Today is an important holiday in Filipino history, marking August 21 as Ninoy Aquino Day. Created in 2004, this day forever commemorates the life and legacy of a beloved hero of freedom. Filipinos remember the ultimate sacrifice that Ninoy Aquino made for the people of the Philippines.
Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. was an influential and inspirational Filipino political figure who fought for independence and a free democracy. After serving prison time for his opposition to then President Ferdinand Marcos, Aquino, who had gone into exile upon his release; planned on reentering Filipino politics. Tragically, he was assassinated upon returning to the islands in 1983. Today, Filipinos remember Aquino’s famous words, “The Filipino is worth dying for.”