Emilio Aguinaldo

"We cannot free ourselves unless we move forward united in a single desire."

Born of Chinese and Filipino parentage, Emilio Aguinaldo was the seventh among eight children of Carlos Aguinaldo and Trinidad Famy. He joined the Katipunan in 1894 and adopted the name Magdalo. Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Magdalo led the Kawit uprising on August 31, 1896 and defeated the Spanish commander of the Guardia Civil in single combat.

In a ceremony held at the balcony of his home in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898, he declared Philippine Independence and unfurled the Philippine Flag. Emilio Aguinaldo was proclaimed President of the First Philippine Republic. He was married to Hilario del Rosario who passed away ahead of him. He got married again to Maria Agoncillo. Aguinaldo is considered the country's first and the youngest Philippine President. He led forces that fought against Spain in the Philippine Revolution and the Americans in the Philippine-American War.

President Emilio Aguinaldo eventually pledged allegiance to the government of the United States of America. He died of coronary thrombosis at the age of 95.
President Emilio Aguinaldo
Born: March 22, 1869
Died: February 6, 1964
Dictator of the Dictatorial Government
President of the Revolutionary Government
President of the First Philippine Republic
(Term: May 24, 1898 - April 1, 1901)
Vice President: Mariano C. Trias
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