Baldomero Aguinaldo House

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Binakayan, Kawit
Province of Cavite
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14.447864°N 120.923578°E

Born in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite on February 26, 1869, Baldomero Aguinaldo was the first cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo. The two often fought side by side during the Revolution, figuring in the battles of Binakayan, Dalahican and Noveleta in Cavite.

With his education in law and his skills as an administrator, Baldomero added an extra dimension to the Revolutionary Government, holding the position of Auditor General and cabinet minister. In April 1897, Baldomero was elected Director of Finance and helped draft the Constitution of Biak-na-Bato. He became the Secretary of the Treasury under that short-lived republic. With the proclamation of Philippine independence, Baldomero served as Secretary of War and Public Works of the new government.

A soldier at heart despite his administrative posts when the Filipino-American War broke out, Baldomero returned to the battlefield as Commanding General of the southern Luzon provinces.

In 1912 the Asociacion de los Veteranos de la Revolution Filipina was formed and Baldomero became its first president, a position he held until his death on February 14, 1915.

The Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine is the house in which Baldomero lived as an adult. Built in 1906, it is the typical country home of a gentleman farmer. Upstairs, the furniture, such as the upright piano, dates from the turn-of-the-century. The downstairs area has been converted into a museum dominated by a diorama of the Battle of Binakayan which took place from November 9 to 11, 1896. Behind the house, in a quiet corner, is the family plot. Baldomero and his wife and their two children and their spouses are all buried here.

Opposite the house is the kamalig, a storage shed for produce. It has been converted into a museum showcasing Cavite’s role in the Revolution. On the walls are photographs and drawings of Cavite’s military heroes. – nhcp.gov.ph

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Posted: October 1, 2012

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