The onslaught of Spanish reaction against the Philippine Revolution after 23 August 1896 resulted in victories for Katipuneros in Cavite, while Bonifacio’s troops suffered defeats at battles in San Juan del Monte and San Mateo, Montalban. In November 1896, the Magdiwang Council, led by Santiago V. Alvarez, invited Bonifacio to Cavite, which the Supremo accepted.
 
 Though genially received by both Magdiwang and Magdalo Councils in Cavite, Bonifacio’s presence was resented by some Magdalo members, who criticized his leadership, education, and livelihood. They preferred the leadership of General Emilio Aguinaldo who was victorious in his battles.
 
Many Caviteño leaders sought to unify the political leadership of the Revolution and invited Bonifacio to an assembly in Tejeros, Cavite on 22 March 1897. The Tejeros Convention installed Aguinaldo as President, while Bonifacio was elected as Minister of the Interior. However, through a fracas instigated by Magdalo member Daniel Tirona, Bonifacio nullified the proceedings and established a separate government in Naic, Cavite.
 
On 28 April 1897, Bonifacio, his wife Gregoria de Jesus and brother Procopio were arrested by troops of Aguinaldo led by Col. Agapito Bonzon in Limbon, Indang, Cavite. During the scuffle, Bonifacio was severely wounded while his brother Ciriaco was killed.
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 The court-martial of the Bonifacio brothers was held in Maragondon, Cavite in a bahay-na-bato built by Teodorico Reyes in 1889. On 5 May 1897, the military court presided by General Mariano Noriel, found the accused guilty of treason and recommended execution. On 10 May 1897, Andres Bonifacio and his brother were executed by soldiers led by Major Lazaro Makapagal in Mt. Nagpatong, Maragondon, Cavite. 
 
 The museum has five galleries
Gallery 1:  Maypagasa, provides a short background on Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan
Gallery 2: Pagsalubong, focuses on the conflict between the two Katipunan factions in Cavite, the Magdalo and Magdiwang
Gallery 3: Pagdakip, narrates the events leading to Bonifacio’s arrest
Gallery 4: Ang Paglilitis re-enacts the Bonifacio brothers’ court martial through a light and sound presentation
Gallery 5:                    Kadakilaan, recounts the anguish of Bonifacio’s widow, Gregoria de Jesus, in learning of her husband’s death
 
 The museum also has other facilities, such as:

  • Audio-visual corner offering a brief documentary about the trial and death of Andres Bonifacio
  • An e-learning room for online lessons on the history of the Philippines
 
To arrange a visit to the Museo ng Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio, please call: 
Museum Curator: Mr. Melanio Guevara
Cellular phone number: +63.917.553.7375
Email Add: bonifaciotrialmuseum@gmail.com
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.