Post by insurrectomad on Jan 4, 2013 23:03:47 GMT -5
It was a great day for us, if a very long one. It took hours by Jeepney to get there after rising at 4.30am. We arrived very hot and tired but was made very welcome by the Grandson of Aguinaldo who is the museum curator. We did the tour of the house and saw all the improvements that have been made and the military display. We had a wonderful opportunity to speak for over an hour with Aguinaldo's son and also his great nephew as well as the grandson (the curator). We learnt that in 2013 a new draft of money was forthcoming from Phil. Government to made major restoration and new gallery layout. The plan is to open it up to the public as a no. one tourist attraction with staged events taking place. we saw the new lecture rooms being built at the rear of the house to the L/H side of the generals tomb. Great pains have been taken to match the exterior decor of the palace. We greeted all the family guests at the main gate and posed for hundreds on photos. The food was delicious when we at last sat down to eat. The elders of the family were happy to pose with us, and we got to speak with the Prime Minister that held office during the Presidency of Ferdinand Marco. I had to ropeatedly explain why an Englishman was dressed as a soldier of the revolution. I guickly explained that I was impersonating Capt. Arthur Howard who was in command of T.D. L. M. Sharpshooters at the Battle of San Mateo 19 Dec. 1899, and in Gen. Licerio Geronimo's Regt. I look forward to future events at Kawit, which i feel sure will grow and grow.