Ninoy Aquino Monument
The bronze monument by sculptor Peter de Guzman commemorates slain former senator and Filipino hero Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr. As one of the leaders in the opposition against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, Ninoy protested the social injustices committed during the martial law years and publicly attacked Marcos’ regime. He was assassinated in 1983 at the Manila International Airport. His widow, Corazon “Cory” C. Aquino, became part of the movement to regain democracy in 1985, Cory Aquino ran against Marcos in the snap presidential elections. Despite massive cheating in the polls in favor of Marcos, Cory was sworn in as the first female president of the Philippines through a peaceful People Power Revolution
Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.
Nov. 27, 1932 – August 21, 1983
Reading his annihilation
In the eyes of his military escorts,
He yet followed them to certain death,
Answering his own question:
“Is the Filipino worth dying for?”
By showing how a man
Can die for his people
He inspired them to stand up
And fight for their freedom.