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Aguinaldo Day in Cavite on March 22


By Anthony Giron

Kawit, Cavite — President Duterte has declared March 22, Thursday, a special non-working holiday in Cavite province in observance of the 149th birth anniversary of Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo, a revolutionary leader and the country’s first president.

The declaration was contained in Proclamation No. 446 that was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea early this month.

Aguinaldo Day or Cavite Day is traditionally celebrated by the General’s descendants, officials and residents with simple activities at the Aguinaldo Shrine or family mansion on Tirona Highway in Barangay Kaingin, Kawit.

Aguinaldo Shrine curator Haidee Paulette M. Bedruz said that the whole-day activities include a 6:30 a.m. Holy Mass at Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Kawit, flag-raising and the wreath-laying ceremony at the General’s tomb, the release of balloons and other cultural presentations.

Bedruz said that Senator Juan Edgardo Manalang Angara was invited as guest of honor and speaker.

Aguinaldo, also known as “Heneral Miong”, was born on March 22, 1869 at the family ancestral home (now Shrine) in Cavite El Viejo, now  Kawit.

He became president in 1898 at the age of 29.

Aguinaldo was also known as “Caesar of the Philippines,” “The Arm of Divine Providence,” and “Liberator of the Filipino People” because of his stance and actions during the revolution.

Also commemorated on March 22 is the Tejeros Convention at the historic Casa Hacienda in Rosario, the assembly and election that installed Aguinaldo as president and virtually molded the Philippine republic, and the founding anniversary of the Philippine Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) whose general headquarters in Quezon City was named after the Caviteno General.

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