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    His great grandfather and namesake, General Emilio Aguinaldo, was one of the key players in the Philippine Revolution against Spain and the first President of the Philippines.

    With the country’s history closely entwined with that of his family’s, it is not surprising that Emilio Aguinaldo IV has chosen to pursue a career in public service, first in the staff of his uncle, Congressman Plaridel Abaya, then as a two term councilor, and more recently as Vice Mayor of Kawit, Cavite.

    As we celebrate Philippine Independence Day this June, Orange, as he is fondly called, gives us a sense of the events that helped shaped the destiny of our nation through a tour of his hometown. This is his Cavite. This is his SM.


    Orange in a barong inside the Aguinaldo shrine

    “It is a big responsibility to be named after a hero. First, people tend to give you special treatment, something I am not comfortable with; secondly, it is difficult to follow Lolo’s footsteps. I see my name Emilio Aguinaldo as more of a responsibility than a privilege.”

    Orange at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, which more than just being an ancestral home, is a house full of history. From one of its windows, Philippine Independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898.




    Aguinaldo shrine, Orange in his favorite place, in his Lolo’s bedroom, and on the window.

    “Cavite’s main attraction is its history, and if I would be asked to bring tourists around Cavite, I would bring them to the Aguinaldo Shrine because this is where our independence began.”

    Orange is the perfect guide to the Aguinaldo Shrine, a monument to the vision of a great man. Determined to create a fitting shrine to independence, General Aguinaldo turned his residence into a structure that changed as the times changed. From left: the Aguinaldo Shrine; Orange in his favorite spot in the house, in his Lolo’s bedroom, and looking out of the window at the tower.


    Baldomero Aguinaldo shrine

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    “I believe that for us to do the right thing, we must first know our history and learn our lessons from it.”

    The ancestral home of the Aguinaldos in Binakayan, Kawit has been renovated for conversion into the Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine. It is dedicated to the memory of Baldomero Aguinaldo, first cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo, and one of the three Aguinaldos who became generals of the Philippine Revolution. This jewel of a house with delicate tracework windows and grand central staircase is one of the historical attractions in Cavite.


    Orange during the graduation of children from Toclong Daycare Center.

    “I like to believe that there are good and honest people in public service. Lolo has inspired me to continue his work in serving Cavitenos.”

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    Orange and his uncle Congressman Plaridel Abaya at the Josephine Restaurant in Kawit, where one can dine on the fresh seafood while gazing a tranquil fishpond waters.

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    “We have some of the freshest seafood in Cavite, and no visit to our province will be complete without tasting our mussels and oysters.”


    SM City Rosario, one of SM’s four malls in Cavite.

    “Cavitenos are lucky SM has four malls in Cavite in Bacoor, Dasmarinas, Molino, and Rosario. I feel SM truly has it all.”


    Orange at SM Supermarket

    “I like shopping at SM because of the convenience.”

    Orange at the fruit section of SM Supermarket