Historical markers at the front of the church:
Being the president of the First Philippine Republic, there is a statue of Emilio Aguinaldo near the front gate of the church yard.
Aside from Aguinaldo, former President Joseph Estrada was also sworn in at the
Interestingly, the terms of Aguinaldo and Estrada ended prematurely:
Aguinaldo was captured by American forces in Palanan, Isabela on
March 23, 1901
paving the way for the end of the First Philippine Republic.
On the other hand, Estrada was ousted by popular revolt on
January 20, 2001 over charges of
plunder, the trial of which being heard by the Senate that time.
Now let us go to the interiors of the church. The existing structure was built in 1885, so we can expect European influences on the architecture.
President Benigno S. Aquino III led the flag-raising ceremony that was held there as part of the Independence Day celebrations on June 12, 2012.
It can also be recalled that the 1991 remake film Lucio and Miguel, starring Redford White and Eric Quizon, was shot there. However, I'll skip the details of this movie, which will be a subject of a future post.