Last June 12, as we celebrate our 113th Independence Day, I did a trip to this old Cavite town.
My journey to Kawit
As I always say, there's nothing greater than a free ride. Manila's LRT and MRT offer free ride every Independence day, so from my place in Sta. Mesa, I reached Baclaran with 0 expense. On regular days, LRT2 from Pureza to Recto then LRT1 from D.Jose to Baclaran would cost P12 and P15. I saved P27, yey.
From Baclaran, I took a bus (Saint Anthony) bound to Cavite City. I told the bus conductor to drop me at Aguinaldo Shrine, unfortunately the road in Kawit was closed to public because of PNoy's visit. He said that he'll drop me somewhere near where I could just ride a trike to the shrine. I paid P25 for the bus ticket and another P9 for the trike.
I reached Aguinaldo Shrine by 9:00 am.
The Town of Kawit
The shrine, however, was closed to public when I came. The Aguinaldos were having a private event inside. I asked the guards when will it open to public again, but he knows nothing. He said it will be closed until the Aguinaldos have gone. I know I can do nothing but wait. So just to kill the time, I decided to tour the town of Kawit.
What I thought first was food, I was very hungry for not eating breakfast. Then I remembered my friends telling me that there's a famous "tapsihan" in town, the "Hidden Tapsihan".
In search for this "hidden" tapsihan, I passed by their old church. I have a thing for old churches so I quickly grabbed my cam and captured almost every angle.
|the Church of Kawit|
|inside the church|
I continued my search for the "Hidden Tapsihan", asked the people for directions. They told me to walk straight the Mascardo street until I reach a red signboard, so I did. Literally hidden, you will have to enter first an "eskinita" before you reach it. I ordered tapsilog (P65.00), the taste is good enough for a hungry traveler.
|Hidden Tapsihan's signboard on Mascardo Street|
Across the shrine is the Aguinaldo Park. A bronze monument of General Emilio Aguinaldo riding a horse stands in the middle, around him are walls with engraved copies of the Declaration, signatures of people involved and some other letters. I waited for an hour and a half under a tent. They finally opened the shrine 15 minutes before 1 pm.
|Gen Aguinaldo's monument at the park|
The Aguinaldo Shrine
There's no entrance fee, everyone is welcome to travel back in history.
|the markers at the entrance to the shrine|
|Gen. Aguinaldo's Tomb|
|the historic balcony, where Gen. Aguinaldo unfurled the Philippine Flag|
Displayed on the ground floor are a lot of pictures, dioramas, and memorabilia. His house is also famous for its secret tunnels and passages. It is said that there is one leading to the altar of the Church of Kawit.
|a tunnel located at the ground floor|
|Gen Aguinaldo's bust|
|Gen. Aguinaldo's bedroom, it i said that this room has a lot of secret passages leading to different parts of the house and different parts of Kawit|
|some details of the ceiling|