Holiday declared in Cavite on March 22

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has declared March 22, which falls on a Friday, as a special non-working day in the province of Cavite in commemoration of the 144th birth anniversary of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippine Republic.

The Chief Executive issued the declaration by virtue of Proclamation 556 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on March 7, to give the people of Cavite the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion.

General Aguinaldo was born to Gobernadorccillo (Municipal Governor) Carlos Aguinaldo and Trinidad Famy on March 22, 1869 in Cavite Viejo (now called Kawit town).

The Philippines won independence from Spain in hard-fought battles led by Aguinaldo and other Filipino leaders in 1898.

On June 12, 1898, Aguinaldo, the revolutionary leader declared the Philippines independent, with himself as the unelected President.

Emilio Aguinaldo was officially inaugurated as the first president of the Philippine Republic in January 1899. (SDR)

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