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Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine - Cavite

Located in Cavite City in the province of Cavite, Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine is the resting place of one of the founders of the KKK (Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangan, Katipunan) which is the revolutionary group that fought for the independence of the Philippines.
Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine

Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine History

It was on November 30, 1996, that Don Ladislao Diwa's mortal remains were transferred to the mausoleum on the grounds of the shrine. During my visit to Cavite City, I brought with me a list of places to visit in the said place and the shrine was one of those that I highlighted and planned to visit. Since I was not using GPS at that time, I had a hard time locating the shrine. The funny thing was, the locals seem to not even know about its location too. Lucky for me though, I got to ask an old lady who remembers very clearly the unique looking shrine and its location.

Don Ladislao Diwa

Upon my arrival at the shrine, I was disappointed to find that it was locked and I had no way to get closer to it. I actually had to take pictures of it from the outside relying heavily on the zoom and wide-angle capacity of my camera lens. The shrine looked well maintained but it's evident that it is seldom visited. Well, we can't blame anyone though because Don Ladislao Diwa's life is rarely highlighted in our history books despite his contributions to our revolutionary cause.

 Ladislao Diwa NHI Marker 

Speaking of his contributions, I think its more beneficial if we talk about Don Ladislao Diwa rather than his shrine...

He was born on June 27, 1863, in San Roque, Cavite. Ladislao Diwa almost became a priest but had to abandon his ecclesiastical studies to pursue law. It was during his law school days that he met and became close friends with Andres Bonifacio and Teodoro Plata (the other founders of the Katipunan).

The shrine has the KKK on the edges of a triangle like in one of the flags of the Katipunan

After finishing his law studies, he worked as a clerk in a district court of Quiapo, Manila. He later joined the La Liga Filipina which was established by Dr. Jose Rizal (the National Hero of the Philippines). Upon hearing Rizal's capture and deportation Diwa, Plata, and Bonifacio became convinced that an armed uprising is necessary. Ladislao Diwa's name would then be etched in history as one of the founders of the Katipunan.

He was an active member of the said (then) secret organization until his capture in Betis, Bacolor, Pampanga. He was lucky to be released as part of a prisoner exchange between Spanish authorities and the Filipino revolutionaries. Ladislao Diwa then went to Cavite and rejoined the armed struggle against the Spanish colonizers. After the Spanish left, he then fought against the Americans in the Filipino-American War of 1898. Sadly, he surrendered shortly after the capture of Emilio Aguinaldo (1st Philippine President) in Palanan, Isabela on March 23, 1901. He lived a long and productive life after the revolution. He died of nephritis on March 12, 1930. 

Overall, visiting his final resting place made me more eager to visit the other historical sites of the Philippines particularly the resting place of the important people in history. On the side, I already visited Bonifacio and Diwa's resting places/shrines. Sadly, there were no written accounts of where the remains of Teodoro Plata, Valentin Diaz, and Deodato Arellano (the other founders of the Katipunan) were buried.

Getting to Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine:

From Manila, head to the Integrated Bus Terminal in Coastal Mall. From there you can ride a bus that will go directly to Cavite City.

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