Magdalo (Katipunan faction)

The Magdalo faction of the Katipunan was a chapter in Cavite, mostly led by Principalias[cleanup needed] of that province during the Philippine Revolution.

Seal of the Magdalo.svg
The unofficial seal of the Magdalo faction of the Katipunan
TypePolitical faction
HeadquartersKawit, Cavite
Faction leader
Baldomero Aguinaldo
Key people
Emilio Aguinaldo
Cayetano Topacio
Candido Tirona
Edilberto Evangelista
Parent organization

It was named after Mary Magdalene, patroness of Kawit, Cavite. It was officially led by Baldomero Aguinaldo, but his cousin Emilio Aguinaldo (whose own Katipunan codename was "Magdalo") was its most famous leader.[1]:22

The Magdalo had a rivalry with the other Katipunan chapter in Cavite, the Magdiwang (both factions are terminologies for feasts: "dalo" in Tagalog means to attend, diwang means to celebrate). When the Manila-based Katipunan leader Andres Bonifacio went to Cavite to mediate between them, the Magdalo argued for the replacement of the Katipunan by a revolutionary government.[1]:90 The Magdiwang initially backed Bonifacio's stance that the Katipunan already served as their government, but at the Tejeros Convention, both factions were combined into one government body under Emilio Aguinaldo who was elected as the president.

Some of the civil and military officials of the First Philippine Republic came from this group.

Magdalo LeadersEdit

Magdalo MunicipalitiesEdit

  • Cavite El Viejo
  • Imus
  • Silang
  • Bakood
  • Carmona
  • Mendez-Nuñez
  • Dasmariñas
  • Amadeo
  • Kawit


  1. ^ a b Alvarez, S.V., 1992, Recalling the Revolution, Madison: Center for Southeast Asia Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, ISBN 1-881261-05-0

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