We were supposed to go to Angeles for some Aling Lucing’s Sisig and Corazon’s Halo-Halo, but went to Malolos instead because of it started to rain very hard. Classic blessing in disguise! At least nakapag-pilgramage to Barasoian Church (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church) na nakikita ko lang dati sa ten peso bill (halatang ang tanda ko na hehehe), and got to go to the Barasoain Museum as well!
There were a lot of tourist that Saturday afternoon we visited. Mga 6 buses yata ng mga kiddos na nagfi-fieldtrip ang nasa parking lot. Not surprising that this heritage spot is part of their itinerary, Barasoain Church being one of the most important religious buildings in the Philippines.
It was also the temporary residence of General Aguinaldo, where the First Philippine Congress convened, where the drafting of the Malolos Constitution occurred. It wsas declared by Marcos as a National Shrine by Ferdinand Marcos in the 70’s.
Two Philippine presidents were inaugurated here– Aguinaldo and Estrada.
Barasoain was derived from a name of a town in Spain, a town that Spanish missionaries thought was similar to Malolos. When the Spanish-Revolution broke out, the Spaniards coined the term “baras ngsuwail” or “dungeon of the defiant” because it because a meeting place of anti-Spanish forces.
There are monuments in front of the church that honor the Republic of Biak-Na-Bato,
officially referred to as the Constitution of the Philippine Republic,
the first republic ever declared in our country by the Emilio Aguinaldo and his fellow members of the KKK.
The museum is just beside the church.
It was kinda hard to explore the whole museum that day because there were a lot of kids (and chaperones) from the field trip running around the halls.
Here are some of the items that caught our attention–
Ugh. I’ve never been a fan of Aguinaldo.
Diorama! My favorite project when I was in gradeschool!
Mon Confiado really does look like Aguinaldo. If you don’t get the reference, watch Heneral Luna.
Wait, where can we find Artikulo Uno? :p
I wonder how much these handwritten artifacts cost.
Lots of ladies that afternoon.
I’ve always been fascinated with old staircases. Creepy.
And look! Here’s the train that they used in Heneral Luna, where the general was speaking to the official in Fench and English about getting the train for use of the troop. “Puñeta! Arestuhin na nga ‘yan! nauubusan na ako ng Ingles!”
Loved that we were able to visit a museum before the National Museums and Galleries month ended. Balita ko ang haba ng pila masyado sa National Museum eh!
As for the Angeles Trip, that would have to be scheduled another weekend. :)
// listening to Nat King Cole – Fascination