AGUINALDO (AGINALDO)

from the Spanish aguinaldo, meaning a Christmas bonus

Aginaldo is a Christmas gift, usually money in the form of fresh peso bills in envelopes.


Filipino children visit their older relatives during Christmas to ask for aginaldo. Godfathers and godmothers are especially prepared to hand out aginaldo.

There is a famous Tagalog Christmas song with the title Sa Maybahay ang Aming Bati in which children sing that the purpose of their visit is to ask for aginaldo.


Aguinaldo is a common surname in the Philippines.

Emilio Aguinaldo (1869-1964) was a former president of the Philippines. Many towns and schools have been named Aguinaldo in his honor.

Camp Aguinaldo is the national headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). It is located in Quezon City.