The shrine is the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the First Republic of the Philippines. The house was first built in 1845 made from wood and thatch or a craft of building a roof with dry vegetation, and reconstructed in 1849. It was in this home where the general was born on March 22, 1869. The property which is adjacent to a river was expanded to include Aguinaldo Park, a park in front of the house created for the Philippine Centennial celebration of 1998. The park with a long promenade and two long pools complemented the aesthetic beauty of the house. The park is highlighted by a bronze equestrian statue (on horseback) of Aguinaldo set on a marble pedestal.
The house is filled with fine antique furniture and decorated throughout with motifs of the Philippine flag and other national symbols. The building is divided into three sections - the main house on the west side of the building, the family wing on the east, and the tower located in between. The middle section is a five-story tower with a spire at the very top. The mezzanine level on the second floor is sometimes counted as an extra floor. Today, it houses a museum of Aguinaldo’s memorabilia and other historical artifacts. A hologram depicting Aguinaldo during the eve of June 12, 1898 is one of the exhibits. The next level is a mezzanine library which overlooks the grand hall below. A plight of stairs takes the visitor to the Ambassador Room used as a study by the general’s son-in-law, AmbassadorJose Melencio. The next floor is the other bedroom of Aguinaldo which he used during the latter part of his life. A tiled terrace on this level gives a commanding view of the town to as far as Manila.
On display outside the house is Aguinaldo’s personal car, a 1924 Packard limousine. In the middle of the garden behind the house is a marble tomb where the first president is buried.
WATER CAMP RESORT
The Josephine Resort initially featured two swimming pools – one for adults, and the other for children. Soon after, boating, bowling, skating, biking, and horseback riding were the other major come-ons of the restaurant-resort complex. Josephine Resort in the mid-1960’s to 80’s was the destination for school excursions, company outings, and family vacations.After enjoying decades of popularity, Josephine Resort was due for a major facelift. New concepts in water fun for both young and old were the focus of the renovation in 1999. An architect and engineers were commissioned to fit into the resort’s new look the latest trends in water park resorts here and abroad. Christened Water Camp to project the new image, the resort proudly showcased four interconnected swimming activity pools, a 20-room inn and four family villas, and a well-maintained natural fishpond for fishing and boating activities. Water Camp became the freshwater oasis outside Manila. The Fisherman’s Wharf outlet was completed a year after to give the resort’s guests the option to catch and grill their own fish, easily making it one of the most enticing features of the resort. With the newest attractions at the Water Camp Resort, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy; making it the best place to spend a memorable escapade with the family.
ISLAND COVE HOTEL AND LEISURE PARK
Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and an “AAA” accredited resort by the Department of Tourism. Located in the historic town of Kawit, Cavite, this 36-hectare Mediterranean inspired island is only 25 minutes away from Manila; it is accessible from anywhere in the metropolis. Take a drive through the three-lined Roxas Boulevard and pass the scenic Coastal Road. The Island Resort offers a lot of things to do like bowling, mini golf, beach volleyball, fishing, a great ambience for jogging in the morning. Also offers a petting zoo, and paintball area. The existing facilities available to its guests are the Oceania Water Park, the Animal Island, the Bayside Live Music & KTV, the Adventure Zone, the Fishing Village and the Island Spa. Island Cove’s other well-loved trademarks include the outdoor giant chess set, the play ground and Concert Park, just to name a few. Island Cove has been known to be the pioneer in the tourism industry with respect to the introduction of a multitude of attractions that lure both local and foreign visitors.
ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH
St. Mary Magdalene Church in Kawit, Cavite (Parokya ni Santa Maria Magdalena) is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It was initially said to be built of wood as early as 1638 through the help of six Filipino families from the towns of Maragondon and Silang Cavite. The town Kawit which was formerly known as Cavite Viejo during Spanish occupation was frequent by Spanish marines and slowly turned into a “Red Light District” and to help solve the bad reputation of the place Manila Archbishop Miguel Garcia Serrano (1618–1629) ordered to place St. Mary Magdaleneas patroness of the town. Some people and researchers say that it is possible that she may not be the original patron saint of the town since most of the old parishes in Cavite were consecrated to the Virgin Mary. The Church is known for healing and helping resolve personal problems.
The years have tinted the church’s facade with a characteristic patina, prevalent in the brick walls, making the plastered cornices and pilasters that divide the facade stand out to the eye. The facade is otherwise devoid of any flamboyant decorative elements. The first level is marked off by pilasters into vertical bays. The arched main portal dominates the center of the facade, topped by the seal of the church’s patroness represented by two capital letter M’s. Rectangular windows line the second level. The pediment features a central niche which enshrines the statue of Saint Mary Magdalene. A tall bell tower is attached to the left side of the facade and its lower levels are square. These levels have windows on every side. The top level is tapered and octagonal. All of the bell tower’s windows have arched windows marked by ‘ventanilla’ latticework below the sills. The belfry is capped by a metal dome which is in turn topped with a weathervane.
The Church is a favorite location for filming; the music video “Tell the World of His Love” produced for the World Youth Day in 1995 was filmed in the interiors of the church which starred many big stars of the Philippines such as Sharon Cuneta. Recently in 2011 a historical movie entitled “El Presidente” the life of Emilio Aguinaldo was filmed there with Philippine superstar Nora Aunor.
When you visit Kartini Hotel, we take you to a new era of dimension in accommodation with basic comfort and convenience. Experience the all-new contemporary interior that redefines the true meaning of celebrating life through art designs — details, texture, harmony, and elegance in concept.
Something unique about Kartini Hotel is its ambience that blends in the sereneness of landscaped garden where you can just sit, relax, and hangout. A property with limited facilities but offers a wide range of amenities.
Above all these things, our efficient team lets you rediscover hospitality and shares warm smile that is truly Filipino.
Situated along Centennial Road, Barangay Gahak, Kartini Hotel is just few minutes away from Cavite Economic Processing Zone. It is very accessible by air-conditioned buses coming from Manila and other nearby cities in Cavite.
While at Kartini Hotel explore the City of Kawit and discover its heritage and its important role in the history of the Philippines.
An original Kawit tradition that takes place every Christmas Eve, a dramatic retelling of the Virgin Mary and Joseph’s search in bethlehem for a place to stay called “Panunuluyan”. This reenactment happens on the streets of Kawit with different floats depicting different biblical scenes from Adam and Eve up to Mary and Joseph. The “Panunuluyan” takes place in several houses and is done in singing until it reaches the 300 year oldSt. Mary Magdalene Church of Kawit where the Virgin Mary and Joseph are welcomed by angels in a giant “belen” (Nativity Scene) which covers the whole Retablo or Altar of the church. The songs performed by the angels acted by little girls are mostly in Spanish and Tagalog.