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Saturday, August 22, 2009

JRCLS Birthday Moment at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite

As part of the two-day first birthday moment of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Philippines Chapter Conference last August 21-22, 2009, we visited the historic Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite.

Since the Conference will be adjourning at the LDS Chapel in Dasmarinas, Cavite for a taste of fresh, cool air and a magnificent view and bounty of blessing of the country side, I thought it would be good to bring the delegates to something historic along the way. The choice of the site came in easy for me as the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the First Anniversary Conference of the Law Society. Aguinaldo Shrine was the single handed runaway pick because there is no need to make prior arrangement for the visit, it is free of charge and it is really very historic.

The Aguinaldo Shrine is the site of the proclamation of Philippine Independence last June 12, 1898. The flag was raised from the center window of the original house of the family of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the President of the First Philippine Republic and the leader of the revolution against Spain and America. This house was built in 1849.

At the tomb of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo

From the marker:

General Emilio Aguinaldo (1869 – 1964)

“First President of the Republic of the Philippines, 1899 – 1901, and leader of the Filipino People in the revolution against Spanish rule, 1896 – 1898 and the Filipino – American War, 1899 – 1901. Born March 22, 1869, Kawit, Cavite. Became Municipal Captain of Kawit. Inducted into Masonry and initiated into the Katipunan under his chosen name, Magdalo, 1895. Led in the capture of Kawit, Imus, Bacoor and other towns in Cavite during the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution in 1896. His military victories provided prestige which led to his election, in absentia, as president of the First Revolutionary Government during the Tejeros convention on March 22, 1897. Went to self-exile in Hongkong in accordance with the Pact of Biak-na-Bato and forged an alliance with the United States of America to overthrow Spanish rule in the Philippines. Returned from Hongkong, May 19, 1898 and resumed the struggle for freedom. Proclaimed Philippine independence on JUne 12, 1898 at Kawit. On this occassion the Philippine national flag made in Hongkong by Dona Marcela de Agoncillo was officially unfurled and the Marcha Nacional which became the Philippine National Anthem was played publicly for the first time. Convened the Revolutionary Congress in Malolos, Bulacan, September 15, 1898. Led the Filipino forces during the Filipino – American war and was captured in Palanan, Isabela on March 23, 1901.

Died at the Veteran’s Memorial Hospital, Quezon City, February 6, 1964.”

Inside the Museum of Aguinaldo Shrine

Saturday, August 1, 2009

My Journey to the Temple- Part Two

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Temples are an essential part of the gospel of Jesus Christ and so the LDS Church builds many temples around the world. President Howard W. Hunter said:
" Let us be temple-attending and temple -loving people. Let us hasten to the temple as frequently as time and means and personal circumstances allow. Let us go not only for our kindred dead, but let us also go for the personal blessing of temple worship, for the sanctity and safety which is provided within those hallowed and consecrated walls.The temple is a place of beauty,it is a place of revelation,it is a place of peace. It is the house of the Lord. It is holy unto the Lord.It should be holy unto us" (Ensign,Oct. 1994,5.)

I have recently been to Melbourne and Sydney Australia and visited two temples and been back to Cebu and have seen the latest on the Cebu Temple construction so I wanted to re-post this blog entry and update the list of temples seen. My list now totaled 18 and here they are in the order of seeing first to last - Manila Philippines, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Provo Utah, Mount Timpanogos, Las Vegas Nevada, St. George, Utah, Bountiful, Washington DC, Oakland California, Hawaii, Seoul, South Korea, Hongkong, Boston, New York, and the Cebu Temple (which is under construction), Melbourne Australia and Sydney Australia.

Manila Philippines Temple

Los Angeles

Salt Lake City

Provo Utah

Mount Timpanogos

Las Vegas Nevada

St. George, Utah

Bountiful, Utah

Washington DC

Oakland California


Seoul, South Korea



New York

Cebu Philippines Temple (under construction)

Melbourne, Australia

Sydney Australia

Temples are really special to me. One of my goals in life is to be married in the temple. One of the Philippine Area Presidency member handed me a quote from Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was then a member of the Seventy, and he spoke about the relationship of the temple to the creation and perfection of family units. He taught:
"From the moment of Birth into mortality to the time we are married in the temple, everything we have in the whole gospel system is to prepare and qualify us to that holy order of matrimony which makes us husband and wife in this life and in the world to come. Then from the moment we are sealed together by the power and authority of the holy priesthood...everything connected with revealed religion is designed to help us keep the terms and conditions of our marriage covenant, so that this covenant will have efficacy, virtue, and force in the life to come. Thus, celestial marriage is the crowning ordinance of the gospel...Thus the family unit is the most important organization in time and in eternity.
And thus we should have more interest in and concern for our families than for anything else in life...there is nothing in this world as important as the creation and perfection of family units".

Quotation of the Day

Travel Philippines

Travel Philippines

Travel USA

Travel USA
New York - View from the Empire State Building

Travel Australia

Travel Australia
Opera House - Sydney