Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21) – Regular Holiday

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 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).

What comes to your mind with the celebration of Ninoy Aquino Day? Please use the comment section below.

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19 thoughts on “Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21) – Regular Holiday”

  1. @ Ena, thanks for pointing out that typo. I always appreciate fellow readers take time out to point out errors.

    @ Len, your comment really puzzled me because all along, I’ve known Ninoy as “Aquino, Jr.” The father of Ninoy, “Aquino, Sr.” of course, lived from 1894-1947.

  2. fred / len,

    i also think the late Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino is the Jr. of Benigno (?) Aquino, Sr. (1894 – 1947). what does the foregoing make of Benigno “Noy Noy” C. Aquino, Jr.? to clear the matter it’s best if the middle initial of Ninoy’s father is always included in his name so the name of each of these three gentlemen will be unique from each other.

    what do you think?

  3. Edmon, I believe there’s no confusion. Ninoy is Jr.
    On the other hand, Senator Noynoy is Benigno Aquino III (click here to see his Senate profile). If Noynoy would want to name his future son Benigno, then the son would be Benigno Aquino IV. So on and so forth.
    Now, some would say this shouldn’t be an issue. Perhaps the more current issue is whether Benigno III or Noynoy should run as President in the 2010 elections. Conrado de Quiros is very vocal in his call for Noynoy to run for President.

  4. HI, Fred,
    Indeed. But does Noynoy have the necessary tools to be the next president of a newly-industrialised country full of jealousy, intrigue, gossip—real or imagined, and turncoat politicians change their minds in a huff, where journalists tend to promote their own favourite politicians and after a year or two regret why they’ve put them there in the first place? Is he using his tools to promote good governance now that he’s a senator? What does his constituents think of him as a politician? Has he done something solid for his constituents, especially the farmers?
    I’ve been reading too much rubbish about the politicians vying for that golden position—the presidency and it makes me wonder why on earth do they want to be a president of a feudalistic society? Rich families and the new-rich are in tandem when it comes to promoting their wish list of senators, congressmen/women,for president. The truth of the matter is, these are the very people who do not want change, who refuse to change and who turn down change. Why? They—the Old and New money go hand in hand and when they are challenged, their fedualist tendencies show in their true form: and the same children of previous generation of politicians vie for the same positions until they get the gold prize—the presidency.
    As for the broadcasting networks who pound TV viewers with their favourites, it beggars belief that they—the media—who’s supposed to be guardians of sound, objective, balanced reporting–are the very people who abuse and misuse this form of media communication.
    The sad part of it is that, no matter what, Filipinos are still suckers to “sentimentality”, the “kawawa kami” mentality, the “bahala na” attitude. The very media that we need to rely on is not there to promote equality, fairness, and independence. Hence, the lack of self-reliance and self-belief is forever drowned by the cacophony of more intrigue, jealousy, squabbles, arguments, disagreements and dishonesty.
    For Noynoy or Mar Roxas to be the best of the best, they should now detach themselves from the usual hangers-on, opportunistic friends, and think more of the country as an arena of safe, reliable, honest, competitive, businesslike and business-minded. Our politicians are too insular to change the political process. If the point of being politicians is all about power and money, then they must at least prove their worth and come out yelling to the top of their voices: “I will change my attitude in a positive way so you guys can change yours.”
    I have registered as an absentee voter, but I will certainly vote for the right attitude, not the right man/woman, not popular one, but the one who already has a solid track record. Above all, I will not vote for those relatives of previous generation’s politicians since this is just prolonging the agony.

  5. “…yelling at the top of their voices…” somehow, our politicians are tactical in that sense, except that they too lack the necessary skills to make our country what it should have been these last two decades: confident, open-minded, businesslike, fair, sensible, balanced in their personal views, and none of the opportunistic tendencies that surface all too often. (unedited comments. apologies…spontaneity is good…)

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