Another historical place that I was able to visit is the Biak na Bato Nature Park which is located in San Miguel Bulacan and about 1 to 1.5 hours from Quezon City.
Biak na Bato Nature Park is more than 2000 hectares of enchanting mountain gorge, surrounded by lush green forest and flowing lucid river with different species of birds, animals and plants. It has two falls and several caves one of which is the historical “Aguinaldo Cave”.
In 1897, when Aguinaldo was about to be captured by the Spaniards in Batangas, he fled to Bulacan and found Biak na Bato as a secure place to hide. There he declared the short-lived “Republic of Biak-na-Bato” and eventually accepted the “Pact of Biak-na-Bato” after which he went on exile in Hongkong.
“It may sound absurd…but don’t be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed…”
Instead of living peacefully in other country, he used this freedom to persuade US government to help him with his desire for independence. He also used the money he acquired from the treaty and bought firearms for future utilization.
“I may be disturbed…but won’t you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream…”
He returned to the Philippines a few months after his exile and proclaimed Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898.
“It’s not easy to be me…”
(Superman, Five for Fighting)
He flew away for his freedom and flew back for his country’s independence. He may not be superman but he is a hero for his countrymen.