“Ninoy Aquino Day” is observed every year on August 21 to honor former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr., who fell 30 years ago on August 21, 1983, at the tarmac of then – ManilaInternationalAirport. “Ninoy” was the husband of President Corazon “Cory” C. Aquino, the first woman and the 11th President of the Philippines, and father to his only son and namesake, President Benigno S. Aquino III, the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines. His daughters are Maria Elena, Aurora Corazon, Victoria Eliza, and Kristina Bernadette.
Commemorative ceremonies will be held at Ninoy’s statues on Roxas Boulevard and in MakatiCity. A Mass will be said at the ManilaMemorial Park in ParañaqueCity. Nationwide, there will be fun runs, walkathons, concerts, floral offering, and photo exhibits in his honor.
Born on November 27, 1932, in Concepcion, Tarlac, to Benigno S. Aquino Sr. and Doña Aurora A. Aquino, “Ninoy” finished high school at San Beda College, and studied for a Bachelor of Arts at Ateneo de Manila University, but stopped when, at 17, he became a war correspondent covering the Korean War. At 18, he was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor by President Elpidio R. Quirino, for journalistic feats. At 21, he was close adviser to then-Defense Secretary Ramon F. Magsaysay. He took up law at the University of the Philippines, but again interrupted his studies to pursue his journalistic career. In 1954, he negotiated the surrender of Huk leader Luis Taruc. In 1955, at 22, he was elected Mayor of Concepcion, Tarlac; at 27, he was elected Vice Governor of Tarlac; and at 29, was Governor. He was elected Senator at 34.
He became a staunch leader of the opposition. When Martial Law was declared, “Ninoy” was among the first to be held by military authorities. He spent the next seven years in military prison, until, in 1979, he left for the United States of America, for medical reasons. There he spoke at rallies at HarvardUniversity and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Despite a threat to his life, he came back to the Philippines on August 12, 1983. He was shot at the tarmac of the airport.
We honor former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr., for his and his family’s contributions to the restoration of democracy in the Republic of the Philippines. MABUHAY!