The day after the Tejeros Convention was held, it was but fitting to inaugurate the newly elected officials of the Philippine revolutionary government. Internal squabbles were still rocking and external forces threatening the newly minted administration of General Emilio Aguinaldo.
But about eight o’clock in the evening on March 23, 1897, Aguinaldo and General Mariano Trias formally took their oaths in the convent hall of Sta. Cruz Church and assumed the offices of president and vice-president, respectively. General Artemio Ricarte was sworn into office as captain general at one o’clock the following morning.