Ninoy Aquino Day
Ninoy Aquino died 22 years ago on August 21, 1983. I was just eight years old and a third grade elementary school student of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) during that time. I didn’t really know who Ninoy was but everybody was talking about him. After all, he was a “kapampangan” and I was living in Pampanga, which was a “Ninoy country” during that time.
One thing I remember, when Ninoy’s casket passed by Angeles City on the way to San Fernando our classes was suspended. I was already in school that time and had to walk for more than two kilometers from school to home since the traffic was blocked due to the thousands of mourners who joined the funeral march. On my way, I saw a one-dollar bill which made me so excited. I thought I’d keep it since nobody was there during that time. I’d kept that bill until a few days later when I exchanged it for eleven pesos.
At school, we never really talked about the merits of Ninoy Aquino. I just remember that speculations about who killed him or ordered to kill him continued for days, weeks, months and years.
It wasn’t until I was in my first year in high school, a year after the “People Power Revolution”, that I became interested in Ninoy. I tried to watch every documentary shown on television. I remember clips of his speeches abroad. One of them was when he told a joke about a Japanese who once spoke to him. The Japanese apparently told him “You Filipinos are very rucky (lucky). You have a president who roves (loves) you and a first lady who roves (loves) you more.”
I’m reminded of Ninoy more when I came here in Korea. At 17, he went to Korea as a correspondent during the war (1950-1953). And of course, the movie “Koreana” which starred Nida Blanca was written by him.
I don’t know a lot about Ninoy. My only knowledge of him were from the documentaries I saw and articles that I read. I would like to know more about him. I would like to read what he had written and listen to all the speeches that he had delivered.