetings were once held. It has a green garden, where, behind the house, lies Aguinaldo’s marble tomb.
Fotos: Jeanina Santiago, 2005