Kawit, Cavite – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines with the Local Government of Kawit led the simple rites in commemoration of the 153rd birth anniversary of Emilio Aguinaldo on 22 March 2022, 9:00 a.m. at Museo ni Emilio Aguinaldo, Kawit, Cavite.
A holy mass dedicated in his memory was officiated by Reverend Fr. Joel J. Llave, Parish Priest and Dean of the Katedral Armidale, at 8:00 a.m.
Cavite Vice Governor Ramon “Jolo” Revilla III led the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony officiated by the Philippine Navy (PN)-Naval Base Cavite Band and Philippine National Police (PNP) Kawit Police, Tourist Police Unit. Other wreath offerors to the event were Kawit Mayor Angelo Emilio G. Aguinaldo, and National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) OIC-Executive Director Carminda R. Arevalo. The activity were witnessed by Cavite 1st District Representative Francis Gerald A. Abaya, Cavite Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla, Kawit Vice Mayor Arman V. Bernal, and PNP Cavite PPO, Provincial Director PCol Arnold Evangelista Abad.
The blessing of the tomb of Emilio Aguinaldo was officiated by Rev. Fr. Paul J. Marquez. Another activity, Karakol, a religious dance procession, was held at Liwasang Aguinaldo after the program.
The commemorative event was limited only to a few attendees as a countermeasure to contain the spread of the virus. The public was highly invited to visit the NHCP website and official Facebook page for the event’s details.
Emilio Aguinaldo was born on 22 March 1869 in Kawit, Cavite to parents Carlos Aguinaldo and Trinidad Famy-Aguinaldo. He became a gobernardocillo capitan municipal and a Freemason at the age of 25. Aguinaldo also joined the Katipunan and became the first president of the First Philippine Republic.
NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote Philippine History through its museums and publications and preserve the nation’s historical heritage.