Emilio Aguinaldo

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1st President of the Republic of the Philippines

[1899-1901]

– President Emilio Aguinaldo,
June 1898

The Aguinaldo Hall is a radiant tribute to the Philippines’ first commander-in-chief, who fought valiantly for our nation’s sovereignty. General Emilio Aguinaldo declared Philippine independence on the 12th of June 1898. Just two months shy of his 30th birthday, he was proclaimed as the first president of the Republic of the Philippines on the 23rd of January 1899.

Unbeknownst to many, the first official Philippine flag was designed by Emilio Aguinaldo. While in Hong Kong, he requested Marcela Agoncillo to make the flag with the help of Agoncillo’s daughter, Lorenza Agoncillo and Dr. Jose Rizal’s niece, Delfina Herbosa Natividad. The flag was hand-made with fine silk while the sun and stars were embroidered. Heneral Miong, as he is fondly referred to, had a passion for music. He was known to decent with the piano and the guitar.

Music was reportedly a source of relaxation and enjoyment for him amid the tumultuous events of his time. The space is a sanctuary of luminosity and grace, a natural representation of the country’s liberation from colonialism. Amidst the sun-kissed ambiance are classic European furniture pieces, a nod to hundreds of years in their influence that ultimately shaped the country’s cultural heritage. The walls, adorned with portraits and memorabilia, serve as peaceful reminders from a bygone era. This beautiful hall’s light aura is a ray of hope for the country’s new direction.

Emilio Aguinaldo’s longevity and life experiences were not limited to his lifespan. He also lived through significant periods of Philippine history, spanning from the late Spanish colonial era through the American colonial period and into the early years of Philippine independence.

Designed by :

Jonathan Matti
February 2024