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Every Filipino knows the venue that produced the iconic photo of the Philippine flag being waved for the first time in 1898: The Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, a location many would recognize. Many believe that the building’s balcony was where the flag was first waved. But did you know, there was no balcony in 1898? The flag was waved from a living room window with the Philippine Declaration of Independence read to the tune of the national anthem. The balcony was actually later added in 1919 to mark the site of the Declaration of Independence. Built in 1845, it was the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first and youngest president of the Philippine Republic. The multi-level structure spans over 14,000 square feet in size. Aguinaldo had renovated it over the 1920s to include secret compartments and passageways throughout the building. Today, the building is maintained as a national shrine by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The ground floor of the building serves as a museum for tourists to view historical artifacts from the past. Aguinaldo’s marble tomb lies in the garden behind the house. Have you visited the Aguinaldo Shrine? #OMGDestinations

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