Historical mini-field trip at Aguinaldo Shrine

My memory of Aguinaldo Shrine is quite faint since the last time I visited this place was back when I was 12. Since I lived in the North, this seemed like a faraway place tucked in Kawit, Cavite reachable only after a long and gruelling ride. Little did I know that it is so near Las Pinas where I currently reside and accessible with Cavitex.

Just a trip down memory lane, the Aguinaldo Shrine is a very important part of our history. It is not only the home of the First President of the Philippine Republic but this is where the independence of our country was declared over a century ago.

Some of my favourite observation and learnings from our mini-field trip to the Shrine include:

1. President Emilio Aguinaldo was a very strategic man. This was something you can see on how he designed his home. Every nook and cranny has its purpose. If not for storage, it was made as a secret passage to keep the family safe from attack. After all, this was the time of the revolution and a man (especially one of his stature) can never be too careful.

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2. He sure had style. From his signature white ensemble to his choice of shoes, I can say that the President had it in him.

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He wore these “Ang Tibay” shoes – some lovely brogues, double monk strap and a Toms-looking pair.

3. He owned and loved books. He had LOTS of them.

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What you have to read if you want to be President.

4. He was a survivor. He did not only survive the war, he was also a force to reckon with even by infections and complications. Apparently, President Aguinaldo had appendicitis but after his operation, he was still complaining of something hurting from the inside. When they cut him open, they found out that gauze was left inside during the initial operation.

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That’s it, that little bottle at the bottom.

5. He was born at the shrine and his remains were interred at the shrine as well. That is him going full circle.

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At the back of his own home, our president lies peacefully.

Aguinaldo Shrine is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They have very accommodating guides who can share with you more fascinating stories when you pay a visit. What’s more fascinating is that there is NO entrance fee so feel free to bring your family, especially the kids here. I hope you can just drop a donation since we need historical sites like these to be preserved for the generations to come.

Husband’s Dirty Thirty Birthday!

My husband officially hits the 30 mark this year! Woohoo! How time flies! I knew him when he was still this lanky dude throwing those silly grins at me, how was I to know that we’ll end up together? Haha! Anyway, I am not really a person who loves throwing surprises. I guess I was never the sweet type. Poor husband! However, since being 30 is such a milestone and this is also his first birthday as a married man, I wanted to make it extra special. So I planned to surprise him with a party. Since he loves casual get together with friends, his party had to be chill.

I didn’t go through the hassle of looking for a place, I knew I wanted to do it at the newly built Shawarma Snack Center in El Grande Arcade, BF Homes Paranaque. It was spacious, al fresco and we love the food. I immediately contacted their office to inquire. I was initially assisted by the owner’s daughter, Fats, who was super helpful. Then, Mrs. Sarmiti, the owner herself came in to the picture and I must say, she was the one who did all the magic. I had little time to organize the party (aka: plan a program, do some DIY, etc). All I knew was to link it to Basketball hence the following:

1. Basketball themed cupcake c/o SSC with toppers downloaded from here.

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Thanks again to Mrs. Sarmiti for preparing these goodies for us! She and her team even volunteered to be the ones to stick the toppers themselves.

2. Cake and basketball cookies from Darling Cupcake Philippines. They are located at Veraville Homes, Talon 3 Las Piñas. Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

It’s Php 1,250 for an 8-inch fondant cake and cookies are P25 each. I think the price is reasonable enough for a customized cake. I was able to try the chocolate cake. The design looks good although the details can get better. It was also a bit dry, perhaps because I was able to try it the following day already? Maybe.

3. Customized Buntings and orange balloons from Party Options. They are located at 47 Gloria Diaz Street, BF Resort Village, Las Piñas.

I just gave Lorraine, the owner, directions on the theme and what I want printed on the buntings. She sent me the design for me to approve before they proceeded with printing. Design is 3 patterns alternating for each flag. Size is 4 x 4.5″ and comes with a string already.
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 My advice is to make it a little bigger next time. I think it was quite small, especially for an outdoor event without the bright lights. They also don’t have helium-inflated balloons. Apparently, there’s a scarcity of vendors these days.

For the menu, we had sumptuous dinner consisting of:

  • Kebab
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Beef Tenderloin
  • Pasta
  • Fried Rice
  • Chili Sambusa
  • Sizzling Shawarma
  • Arabic Bread
  • Motabal
  • Green Salad
  • Hommous

Gee, the owners were so generous, helpful and went beyond what I asked for. They were so much willing to help me with my (limited) props, the set-up and the food! They were indeed heaven sent!  I definitely recommend Shawarma Snack Center so if you are interested to book it for your events, call +632 478 4667 for their packages.

Things went according to plan except for the fact that the surprise didn’t end up as a surprise! Hahaha! Please, if you are planning to do this, take note of these things:

  1. Ask your in-laws (or those whose cars your husband knows very well) to NOT park in front, let alone at the center of of the venue for him to see.
  2. Tell the crew, especially the overzealous guards NOT to tell all guests that there’s a surprise party going on. The next thing you know, he’s telling this to the celebrant himself.

Even with this little mishap, I had so much fun and more importantly, my husband loved his party with all his loved ones there 🙂 So, I think I’m gradually becoming to be a sweet wife. Teehee!