March 31, 1899 – Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, was captured by American forces. On March 31, 1899. (Good Friday) Aguinaldo ordered Gen. Antonio Luna to set the Malolos Cathedral including its huge silver altar on fire as part of their strategy called “Scorched-earth Policy” where everything will be rendered useless. Malolos was totally destructed when the Americans captured the capital. During the Philippine-American War, after the bloody battle Aguinaldo escaped to San Fernando, Pampanga before the American Forces arrived at Malolos.