In the afternoon of the 3rd day of the year 2013, I joined several bloggers going to Kawit, Cavite for the Kawit Christmas Light and Sound Show. We got to the venue faster than I expected it to be, having passed the roads of Cavitex. Hence, we had the chance to roam around the grounds of the Aguinaldo Shrine and also got to know the man who lived in it.
While waiting for everyone to arrive, we had the chance to roam around the Aguinaldo Shrine, including the backyard of Aguinaldo’s ancestral house.Then the tour started, where we were shown Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s office and memorabilia… We also went inside the house, where we explored the living area and the various rooms of the house where the first President of the Philippines lived, and this is where one gets a glimpse of who Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo is as a person.
Judging from what can be seen inside the Aguinaldo Shrine, the Aguinaldo’s are well-off. Just a look at all the furniture, fixtures and decors, you’ll know these pieces cannot be afforded by an ordinary person or family.
Gen. Aguinaldo and his family has impeccable taste. The house is adorned with beautiful pieces that appeals even to the current generation with discriminating taste.Looking up, I saw how Gen. Aguinaldo has that keen attention to detail. Even the ceilings are well-adorned. His sense of patriotism is also evident.The Aguinaldo Shrine is where the independence of the Philippines from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898. That fateful day is now commemorated as Araw ng Kalayaan or the Philippine Independence Day. And although it is a national holiday where the Philippine flag raised annually at this location every June 12th, very little is known about the man who lived in this ancestral house. We might not be able to read more about him, but we can certainly visit this house which is now a museum. And the good thing is, there’s no entrance fee to tour the entire place.
Last, but certainly not the least, we witnessed the Christmas Light and Sound Show for everyone’s enjoyment. We were told that a bazaar was built in the park during the Christmas season, and many came to witness the show. The mood of the place became festive as Christmas songs were played in synch with the Christmas lights.