Friday, February 4, 2011

Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.
Benigno Aquino, Jr., born in November 27, 1932 at Concepcion, Tarlac, popularly known as Ninoy, was the youngest senator elected in the country's history, a Tarlac Governor, and an opposition leader during Pres. Marcos’ era. He was assassinated at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA, formerly Manila International Airport) in August 21, 1983 upon returning home from exile in the United States.  Ninoy, married to late former President Cory Aquino and the father of Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, is a modern hero ranks among the great patriot in the Philippine History and considered the contemporary counterpart of the great José Rizal

Senator Aquino's image is printed on the 500-peso bill. His death anniversary, August 21, is "Ninoy Aquino Day", a public holiday. Several monuments and statues were also built in his honor. Most renowned is the bronze monument near the Philippine Stock Exchange in Makati City and the statue in front of the Municipal Building of Concepcion, Tarlac.