If the first floor of Aguinaldo’s Mansion allows you to learn about the history (thanks to Mr Boulevard for explaining everything in details for us), the second floor will somehow take you back in time! Just in case you are wondering why Aguinaldo’s descendants were no long residing in this mansion , it is because Aguinaldo turned over his mansion and a portion of the garden to the government on June 12, 1963 ( almost a year before his death). This is to perpetuate the spirit of the Philippine Revolution of 1896. It was soon declared as National Shrine and a National Treasure few months after the president died at the age of 94. The second floor will feature those well preserved rooms and furniture.
The architecture here is more like inspired from Baroque and Gothic styles which is more likely influenced by Spanish and American during their colonial period. We were warmly welcomed by Mr Valer Velez on the second floor but allow us to freely explore the mansion without any tour guide and we do not think it is really necessary since there are written infos in every room. The bedrooms of Aguinaldo’s daughters can be found on the left wing.
Aguinaldo’s Canes displayed on the corridor
A “White and Blue” Filipiñana dress displayed on one of Aguindaldo’s Daughter room (just kidding it’s Black and Gold LOL)
Aguinaldo’s Daughter room
An old family portrait
Ang “Tibay Shoes” worn by Aguinaldo. Tibay Shoes is a brand of shoe founded by Toribio Teodoro
I can’t help myself but to adore this vintage cabinet
Yes, even the bathroom was displayed on public.
The left wing of the mansion will lead you to this balcony. Interestingly, they called it as the Balcony of Sinners. The General playfully named this place as such because it was where the revolutionaries plotted the military strategies.
An old telephone hanging in one of the Capiz windows.
The view outside the window
My Lil brother ^_^
Another view from the window showing the garden, the ground floor and the south wing of the mansion
The master’s bedroom. Interestingly, there is also a lot secret passages in this room. The wall where the hats were placed is a secret passage towards this room.
There is also a secret exit door behind the closet and another secret passage that will take you to the swimming pool.
The dining hall.
In the Small reception room lies a vintage radio that is still playing while you explore the mansion. It will surely make you feel that you are taken back in time. Here’s a video.
Somehow haunting for me haha
The mansion has decorated ceilings. This one shows the eight rayed sun which is called the Inang Pilipinas (Mother Philippines).
Another table with picture frames on it.
Another interesting design on the ceiling.
An old piano
The ceiling on the formal dining room is a woodcarved image of the Philippine archipelago
The formal dining room
The vintage cabinet containing some Chinaware
The dirty kitchen. They said that under the table is another secret passage.
The stairs towards the next floor but is not accessible for public viewing.
Hallway towards the exit.
The small swimming pool
Well, this concludes my trip to Aguinaldo Shrine. Hope you all enjoyed it. In case you want to visit the place here are guide.
How to Get to Aguinaldo Shrine
From Coastal, ride a bus bound to Cavite City or Naic Cavite since they both have the same route. Once you get to the Kawit Loop Road, you’ll find the mansion immediately.