We know that there’s a National Heroes Day in the official list of public holidays throughout the Philippines. We know there’s supposed to be no work or school on National Heroes Day, just like any holiday. When we dug deeper, we realized that there’s more confusion surrounding this holiday. Continue reading Confused About the National Heroes Day?
Today, August 21, the Philippines celebrates Ninoy Aquino Day, a national holiday to commemorate the life and death of a martyr, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, who, like thousands of Filipinos during the Martial Law of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, fought for the restoration of freedom and democracy. Ninoy Aquino — the husband of former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino and the father of President Benigno “Noynoy Aquino III — was assassinated the very moment he came back to the Philippines on August 21, 1983. There are great documentaries about the life, struggle and death of Ninoy. The best informative video, in our opinion, is not a documentary but the speech delivered by Ninoy two years before his death. On February 15, 1981, Ninoy was the speaker in a symposium by the Movement for a Free Philippines (MFP) at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. Please take time (almost 2 hours) to watch the full speech (divided into nine parts): Continue reading Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Day: The Speech You Should Watch
Three different concepts. EDSA. People Power. Monument. These three concepts represent something powerful that resounds throughout the world even to this day. Continue reading EDSA People Power Monument
Whatever I was doing on the 25th day of February 1986, I can’t remember. I was too young to remember or to care about a peaceful people’s uprising that ended a 20-year dictatorship. And inspired the whole world to this very day. Continue reading Remembering the EDSA People Power: 25th Anniversary
Perhaps you’re wondering why this “shrine” deserves a separate post, when it could easily be incorporated in our previous post on the Ninoy Aquino Day. Or why not feature the more famous Ninoy monuments/statues in Makati City or in Tarlac? Continue reading Ninoy Aquino Monument (Quezon City)
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. Continue reading Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21) – Regular Holiday
The city is a concrete jungle, full of greenery artificially created by people to resemble the plants and trees that nature has nurtured for years. There’s plenty of breathtaking scenery in the city — view from the Philippines’ tallest building in Makati or the seemingly endless labyrinths of gigantic malls, among others. Continue reading Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center (Quezon City)