- English By VICTORIA AMANTE
Tour Script – Tanauan Citys one of the Historical Place Lets Go to Mabini Shrine! Hello,do you know Apolinario Mabini? Where did he lived? Do you want a tour werein youll know more information about Apolinario Mabinis shrine? Tucked in Barangay Talaga, Tanauan, Batangas, the Shrine marks the birthplace of Apolinario Mabini. At the heart of a residential area along the Tanauan-Talisay highway, it harbors a library, a museum, and his tomb. It was inaugurated on July 23, 1956 by then Vice-President Carlos P. Garcia and Mrs. Luz Banzon-Magsaysay. Inside the museum are precious historical jewels that were all part of Mabini’s life. His cabinet back when he was still studying, “tapayan” or water jar, eyeglasses, cane, wheelchair, and other memorabilia are kept and displayed behind glass walls. Several paintings and photos of Mabini also decorate the walls of the museum. Inside the other room, the Library, were books and other documents by and about him. In between the two rooms is the tomb where Mabini’s body lies in peace. His signature is embossed on one side of the grave. Just behind it shines another bust made of solid white marble and carved by G.T. Nepomuceno. Right outside of the Museum stands a replica of his family’s house, which goes to show just how unfortunate they were in terms of finances. Everyone is welcome to come inside and take a look at the interior. It was a great experience to have an idea of how he lived. I just kept on imagining a young Apolinario Mabini walking around the room and perhaps playing in the kitchen. How to get to Mabini Shrine: From Tanauan City Proper, take a jeepney bound for Talisay. Tell the driver to drop you off at Mabini Shrine in Brgy. Talaga.