This day, March 22, 2019, marks the 150th birth anniversary of Philippines’ first-ever President, Emilio Aguinaldo.
KAMI learned that today, the Philippines also celebrates the first Emilio Aguinaldo Day since President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 621 that declared March 22, 2019 as a special day to commemorate Aguinaldo’s birth anniversary.
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To celebrate the Emilio Aguinaldo Day, here are 5 interesting facts you should know about the country’s first-ever President, as reported by the Filipiknow:
1. Established two republics
Born on March 22, 1869, Aguinaldo was able to establish two republics as the Philippines’ President. He led the revolution against the Spaniards and created the Republic of Biak-na-Bato and the First Philippine Republic.
2. The “first-ever” Japanese collaborator
The Los Angeles Times published a report on February 7, 1942, claiming that Aguinaldo was the “first Filipino Quisling" or traitor. During the Japanese occupation, Aguinaldo only made public speeches on behalf of them. However, he said that he only did it to protect his countrymen.
3. Aguinaldo’s Spanish speech
When film star Douglas Fairbanks had a stopover in the Philippines in 1931, he visited Aguinaldo’s house in Cavite. During that time, the first President delivered a speech in Spanish.
4. He killed an 18-foot crocodile
Writer Filemon V. Tutay published an article titled, “Presidents At Play.” In his work, he shared his discoveries when he explored the life of Aguinaldo and other Presidents. Tutay said that the first President had no "vices” and that he once killed an 18-foot crocodile along the shore of Manila Bay. It was once displayed in the Rizal Hall at the University of the Philippines.
5. He allegedly ordered the death of Andres Bonifacio
KAMI reported before that there were letters found claiming that Aguinaldo ordered his people to kill Andres Bonifacio. The letters were shown to the public during the auction in the Leon Gallery.
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