Mabini Shrine (Tanauan)

Satellite image of the Mabini Shrine in Tanauan, Batangas.

There is a shrine dedicated to the hero Apolinario Mabini in Manila at Malacañang Park near the Mabini (Nagtahan) Bridge, but the main Mabini Shrine is the one located in his in hometown of Tanauan City, Batangas. Mabini is called the “brains of the Philippine Revolution” having penned several writings and formulated many of the Katipunan’s workings. His other nickname is “the Sublime Paralytic” since he was paralyzed from polio (a fact that was only proven in the 1980s!). Yet his disability did not deter him from serving his country.

Facade of the Mabini Shrine from near the entrance gate Photo by Dindin Lagdameo. (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

The Mabini Shrine is basically a museum dedicated to the life and works of Mabini. The site is also where his remains are interred after being transferred from Manila in 1965. The museum contains many of his personal belongings such as the chair he used, his eyeglasses, and his school books. Also housed in the shrine are various artifacts like coins bearing his likeness. Also found at the site to the southwest of the main building and visible in the satellite photo is a reconstruction of the nipa hut where Mabini was born.

Rev Cruz of Multiply has an excellent album of photos of the Shrine, while the Batangas-Philippines.com website has a good write-up along with more pictures of the site.

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April 8, 2009
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