Revolutionist, President of the Republic, Freemason
The exhibit is presented in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the lodge General Aguinaldo founded in 1914, in Kawit, Cavite, Logia Magdalo No 371, under the Gran Logia Regional de Filipinas of the Grande Oriente Español, (now President Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Lodge No 5, IGLPI) It informs of the initiation of General Aguinaldo as a Mason in Logia Pilar No 203, Imus, Cavite in 1895 at the height of Spanish colonial government’s persecution of Masons in the country.
It presents a time capsule of Masonry in the colonial history of the Philippines; the roots of true Filipino Masonry from Barcelona to Manila and the advocacy of Filipino Mason-patriots who initiated a campaign for colonial reforms that eventually led to the formation of the Katipunan. The exhibit also informs of the initiation of General Aguinaldo into the Katipunan.
The exhibit identifies the Masons in General Aguinaldo’s revolutionary government and the cabinet he formed under the 1899 republican government. It features symbolisms he adopted for both governments that were also used by Masonic lodges.
The exhibit is produced by the Philippine Center for Masonic Studies, Independent Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippine Islands.