KAWIT, Cavite — Town mayor Angelo Aguinaldo, great grandchild of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, led the commemoration of the 57th death anniversary of the country’s first president at his former abode-turned-shrine in Brgy. Kaingen along Tirona Highway on Saturday.
Local policemen and firefighters led the flag-raising ceremony while other municipal officials including other descendants, Vice Mayor Arman Bernal, ABC President Alvin Bunag, Department of Education – Kawit Supervisor Helen Aure, spearheaded the wreath-laying rites at Aguinaldo’s monument inside his historic shrine.
Mayor Aguinaldo offered military honors together with the Philippine National Police – Kawit while Fr. Efren Bugayong ended the event with a prayer and a blessing at the tomb.
Also present were representatives from the Cavite provincial government and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, among others.
This year’s rites, which only lasted at least half an hour, was held differently due to the coronavirus pandemic. The usual mass was not held and the number of guests was limited following strict physical distancing measures.
Born on March 22, 1869, Aguinaldo was among the heroes of the Philippine struggle for independence against the Spaniards. At 94, he died in 1964 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Quezon City.