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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Nino Aquino Day

The whole Philippines commemorate the death anniversary of former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" S. Aquino, Jr. last Friday, August 21, 2009. It was a national non-working holiday in the Philippines observed annually for commemorating of the 1983 assassination of former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. He was the husband of Corazon Aquino, who was later to become Philippine President; they are treated as two of the heroes of democracy in the country. His assassination led to the downfall of Ferdinand Marcos on February 25, 1986, through the People Power Revolution. In 2004, the commemoration ceremony for the holiday was held and events were attended by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Fidel V. Ramos.

Civil society groups staged a tribute to him at Makati's financial district, site of the many protest marches in the 70s and 80s against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

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