If the Emilio Aguinaldo House is an imposing and grand structure along the old Camino Real, the house of Baldomero Aguinaldo is modest in scale and is located in a quiet neighborhood in Barangay Binakayan. Perhaps the house can be seen as a reflection of the character played by Emilio’s cousin in both the Revolution of 1898 and Filipino-Amercan War.
When the Katipunan chapter in Kawit was transformed as the Magdalo Council, largely through Emilio’s campaign efforts, Baldomero was elected as its president. While Emilio concentrates on the military affairs, Baldomero’s function was mainly administrative. Nevertheless, the cousins maintained a formidable teamwork in running the Magdalo Council.
At the height of both 1898 Revolution and Filipino-American War, Baldomero held important positions in the Revolutionary Government and supported his cousin’s government by leading several decisive battles against Spain and America.
After the capture of General Emilio Aguinaldo on March 23, 1901 in Palanan and followed a few weeks later by the surrender of Vice-President Mariano Trias, Baldomero’s military career gradually faded in the limelight. By the end of the Filipino-American War, he retired to private life as a farmer until his death on February 4, 1915 at the age of 46.
Baldomero Aguinaldo House
The Baldomero Aguinaldo House was the second national shrine to be established in the historic town of Kawit. The first one was the Emilio Aguinaldo House which was donated to the government by the General in 1963. In 1982, heirs of Baldomero Aguinaldo restored the ancestral house and donated it to the government as a fitting tribute to the revolutionary leader.
The construction of the original house was started in 1906.The entrance is through wooden doors opening to a low zaguan with a central stairs leading up to the living quarters.On display beneath the stair are old household items including vintage flat irons.
The second floor consists of a sala, master’s bedroom, children’s bedroom, comedor and kitchen. We were told that majority of the antique furniture adorning the rooms are on loan from the Intramuros Administration.
The banggerahan and paminggalan in the dining room and kitchen lends off the house’s provincial quaintness.
The kitchen is the only room in the house with slated bamboo flooring. Kitchen requisites like a vintage refrigerator and an antique stove top with clay pots give off a sense of homeyness to the place.