Located along Tirona Highway in Kawit, Cavite, is the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine, known as the site for the Declaration of Philippine Independence. It was built in 1845, making it a 170-year-old mansion at the time of this blog’s publishing. Aside from it’s rich background, this mansion holds secret passages and escape routes, hidden compartments in cabinets and shelves, which add proof of its role in revolutionary history.
Located at the ground floor is a museum with and a miniature bowling alley which was the first in the Philippines.
On the second floor are the bedrooms, the grand hall, the dining room and kitchen. Most of the furniture are varnished in Philippine hardwood that are the hard-to-find and expensive kind these days.
Gen. Aguinaldo called the patio as the “Balcony of Sinners” where the Revolutionaries planned their strategies.
The dining table with a secret — it’s size and heavy weight act as a camouflage while it serves as an entrance to a tunnel leading to a church.
After touring the shrine, we decided to have refreshments on the way back via Bacoor route…
There is no entrance fee but donations are highly appreciated. I was quite impressed with the place; the house and grounds were well-maintained.
When to visit: Open Tuesday to Sunday, 8am-4pm, March to June are the perfect months with not much visitors from school field trips.