As part of the two-day first birthday moment of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Philippines Chapter Conference last August 21-22, 2009, we visited the historic Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite.
Since the Conference will be adjourning at the LDS Chapel in Dasmarinas, Cavite for a taste of fresh, cool air and a magnificent view and bounty of blessing of the country side, I thought it would be good to bring the delegates to something historic along the way. The choice of the site came in easy for me as the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the First Anniversary Conference of the Law Society. Aguinaldo Shrine was the single handed runaway pick because there is no need to make prior arrangement for the visit, it is free of charge and it is really very historic.
The Aguinaldo Shrine is the site of the proclamation of Philippine Independence last June 12, 1898. The flag was raised from the center window of the original house of the family of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the President of the First Philippine Republic and the leader of the revolution against Spain and America. This house was built in 1849.
At the tomb of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo
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 victories provided 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.”
Inside the Museum of Aguinaldo Shrine