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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
By Vincent Cabreza
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.
By Vincent Cabreza
The movie “El Presidente,” which received multiple awards during the 2012 Manila Film Festival, is also the most debated film online.
By Manuel F. Almario
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.
By Randy David
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?
By Mona Lisa H. Quizon
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.
By Vincent Cabreza
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.
By John Nery
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.
By V.P. Vamenta
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 [...]
By DJ Yap
, TJ Burgonio
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.”
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 [...]
By Maricar Cinco
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.
By Elmer Kristian Dauigoy
, Vincent Cabreza
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 [...]