Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park – A Beautiful Piece of History
Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park is idly sitting at the distant town of Maragondon, Cavite, between the feet of Mt. Nagpatong and Mt. Buntis. Cuddled by a four-hectare private property, this place served as the final destination of the Supremo Andres Bonifacio and his brother Procopio after being executed for treason by the Aguinaldo administration in 1897.
There are conflicting theories on how Bonifacio was killed. Some said he was gunned down, and some said that he was hacked to death as he was too weak to fight. Either way, the story sounds grim. If you want to pay tribute to the Supremo, and want to connect some dots in the Philippine history, put this place in your to-visit list.
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BONIFACIO SHRINE QUICK DETAILS
Address: Brgy. Pinagsanhan B, Maragondon, Cavite
Business hours: Everyday. 9AM-5PM
Entrance fee: PhP20
Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park – What to Expect
Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park was surprisingly beautiful, clean, and serene. Huge trees dotted the area, and the sculptures made of marble and bronze honoring the valor and dauntless acts of the Katipuneros were really remarkable. The intricately shaped metals with the letters “KKK” (Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galangan, Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan) and the word “Bayani” (hero) didn’t fail to impress. At the leftmost side of the masterpiece stood a 12-foot statue of Bonifacio and his chained brother.
It’s easy to say that the LGU of Maragondon once tried to make the place a tourist hotspot though its landscaping and aesthetic architectural designs; but they gave up halfway. There’s a pavilion/clubhouse that can easily accommodate 100 people. It looks good on the outside but rotting on the inside. There are two unmaintained swimming pools, and an abandoned souvenir shop showcasing Maragondon bamboo products. We seriously hope that they continue with what they’ve started. The place, if not taken care of, will really become a big waste.
HOW TO GET TO BONIFACIO SHRINE
By Public Transportation – Commute
- There are buses bound for Tarnate, Cavite which you can ride at the bus terminal in Coastal Mall, Paranaque. They pass through Cavitex all the way to the towns of Kawit, Bacao of General Trias and the Cavite Export Processing Zone (CEPZA), Tanza, Naic, and Maragondon via Centennial Road. Some of the buses can only drop you off at Naic to which you still need to ride a jeepney to reach Maragondon, Cavite.
- From Maragondon Town Hall, commission a tricycle to take you to the shrine. Roundtrip fare is around PhP100 per person. You will pass by rough roads. Sometimes, trekking is required.
By Private Transportation
Start your journey from SLEX and exit in Carmona and drive onwards to Trece Martires via Governor’s Drive. Drive on to Naic and to Maragondon. When in Maragondon, you can Waze your way up to the shrine.
TRAVEL TIPS TO ANDRES BONIFACIO SHRINE
- It is advisable to go to the municipality of Marigondon first and tourism department so that an official employee from LGU can join you and serve as your tour guide.
- If you want to know factual details from real historians, our travel partner Sole Adventours organizes historical tourd following the final days of Gat Andres Bonifacio from Tejeros Convention, to The Trial House, up to his death in Bonifacio Shrine. You can message them here.
- For additional adventure, you can opt to trek up to the highest peak of Mt. Nagpatong and be amazed by the nature’s wonder.
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