Before heading back to Makati from a day’s trip in Cavite, we passed by the historic Aguinaldo Shrine.
The Aguinaldo Shrine is the site of the proclamation of Philippine Independence. From the marker:
“On June 12, 1898, Philippine independence was proclaimed from the center window of the original hous of the family of General Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy, President of the First Philippine Republci and leader of the revolution against Spain and America. Through the reading of the Acta de la Proclamacipon de la Independencia del Pueblo Filipino by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista. During this occasion, the Philippine flag made in HOngkong by Dona Marcela Mariano de Agoncillo was officially unfurled as the band of San Francisco de Malabon proudly played the March Nacional Filipina (now the Philippine National anthem) composed by Julian Felipe.
“This historical marker is installed by the grateful Filipino people in observance of the centennial of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. Unveiled by his Excellency President FIdel Valdez Ramos on June 122, 1998.”
Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s Car which was restored by the Philippine Motor Association and Vintage Car Club of the Philippines. From the display:
- 1924 Single Six Packard Model 226 seven passenger limousine
- 264.4 cu. in. engine displacement
- 3.3’8 x 5 in bore stroke
- 55hp @ 2,700 rpm
- 4.8 compression ratio
The house of General Aguinaldo which was built in 1849. This was where he was born March 22, 1869. The center balcony infront of the road was where he proclaimed Philippine independence.
Lateral view of the Aguinaldo House.
The tomb of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, first President of the Philippine Republic.
From the marker:
General Emilio Aguinaldo (1869 – 1964)
“First President of the Republic of the Philippines, 1899 – 1901, and leader of the Filipino People in the revolution against Spanish rule, 1896 – 1898 and the Filipino – American War, 1899 – 1901. Born March 22, 1869, Kawit, Cavite. Became Municipal Captain of Kawit. INducted into Masonry and initiated into the Katipunan under his chosen name, Magdalo, 1895. Led in the capture of Kawit, Imus, Bacoor and other towns in Cavite during the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution in 1896. His military victoriesprovided prestige which led to his election, in absentia, as president of the First Revolutionary Government during the Tejeros convention on March 22, 1897. Went to self-exile in Hongkong in accordance with the Pact of Biak-na-Bato and forged an alliance with the United States of America to overthrow Spanish rule in the Philippines. Returned from Hongkong, May 19, 1898 and resumed the struggle for freedom. Proclaimed Philippine independence on JUne 12, 1898 at Kawit. On this occassion the Philippine national flag made in Hongkong by Dona Marcela de Agoncillo was officially unfurled and the Marcha Nacional which became the Philippine National Anthem was played publicly for the first time. Convened the Revolutionary Congress in Malolos, Bulacan, September 15, 1898. Led the Filipino forces during the Filipino – American war and was captured in Palanan, Isabela on March 23, 1901.
Died at the Veteran’s Memorial Hospital, Quezon City, February 6, 1964.”
The monument located in from of the Shrine.