In 2004, Congress passed Republic Act No. 9256, declaring August 21 of every year as Ninoy Aquino Day, a special non-working holiday, in order to commemorate the death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino, Jr. It’s one of the regular and national holidays contained in the subsequent law “rationalizing” the national holidays.
Ninoy is the husband of Corazon “Cory” Aquino. Ninoy was assassinated when he returned to the Philippines in 21 August 1983. Cory later became the President of the Philippines. President Cory died in 1 August 2009, a few days short of August 21, which is the Ninoy Aquino Day. Read more about Ninoy from iamNinoy.com or see the Ninoy Aquino Monument.
This year, 2009, August 21 (Friday) to August 23 (Sunday) is a long weekend (click to see other long weekends for 2009;the declared holidays in 2010 or 2011). August 21 is a special non-working holiday, to commemorate the death of Ninoy. Incidentally, the burial date of Pres. Cory Aquino, on August 5, 2009, has just been declared as a special non-working holiday (Proclamation 1851).
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