Ninoy Aquino Day

What is Ninoy Aquino Day?

Ninoy Aquino is one of the most prominent politicians in Philippine history. He was an outspoken critic of Ferdinand Marcos during the latter’s rule in the country which led to his exile from the country for several years. On August 21, 1983, he just returned to the Philippines and while he was walking down from the airplane, he got shot and killed on the spot to the surprise of the people there. It remained trivial even up until now as to who really killed the former senator.

This day ignited various protests in the country which led up to the snap elections of 1986. All these events started the EDSA People Power Revolution which ousted Ferdinand Marcos from his presidency wherein he flew away from the country along with his family. Corazon Aquino, the wife of Ninoy Aquino, was the winner of the snap elections and became the 11th president of the country and the first woman president of the Philippines.

Because of the significant events that sparked after Ninoy Aquino’s assassination, August 21 is considered to be the Ninoy Aquino day in the Philippines.

When is Ninoy Aquino Day 2019 in the Philippines?

Ninoy Aquino Day 2019 will be held on August 21, 2019. The celebration started when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed RA 9256 into law declaring August 21 as Ninoy Aquino Day and a special public holiday.

How to Celebrate Ninoy Aquino Day?

Citizens of the Philippines celebrate Ninoy Aquino Day by conducting parades on the streets, giving speeches, and various other commemorative activities. Some television networks feature the life of Ninoy Aquino as well as his tragic assassination.

Ninoy Aquino Day Quotes and Messages

Below are some of the most famous quotes by Ninoy Aquino that you can share online as your WhatsApp status or as quotes to be shared with your friends. Consider these as Ninoy Aquino Day quotes. Here they are:

  • “I could have opted to seek political asylum in America, but I feel it is my duty, as it is the duty of every Filipino, to suffer from his people especially in a time of crisis.
  • “We should not depend on one man; we should depend on all of us. All of us are expandable in the cause for freedom and therefore I say stand up now and be a leader, and when all of us are leaders, we will expedite the cause of freedom.”
  • “I have weighed all the virtues and faults of the Filipinos, and I have come to the conclusion that the Filipino is worth dying for.”


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