Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine
Kawit, Cavite, Philippines
This shrine marks the Philippines' most historic window: on June 12, 1898, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo declared the independence of the Philippines, ending the 333 years of Spanish rule. The window, now renovated and converted into the Balcony of Independence, is the centerpiece of the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. The seven-story mansion is a labyrinth of halls and rooms decked with nationalistic tableaus and art nouveau designs, secret passages, hidden storage areas, a bomb shelter, and a 500-meter long tunnel leading to St. Mary Magdalene Church. The ground floor was converted into a museum displaying an extensive collection of personal memorabilia. The tower, the most prominent part of the mansion, provides a sweeping view of Cavite, Manila, and Bataan.
Address: Brgy. Kaingen Kawit , Cavite , Philippines
Hours: Tue - Sun, 8am - 4pm; Open on holidays.
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