To many Filipinos, Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. is a symbol of freedom.
He’s remembered as the man who fought against the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the Philippines as a dictator for 14 years.
His untimely death through assassination in 1983 was what ultimately sparked the end of the Marcos regime—ousted by the Filipino public through the symbolic ‘People Power Revolution’ of 1986.
And it’s due to this indelible mark he left, that he’s always fondly recalled—even immortalized through the Philippine 500 peso bill along with his wife Corazon Aquino, who became the 11th and first Filipina President of the Philippines.
However, did you know that there’s also a memorial set up for Ninoy inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)?
The marker was commissioned by his wife and then president Corazon and was erected during the 3rd anniversary of his assassination on August 21, 1986.
The plaque was placed exactly where Ninoy was shot and killed right after he returned to the Philippines from his self-imposed exile in the US.
To this day—38 years after his passing—supporters still visit the site to commemorate his life and the sacrifice he made for the country’s democracy.
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