The first Philippine municipal elections were in 1895.
In 1893, the Maura Law was passed to reorganize town governments with the aim of making them more effective and autonomous. The law changed the title of chief executive of the town from gobernadorcillo to capitan municipal effective 1895. Municipal elections were held for municipal posts throughout the Philippine Archipelago on January 1, 1895.
Famous lawyers and doctors including the rich and the wealthy, political families were elected. Emilio Aguinaldo was elected as capitan municipal in his town of Kawit, Cavite.