Aguinaldo Museum is a museum owned and managed by the descendants of former Philippine President Emilio Aguinaldo. Located in Baguio City, it houses the first-ever Philippine flag. Keeping the flag safe is in line with the museum’s goals and missions to express the feeling of patriotism, in which every Filipino should physically be a witness to the flag’s existence while it lasts.
In 1985, a daughter of former President Aguinaldo built a museum in the City of Pines that will serve as a shelter for the first Philippine flag that was hoisted and waved by General Aguinaldo in Cawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898, 121 years ago.
Twenty-six years later, the grandchildren of Cristina Aguinaldo-Suntay, President Aguinaldo from his youngest daughter, agreed to turn the facility into an interactive museum. It is now a tribute to the revolutionaries of different eras who had taken a significant role in fighting for the country’s independence.
The Aguinaldo successors decided to put up the museum in Baguio as it is a tourism and educational city visited by masses of people. According to Emilio Aguinaldo Mendoza Suntay III, the great-grandson of Cristina, if the people couldn’t come to the flag, then at least they can bring it closer to the people.
He added that Baguio is a perfect place to preserve the flag as the weather is much cooler than in Manila. Since we are aiming to let the flag last for another 50 years, it has to be placed in an enclosed, dark space without humidity, moist, and human interaction.
Aside from the flag, there is also a life-size papier-mâché statue of Andres Bonifacio, the founder of the Katipunan and Aguinaldo’s opponent for the leadership of the Philippine Revolution. It is placed in a gallery of heroes at an indoor balcony. Also, statues of national heroes such as Jose Rizal, Antonio Luna, Emilio Jacinto, Apolinario Mabini, and Gregorio del Pilar are in the gallery, and a life-size statue of Gabriela Silang will soon be displayed there as well.