The Aguinaldo Shrine, the Philippines National Shrine, is the ancestral house of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the president of the 1st Philippine Republic. This was the place where the proclamation of the Republic of the Philippines was made and where the independence of the Philippines from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898.
To commemorate the event, now known as Araw ng Kalayaan or Independence Day, a national holiday, the Philippine flag is raised here by top government officials on June 12th each year.
The Aguinaldo Shrine is adjacent to the Liwasang Aguinaldo park which was constructed in 1998 for the Philippine Centennial celebration.
This grand mansion in Kawit Cavite was first built in 1845 from wood and thatch. Its design, which features secret passages and hiding places for documents and weapons It is a unique reflection of a period in the country’s history. It was Emilio Aguinaldo’s birthplace and residence until his death at the age of 94.
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