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About Emilio Aguinaldo

About the author: Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy (March 22, 1869 – February 6, 1964), mayor of Kawit, member of the Katipunan, revolutionary general, dictator of the Philippines (1898-99) and president of the first Republic of the Philippines (1899-1901).

About the diary: A calendar book marked “Memorandum of Aguinaldo,” in the collections of the National Library of the Philippines, containing diary notes. As described by historian Jose Victor Torres,

Found among the files of the Philippine Revolutionary Papers (PRP), formerly known as the Philippine Insurgent Records (PIR), is a Calendar for the year 1898 with the notation on the cover “Memorandum of Aguinaldo”. Written inside its pages are a variety of notes made by President Emilio Aguinaldo himself.

Posted on Facebook on June 11, 2021 by Jose Victor Torres, who also translated the June 12, 1898 entry. The photos of the document were taken by Ian Alfonso of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The Philippine Diary Project considers the document as a diary and has included the entries photographed by Alfonso, ranging from June 6-12, 1898.

We are grateful to Corporate Governance and Melanie Victoriano on Twitter for their efforts in trying to decipher the June 7-9 entry. We have decided to use the translation kindly provided by Jose Mario Alas.