Happy Aguinaldo Day!

First time I visited this place in years! A lot has change, it was better thanks to NHI except for the hispanophobic remarks in some of the items inside the museum ( Banditry/Panunulisan was the result of the Spanish rule - this is absurd!). Other than this, bravo to the local and national agencies for the improvement of the shrine.

Today is Aguinaldo day. Holiday in the whole Cavite province, normal day to us outside Cavite.

This tells you where Aguinaldo is in the pantheon of Filipino heroes.

A blogger once asked why we don’t have an Aguinaldo day. We do have but its seem to be celebrated exclusively by his beloved Cavitenos. For all the negative connotation Cavitismo had in the past, at least this trait never failed to remember their great idol. March 22 by the way is also the same day Aguinaldo won the Tejeros convention aside from being his birth day.

After the fall of his revolutionary government, the assasination of known allies (the first political killings in Filipino history) and surrender to the Americans – he gradually fell from critical favor – his reputation never fully recovered. The final nail was when he was soundly defeated by his former soldier Quezon in the first election.

Historians like Ocampo suggest that he lived too long, declining into a sad old age – if he died in the battle fields his story would’ve been an epic, just like that of Boni and Pepe.

This day would’ve been a national holiday.

As I approached Binakayan, I suddenly remembered the days when my Father would wake us up or call our attention because we are nearing the Aguinaldo mansion. The road use to pass by the mansion, now it has been redirected since a park was created to honor the General.

The park was a fitting tribute not only to Aguinaldo but the proclamation of Philippine Independence. The reality at that time was that we’re still not free, we have not gotten rid of the Colonials but it was a brave thing to do – its like Taiwan proclaiming independence from motherland China (which up to this point has not been done for fear of being crushed by the red giant).

Mabini opposed this proclamation, as he feared that we are revealing our intentions prematurely which puts us into a disadvantageous position against the Yanks who conquered a nation just by just controlling Manila and the important ports of its bay.

I think that it’s strange that they continue to portrait that a flag waving Aguinaldo declaring Philippine independence in his balcony. The Binense Rianzares-Bautista authored and read the proclamation. Not that its really that important, you have to expect some degree of historical inaccuraccies.In our case, more than the usual amount.

The events that took place in Kawit should be studied, discussed and analyzed. There’s much that we can learn from it.

Happy Aguinaldo day everyone.

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2 responses to “Happy Aguinaldo Day!

  • De AnDA

    @ Jun – Gen. San Miguel easily one of my favorite Generals of the revolution, along with Sacay, Ricarte, Luna. I had the same opinion of Gen. Aguinaldo when I was younger – his failures and faults were pivotal events that led to us being conquered and subjugated by a new foreign enemy. Its easy for us to judge these events, we have the hindsight, they didn’t – it was the hardest of times. So we learn from history and move on like the proud Filipinos that we are. There are no greater threats to our Filipinismo than forgetting what happened. Aguinaldo, for all his faults and flaws, led in a difficult time, when the rest was looking for a leader, the young Cauiteno abandoned the life of ease and comfort and pursued his dream of freeing his people.

  • JUN PANGANIBAN AUSTRIA

    ANG TUNAY NA BAYANING KABITENYO

    Walang pasok sa mga paaralan dito sa Cavite dahil sa paggunita sa ika-141 taong kaarawan ni Heneral Emilio Aguinaldo. Hanggang ngayon ay patuloy pa rin nating ginugunita ang taksil na heneral na responsable sa kamatayan nina Andres Bonifacio at Heneral Antonio Luna. Kung tutuusin, tatlong beses na kumampi sa mga dayuhan si Aguinaldo. Una ay nang isuko niya ang rebolusyon kay Heneral Primo de Rivera ng pamahalaang Kastila sa Kasunduan sa Biac na Bato noong Disyembre 14, 1897 at pumayag na maipatapon sa Hongkong kapalit ng P400,000. Ikalawa ay nang manumpa siya ng katapatan sa pamahalaang Amerikano noong Abril 1, 1901 matapos na mahuli sa Palanan, Isabela. At ang ikatlo ay nang suportahan niya ang pamahalaang Hapon sa deklarasyon nito ng pagpapalaya sa Pilipinas sa kamay ng mga Amerikano noong Oktubre 14, 1943. Nakapagtataka kung bakit patuloy pa ring ginugunita ang huwad na kalayaang idineklara ni Aguinaldo noong Hunyo 12, 1898. Isa itong insulto sa tunay na kahulugan ng salitang kalayaan.

    Kung may petsang dapat ideklarang walang pasok sa Cavite ay ang Marso 28 at ang dapat dakilain ay hindi si Aguinaldo kundi si Heneral Luciano San Miguel. Noong Ika-28 ng Marso, 1903, kasama ang may 200 tauhan ay nagbuwis ng buhay si Gen. Luciano San Miguel sa madugong sagupaan sa Corral na Bato, Antipolo, Rizal laban sa pwersa ng mga mananakop na Amerikano na sinuportahan ng mga sundalong Macabebe. Marangal na nakipaglaban si Gen. San Miguel at pinatunayan ang kanyang pagiging tunay na Katipunero hanggang sa huling patak ng kanyang dugo (“Bandoleros” ni Ochosa p.45).

    Muli, narito ang bahagi ng aritkulong minsan ko nang naisulat dito sa Kampay ng Rabay:
    Ipinanganak si Gen. Luciano San Miguel noong Enero 7, 1875 sa Noveleta, Cavite. Siya ang panganay at nag-iisang anak na lalake ng mag-asawang Regino San Miguel at Gabriela Saklolo. Nakapagtapos siya sa Ateneo de Manila at nakahanda nang magpakasal sa kasintahan niyang si Maria Ongcapin nang pumutok ang himagsikan noong 1896 kung kaya sa edad na 21 taong gulang ay sumapi siya sa pangkat ng mga Magdiwang sa Noveleta na kinabibilangan nina Artemio Ricarte, Diego Mojica at Mariano Alvarez. Nabigyan ng ranggong Colonel si San Miguel at namuno sa pakikipaglaban ng mga Katipunero sa Nasugbu, Batangas . Ika-25 ng Marso, 1897 nang sumanib si San Miguel sa pangkat nina Gen. Artemio Ricarte at Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo sa Imus upang salakayin ang mga Kastila sa Cavite Viejo at San Francisco Malabon. Hindi naisakatuparan ang pagsalakay subalit nang sinundang araw ay pinamunuan ni San Miguel kasama ang mga tauhan ni Andres Bonifacio at Gen Julian Montalan ang mga sundalong Kastila sa barrio Bacao, San Francisco de Malabon.
    Nang isuko ng mga Magdalo ang pakikipaglaban sa mga Kastila kay Gobernador Heneral Primo de Rivera noong Disyembre, 1897 ay ipinagpatuloy pa rin ni Gen Luciano San Miguel ang pakikipaglaban. Pinamunuan niya ang pangkat ng mga rebolusyunaryo sa Gitnang Luzon hanggang nang muling magbalik si Gen. Aguinaldo upang ipagpatuloy ang pakikipaglaban sa mga Kastila. Tauhan ni Gen. San Miguel ang unang napatay sa tulay ng San Juan nang sumiklab ang digmaang Pilipino-Amerikano noong Ika-4 ng Pebrero, 1899. Ipinagpatuloy ni Gen. Luciano San Miguel ang pakikipaglaban sa mga Amerikano kahit pa isa-isa nang nagsisuko ang mga pinuno ng rebolusyon gaya nina Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Gen. Vicente Lukban at Gen. Miguel Malvar.
    Binuo ni Gen. San Miguel ang “Bagong Katipunan” magmula 1902 na naglalayong ipagpatuloy ang pakikipaglaban sa mga Amerikano hanggang sa makamit ang kalayaan. Bandolero o tulisan ang itinawag sa kanya ng mga Amerikano. Magiting niyang ipinagpatuloy ang pagpapalaya ng bayan kahit pa karamihan sa mga datihan niyang kasama ay nagsisuko na at nakipagsabwatan na sa mga Amerikanong mananakop. Kasabay ng kanyang pakikipaglaban ang iba pang bayaning itinago ng mga history books na sinulat ng mga Amerikano gaya ng kabayanihan nina Macario Sakay, Felipe Salvador at ng dalawa pang Caviteñong sina Gen. Julian Montalan (na taga-Gen. Trias) at si Col. Cornelio Felizardo (na taga-Aniban, Bacoor).
    Malinaw na higit na dakila si Heneral Luciano San Miguel kaysa kay Aguinaldo. Kung may dapat kilalanin at dakilain nating mga Kabitenyo, ito ay si Heneral Luciano san Miguel at hindi si Aguinaldo. Mabuhay ang ika-107 taong kabayanihan ni Heneral Luciano San Miguel, ang tunay na bayaning Kabitenyo!

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