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Today, Feb. 6, is the 50th death anniversary of President Emilio Aguinaldo. Born on March 22, 1869, Aguinaldo was known as a strong leader of the Magdalo faction of the Katipunan and the President of the first Philippine Republic. After the Spanish-American War, Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine independence on June 12, 1898, in Kawit, Cavite. He died in 1964 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Quezon City at the age of 94.—Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

How relevant is the Philippine flag today?

EMILIO Aguinaldo Suntay III, great grandson of the late Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, urges the public to revisit the stories of the country’s heroes to reignite their patriotism. The Suntay family has custody of what it believes to be the original flag (shown above) unfurled 115 years ago in Kawit, Cavite.  EV ESPIRITU

The great grandson of the late Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the president of the First Philippine Republic, has a challenge for the Internet savvy, globally cultured and perceptive Filipino generation: Do an “Indiana Jones” and seek out everything there is to know about Philippine heroes.

Posted: June 11th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Aguinaldo kin says human stories better for heroes

LAGUNA Gov. Jeorge “ER” Ejercito attended a 2011 festival in Kalinga wearing a Katipunan-era uniform before he completed his film, “El Presidente.” EV ESPIRITU

The movie “El Presidente,” which received multiple awards during the 2012 Manila Film Festival, is also the most debated film online.

Posted: February 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Rizal planted seed of revolution; Bonifacio watered it

CENTENNIAL RITE  Members of the Knights of Rizal reenact the transfer of National Hero Jose Rizal’s bones from Binondo to Luneta in Manila during a dawn ceremony marking the 116th anniversary of his death. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

On December 20, 1898, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, as head of the Philippine Revolutionary Government, issued a decree proclaiming Dec. 30 of every year a national day of mourning in honor of Dr. Jose Rizal and the other martyrs of the revolution against Spain. This was just two years after the execution of the hero by the Spanish colonial government.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A question of heroes


Of the varied fare produced by this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, it was “El Presidente,” the film depicting the life of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, that I was most eager to watch. Films about a nation’s heroes are always tricky affairs. If they show nothing new about the persons or the circumstances in which they lived, they risk becoming utterly boring. If, on the other hand, they set out to project heroes in a new light, they are likely to face the question: What is fiction and what is fact?

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Century-old trees mute witnesses to history

THE CHICO TREE (Manilkara sapota L.), one of the trees  in the backyard of the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite province, was planted by General Aguinaldo himself and was said to be one of his favorites, according to former museum gardener, 70-year-old Vener Vales. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

If only trees could talk, they would regale us with historical tales they have witnessed firsthand. They are the living links to the past that no man has recorded.

Posted: July 14th, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

People urged to see first Philippine flag before it crumbles

That's how long what is arguably the first Philippine flag will last given its continued plunge into decay, so its custodians, the Baguio-based heirs of Emilio Aguinaldo, believe popularizing it so a new generation can cherish the unique banner to keep its memory alive. These Baguio youths, wearing Cordillera attire, were some of its visitors on June 12, the 114th Philippine Independence Day celebrations.   PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Heirs of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo have sped up their drive to popularize the gains of the Philippine Revolution, including what is arguably the era’s most important treasure: the first Philippine flag.

Posted: June 13th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Rizal in the eyes of the generals

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The Rizal story intersects with the narrative of the revolution at several points; three intersections, in particular, show the depth of the revolutionaries’ debt to Rizal.

Posted: July 8th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Concurrences, commemorations and celebrations


This week began last Sunday with the concurrence this year of two important holidays: the religious solemnity of Pentecost and the national holiday of our Independence Day. We learn that Pentecost (derived from the Greek word for “fiftieth”) in the Old Testament was 50 days after the great feast of Passover commemorated by the Jews [...]

Posted: June 17th, 2011 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

President Aquino vows graft-free Philippines

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FREEDOM DAY RITES President Aquino leads the flag-raising ceremony in commemoration of the 113th anniversary of Philippine independence held at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. He is joined by Cesar Aguinaldo Virata and the Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff, Gen. Eduardo Oban. The event celebrates the Declaration of Independence on June 12, 1898, by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and the Filipino revolutionary forces from the Spanish colonizers. RAFFY LERMA

Hoisting the national flag in the same town where revolutionaries proclaimed Philippine independence 113 years ago, President Benigno Aquino III promised Filipinos a country free from corruption and a nation no longer like “a paper boat drowning in a sea of lies and anomalies.”

Posted: June 13th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aguinaldos keep fighting for their original flag

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BAGUIO CITY—Emilio Aguinaldo Suntay III spent the early morning of June 12 at SM City Baguio to watch Teatro SLU (Saint Louis University) reenact the 1898 unfurling of the Philippine flag on a stage made up to look like the balcony of the Aguinaldo mansion in Kawit, Cavite. Always quick with a smile, Suntay has [...]

Posted: June 12th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Premier freedom shrine 2nd home to caretaker

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Even with his eyes closed, Jose Vales knows every nook and cranny of the house—from the secret passages that lead to hidden rooms to the pull-out pot holders mounted on the walls.

Posted: June 12th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Aguinaldo museum in Baguio now ‘interactive,’ for other heroes, too

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BAGUIO CITY—In 1985, a daughter of revolutionary hero Emilio Aguinaldo built a museum in the summer capital to house what the family claims is the original Philippine flag that was unfurled in 1898 in Kawit, Cavite, which she had found tucked under her father’s death bed. Twenty-six years later, the grandchildren of Cristina Aguinaldo-Suntay have [...]

Posted: June 12th, 2011 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

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