Exactly 115 years ago, Andres Bonifacio lost in the game of politics in the First Philippine Republic. After being tried with treason and sedition by an unjust military court that was manipulated by Aguinaldo's men, the Supremo and his brother were tragically executed somewhere in the mountains of Maragondon.
Our journey to Maragondon, Cavite more than a month ago aimed to trace the final trail of Andres Bonifacio. Part of this heritage tour is the Bonifacio Trial House, Bonifacio Shrine in Nagpatong, Mt. Buntis, as well as the old Maragondon Church which is a National Cultural Treasure.
The Historical Mountain
For a very long time, almost all history books tell that Andres Bonifacio fell in the hands of a Lazaro Macapagal on Mt. Buntis. The Bonifacio brothers were shot (sabi pa nga tumakas pa daw si Andres pero nahabol pa rin) and were buried at the foot of this mountain. But until now, many historians doubts this claim. some say that the execution took place in Mt. Nagpatong and not on Mt. Buntis
|view from the summit of Mt. Buntis|
A shrine dedicated to Andres Bonifacio was built on the foot of Mt. Nagpatong (a neighboring mountain of Mt. Buntis). We visited this shrine after we climbed up Mt. Buntis. Thanks to Kuya Freddie, the man we met at the summit of Mt. Buntis, for guiding our way to this shrine. I'm telling you, reaching the shrine from Mt. Buntis wasn't easy, its trail is very confusing (getting a guide is highly recommended).
This old Church of Maragondon was built by the Jesuits in 1618. It boasts its colonial architecture and intricately carved wooden door. In 2001, this church was designated as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum.
|a National Cultural Treasure|
|this wooden door has an intricate carving|
|the church is under a major renovation, this centuries old edifice is being covered with a white plaster - their way of preserving the old structure.|
The Trial House
A few walk from the church is this old house where Bonifacio and his brother Procopio were unjustly tried. Owned by Teodorico Reyes, it was a house built in 1889.
|life-sized statues depicting the actual scene 115 years ago.|