Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine | Things to do in Kawit-Cavite
|Open:||Tue - Sun, 8am - 5pm; open on holidays.|
|Address:||Brgy. Bisita, Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite|
Battle of Binakayan Monument commemorates the first decisive victory of Filipino revolutionaries against Spanish colonial forces on November 9-11, 1896. The monument features metal sculptures of the battle's most celebrated heroes, including Emilio Aguinaldo, Candido Tirona, and Gregoria Montoya. Tirona and Montoya both died in combat. Gregoria was hailed as the Joan of Arc of the Philippine Revolution. The battle, a two-fold encounter that simultaneously took place in Binakayan in Kawit and Dalahican in Noveleta, pitted about 20,000 Spanish troops against more than 100,000 Filipino fighters. Outnumbered and overwhelmed by strong counterattacks, the Spaniards suffered heavy casualties and had to retreat. The victory held off Spanish control over Cavite and strengthened Aguinaldo's leadership position in the Katipunan. It also boosted morale and inspired more Filipinos to join the fight for independence.
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.
The local foundry is an old and diminishing trade in Kawit but Germana Santulan manages to keep it alive with her family-owned pandayan or blacksmith shop. Operating at the back of her house in Barangay Kaingen, the shop still makes knives and blades (P100-400/piece) in basically the same way it was done in the 19th century.
Foundries, once a thriving local industry, produced swords, bolos, and machetes that were used by Filipino fighters during the Philippine Revolution. Santulan still keeps two swords with metal hilts that she said has been around for a long time, possibly even dating back to the Spanish period. A mere five-minute walk from the Aguinaldo Shrine, the pandayan remains a living part of Kawit’s historical narrative.
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Experience this ultimate Caviteño food tour with no other than Cavite’s long-time food historian, Ige Ramos! Stops include heirloom restaurants and major historical landmarks and museums that made Cavite “The historical capital of the Philippines.”
The Dessert Museum is 8 mouthwatering rooms of sugar-filled happiness. This is the only museum you’ll ever slide into! Follow our Candy Rabbits through our Donut Hole and slip down our sprinkle slide into the most magical food-filled fantasy you will ever experience. Choose your path through our Candy Cane Groves or go Cotton Candy Picking in our sweetly enchanted forest. The adventure is just beginning!
As you slide, jump, play, and swing through The Dessert Museum, prepare to explore uniquely themed rooms tailored to each dessert, creating a one-of- a-kind tasting experience. We aspire to provoke the imagination by featuring popular desserts in fun, creative, and Instagrammable rooms. These rooms are not only for pictures; they also contain ultra-cool facts about our sweet after-dinner past times.
The Dessert Samples
Every dessert we feature is carefully selected, from hand-made artisanal chocolates to our fairy-dusted cotton candy! Sweet-tooths beware you are in for a sugar overdose!
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Where to stay
Golden Oasis Hotel is dedicated to quality accommodations and good customer service, it is located in Molino 4 and accessible choice of resting and overnight accommodation for business and leisure activities for those frequenting or visiting Cavite. Offers security and sanctuary at very affordably rates on a per set number of hour basis. The hotel can also be easily accessible thru local PUJ's and Vans.
Candi Dasa Resort is a relaxing getaway situated in Brgy. Santol, Tanza, Cavite which is about an hour and a half drive from Manila via Coastal Road and Cavitex. Surrounded by nature, its laidback and serene ambiance allows the guests to relax and unwind from the pressure of life's daily routine and activities. Swimming in the adult and kiddie pool is irresistible especially at night with the color-changing lights. Several amenities such as videoke and playground are also provided for more enjoyment. So come visit us and we guarantee that you'll have a great time.
Getting there and around
Brgy. Bisita, Binakayan, Kawit, CaviteGet directions