On September 24, our students have piled into service buses to visit a number educational institutions which includes a historical site, science lab, and a couple of learning and entertainment parks. The aim is to bring the children out of their routines and provide the opportunity for meaningful and exciting educational experiences. A hands-on learning that would increase their motivation for learning.
Our outbound tour resulted in the kids’ greater appreciation, respect, and awareness for the institutions that was visited. The trip have imparted better understandings and introduced interest and care for social and civic subjects.
Our first stop was the Aguinaldo Shrine — the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the the Philippine Republic. The house is where the independence of the Philippines from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898.
Today, the establishment serves as a museum that keeps our country’s glorious past alive. The place is well-visited especially by students. The Aguinaldo Shrine takes back visitors to the turn of the century era when Katipuneros struggled for our freedom and independence from Spain. General Emilio Aguinaldo and a lot of Filipino heroes laid their lives and properties in the name of liberty. The Aguinaldo Shrine is one of the many outfits that will remind our youth to look back and appreciate the sacrifices that our forefathers have done for us.
A Historical Marker was installed at the Shrine on June 12, 1998, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
On February 6, 1964, General Emilio Aguinaldo died at the age of 94 at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Quezon City. June 18 on that year, the government — through Republic Act of 4039 signed by President Diosdado Macapagal — declared the house as a National Shrine.
The Aguinaldo House is divided into three sections – the main house on the west side, family wing on the east, and the mid-section where a five-story tower with a spire at the very top is situated.
The ground floor is where the museum of Aguinaldo’s memorabilia and other historical artifacts is set. A hologram depicting some scenes from the June 12, 1898 occasion welcomes visitors.
The house is mostly made of precious Philippine hardwoods — materials which are rarely used today if not prohibited by the government. The furniture, pillars and doorways, are outlined in florid decorations.
The Grand Hall is where Aguinaldo and his men usually held their meetings or private gatherings. The room is witness to so many significant state decisions and resolutions. It opens to the “historic window” where the first Philippine flag was waved at the Declaration of Independence.
Hovering over the dining room is a Relief map of the Philippines.
The well-polished bedrooms of the Aguinaldo daughters Cristina, Maria and Carmen. Fully furnished in the fashion of turn-of-the-century Europe.
A giant flag pole from Luneta rules the lawn at the Aguinaldo shrine. They say the size of the brass on top of it is equal to the size of a basketball.
General Emilio Aguinaldo’s resting place.
The Aguinaldo Shrine tops our lists of destination for this educational tour. This is for our students to know our country and rich history better. The foremost reason why we are where we are right now.