Ninoy Aquino Day

Ninoy Aquino died 22 years ago on August 21, 1983. I was just eight years old and a third grade elementary school student of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) during that time. I didn’t really know who Ninoy was but everybody was talking about him. After all, he was a “kapampangan” and I was living in Pampanga, which was a “Ninoy country” during that time.

One thing I remember, when Ninoy’s casket passed by Angeles City on the way to San Fernando our classes was suspended. I was already in school that time and had to walk for more than two kilometers from school to home since the traffic was blocked due to the thousands of mourners who joined the funeral march. On my way, I saw a one-dollar bill which made me so excited. I thought I’d keep it since nobody was there during that time. I’d kept that bill until a few days later when I exchanged it for eleven pesos.

At school, we never really talked about the merits of Ninoy Aquino. I just remember that speculations about who killed him or ordered to kill him continued for days, weeks, months and years.

It wasn’t until I was in my first year in high school, a year after the “People Power Revolution”, that I became interested in Ninoy. I tried to watch every documentary shown on television. I remember clips of his speeches abroad. One of them was when he told a joke about a Japanese who once spoke to him. The Japanese apparently told him “You Filipinos are very rucky (lucky). You have a president who roves (loves) you and a first lady who roves (loves) you more.”

I’m reminded of Ninoy more when I came here in Korea. At 17, he went to Korea as a correspondent during the war (1950-1953). And of course, the movie “Koreana” which starred Nida Blanca was written by him.

I don’t know a lot about Ninoy. My only knowledge of him were from the documentaries I saw and articles that I read. I would like to know more about him. I would like to read what he had written and listen to all the speeches that he had delivered.


  1. Now that you mentioned that he was a correspondent, i guess i wll just have to say something about the time when he died.

    It’s a shame, I remembered only when I read bugsy’s and this blog.

  2. I guess that it is really every Filipino’s duty to study the lives and circumstances of the people who died attempting to free us from the shackles of oppression, bondage, and subjugation either by foreign powers or by our own ruling elite.

    It is also a shame that Ninoy’s family never lived up to his reputation. I mean, look at his son, look at Kris, look at Cory herself…

    We have to deal with what the Spaniards, the japs, and the americans have done to us.

    I was at Kwanghwamun during the Independence Day celebrations and I passed by these people who are taking issue with present-day Koreans (running chaebols) who had been friendly to the japs (they had this family tree of the brothers running Doosan ë‘?ì‚° ). I was dying with envy…

    There was this line that I could not forget (I forgot though where it came from, was it Noli or El Filibusterismo? )

    It goes something like, “Huwag kalimutan ang mga nabuwal sa dilim…”

  3. altair >> guess filipinos forget easily… what i admire about the koreans most is their patriotism and nationalism… it’s sometimes irritating for me as a foreigner, that i sometimes mistook it for conceit, but it’s actually very good…

  4. ninoy aquino is a father to all. He will always be remembered by the Filipinos of his being compassionate, kindness and intelligence.

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