August 21, 1983 is the day that made a difference in Philippine history and holds a story worth remembering. It was the date when Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. was assassinated when he returned to Manila after three years in exile. After his assassination, many eyes had opened, many lips had spoken, and People Power saw victory. It was, at that moment, that inspired many Filipinos to fight for their freedom from the dictatorship. Ninoy Aquino Day, a day dedicated to remembering the death of a Filipino hero, is something that every generation must learn about. 

In this article, we will talk about not just the Ninoy Aquino day regular holiday but also every little bit of information that you must know about Aquino and why we are celebrating Ninoy holiday.

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About Ninoy Aquino Day

Ninoy Aquino Day is a special non-working holiday celebrated every August 21 to commemorate the death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., a major critic of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Aquino was one of the first to be arrested after the abolition of Congress and the declaration of martial law in 1972.

Ninoy Aquino Day History

By virtue of the Republic Act No. 2956, August 21 of every year is declared as “Ninoy Aquino Day,” a national non-working holiday, in order to commemorate the death anniversary of former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

Ninoy Aquino was a prominent Filipino journalist and politician who served the province of Tarlac as the mayor of Concepcion, provincial vice governor, and provincial governor.

He was a senator of the 7th Congress and became the staunch political rival of then-President Ferdinand Marcos. Aquino was one of the first to be arrested after the abolition of Congress and the declaration of martial law in 1972. He was put through a military trial, charged with murder, illegal possession of firearms, and subversion. He endured seven years of imprisonment before he was allowed to seek medical treatment in the United States for a heart condition. 

It was on August 21, 1983, when Ninoy Aquino returned from three years of exile in the US. It was against the advice of his mother, his closest advisers, and everyone else around him. But he did. He went home with security and the world media by his side. Ready as ever to face the Philippines and his rival, Ninoy stood up and walked to the plane’s exit. Before he could set foot on the tarmac, he was fatally shot. Landed with his face on the floor. His assassination started a chain of events that would eventually lead to the historic People Power Revolution of 1986.

He was survived by his wife, Corazon C. Aquino who ended the Marcos regime and became the first woman Philippine president; his four daughters; and his son, Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III who served as the president of the 14th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. 

Ninoy Aquino Holiday Date

The Ninoy Aquino holiday is celebrated in the Philippines every August 21.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ninoy Aquino Day

Q: Is Ninoy Aquino Day a national holiday?
A: Yes, Ninoy Aquino Day is a regular holiday. By virtue of Republic Act No. 9256 signed into law on February 25, 2004, the Philippine government declared August 21 a Philippine holiday to commemorate the life and death of Ninoy Aquino.

Q: Why is Ninoy Aquino Day celebrated?
A: Ninoy Aquino Day holiday is celebrated to commemorate the death of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. who was the most famous opponent of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. 

Q: When was Ninoy Aquino Day declared?
A: The Ninoy Aquino Day Regular Holiday was declared by virtue of Republic Act No. 2956 and signed into law in 2004.

Q: Is August 21 a holiday in the Philippines?
A: Yes, August 21 a Philippine holiday where we celebrate Ninoy Aquino Day holiday. 

Q: Is Aug 21 a legal holiday?
A: Yes, it is as we celebrate the Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21.

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