Baldomero Aguinaldo

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Baldomero Aguinaldo
Born Baldomera Aguinaldo y Baloy
(1869-02-27)27 February 1869
Kawit, Cavite
Died 4 February 1915(1915-02-04) (aged 45)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Other names Baldomero Baloy-Aguinaldo
Occupation farmer, revolutionary
Known for Baldo
Religion Philippine Independent Church formerly Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Petrona Reyes

Baldomero Aguinaldo y Baloy (27 February 1869 – 4 February 1915) was a leader of the Philippine Revolution. He was the first cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippines, as well as the grandfather of Cesar Virata, a former prime minister in the 1980s.

Early life[edit]

Baldomero Aguinaldo was born in Kawit, Cavite. He was the son of Cipriano Aguinaldo y Jamir and Silveria Baloy. His father was the son of Eugenio Aguinaldo y Kajigas and Maria Jamir.

Education[edit]

He studied law at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and was still a law student during the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution. He obtained a law degree, but failed to take the bar examination. Unable to practice law, he became a farmer.

Career[edit]

Aguinaldo organized, along with his brother Emilio, the Magdalo chapter of the Katipunan in Kawit. He became president of the council. In the early days of hostilities, he always stayed at the side of his cousin Emilio. He fought in several bloody battles. He also led the Magdalo faction to the Katipunan which had its headquarters in Kawit, Cavite.

Aguinaldo's knowledge of the law and administrative procedures made him a valuable asset to the revolutionary government. He was appointed to several cabinet positions, and was a signer of two important documents: The Biak-na-bato Constitution, and the Pact of Biak-na-Bato.

During the Philippine–American War, Aguinaldo fought again, becoming commanding general of the revolutionary forces in the southern Luzon provinces. When hostilities ended in 1901, he retired to private life.

He held many various positions in the Aguinaldo Cabinet as Minister of War[1]:29 and Finance. During the American occupation he became the President of the Philippine Veteran's Association.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Doña Petrona Reyes with 2 children: Leonor and Aureliano. Leonor was the mother of former Prime Minister Cesar Virata.

Death[edit]

Aguinaldo died in Manila of heart failure and rheumatism on February 4, 1915 at the age of 45 and was interred at the Manila North Cemetery. His remains were later exhumed and brought to his home in Binakayan, Cavite.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sonnichsen, A., 1901, Ten Months a Captive Among Filipinos, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
Political offices
Preceded by
Emiliano Riego de Dios
Philippine Minister of War and Navy
1898–1899
Succeeded by
Mariano Trías