Born in Binondo, Manila, she was the second child of Ambrosio Esteban a native of Ligaw, Camarines Sur and Francisca de la Cruz of Cainta, Rizal. Her parents moved to Binondo after their marriage. Together with her brother and sister, they were taught by "Maestrang Bulag" who was selling ikmo leaves and tobacco. Her family was not fortunate enough to support her studies, she was enrolled in a girl's school by Dona Vicenta de Roxas who shoulder all her educational expenses. At school, she excelled in many subjects that earned her the respect of her teacher, parents and most specially Dona Vicenta. She got married to Mariano Barroga of Batac, Ilocos Norte who was the mayordomo in the house of the son of Dona Vicenta. They were blessed with three children namely, Catalina , Adriana and Anastacia. Contribution
Her husband was a member of the Katipunan, who was known as "Tungkod" which was responsible in the insurgents in San Juan del Monte, Montalban and Marikina. Later was transfered to Tangos, Cavite, where he brought his family from Manila. Aguada, helped her husband in the revolutionary activities, they would travel from Manila to Cavite the needed materials for the ammunition and bullets to be used by the Filipinos. She would always climb the mountains and travel far, to ensure the safe delivery of the materials. All of their activities were not dicovered by the Authorities, until the first phase of the revolution ended by the Truce of Biak-na-Bato.