Ninoy Aquino Day in the Philippines

When is Ninoy Aquino Day in Philippines?

Ninoy Aquino Day in Philippines is on August 21, 2024. It falls on Wednesday.

How many days until Ninoy Aquino Day in Philippines?

There are 34 Days left until Ninoy Aquino Day in the Philippines.

Is Ninoy Aquino Day a public holiday in Philippines?

Ninoy Aquino Day, locally known as Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Aquino, is an annual commemoration held every August 21st in the Philippines. The holiday marks the life and death of Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. It commemorates his assassination which took place on August 21, 1983.

Ninoy Aquino Day is a national non-working holiday where most workers are given a day off. Schools and government offices are closed on this day. While there are some businesses which suspend operation, other business establishments may continue to operate as usual.

Origin of Ninoy Aquino Day

Ninoy Aquino Day is a commemoration of Ninoy’s assassination which took place on August 21, 1983. His untimely death played an important role in modern Philippine democracy. Today, Ninoy Aquino Day is celebrated every August 21st in the Philippines under Republic Act No. 9256, which was signed into law in 2004.

Who is Ninoy Aquino?

Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. is a Filipino politician who served as a Senator in the Philippines from year 1962 to 1972, during the presidency of Ferdinand E. Marcos. He was one of Ferdinand Marcos' most outspoken critics and acts as the chief opposition leader during Marcos’ era of dictatorship.

Aquino suffered from a heart attack and went to the US to seek medical treatment. After his surgery, he flew back to the Philippines with plans of participating in the upcoming elections, however, he was assassinated while leaving the airplane at Manila Airport. Speculations are made that his death was under the orders of Marcos, resulting to an uproar from the general public.

Importance of Ninoy Aquino in the Philippine History

"Ninoy" Aquino Jr.’s assassination paved the way for his widow, Corazon Aquino to launch the "People Power" movement in 1986. The People Power Revolution, also known as EDSA Revolution, is a nonviolent revolution which gathered millions of unarmed Filipino civilians to march along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), with the goal of ending former President Marcos’ era of dictatorship. This peaceful revolution led to the removal of Marcos from power, ending his two decades of presidency, and restoring the Philippine democracy. Corazon Aquino was then inaugurated as the 11th President of the Philippines, making her the first woman to hold the Philippine Presidential office.


Ninoy Aquino Day Traditions in the Philippines

Since Ninoy Aquino Day is considered a special non-working day, many Filipinos are given a day off. However, for those employees who need to work, they will be receiving an additional 30% of their regular rate.

How do Filipinos celebrate Ninoy Aquino Day?

In the Philippines, celebrations of Ninoy Aquino Day varies. If the holiday falls on a weekday, the majority take it as an additional rest day. Some just relax at home while others may hit the malls or go on a short trip. On the other hand, there are also other people who choose to participate to the special events held for the day.

Commemoration Ceremony

A commemoration ceremony is typically held during the celebration of Ninoy Aquino Day. Activities are prepared to honor his death and his contribution to the modern Philippine democracy. The EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC) is the agency tasked to handle these events which are often attended by several government officials. These events are broadcasted via televisions, radios, and other social media outlets for the public to see.

Dates of Observance for Ninoy Aquino Day
Year Date Day Holiday
2024 August 21 Wednesday Ninoy Aquino Day
2025 August 21 Thursday Ninoy Aquino Day
2026 August 21 Friday Ninoy Aquino Day
2027 August 21 Saturday Ninoy Aquino Day
2028 August 21 Monday Ninoy Aquino Day
2029 August 21 Tuesday Ninoy Aquino Day
Upcoming Philippines Holidays
Holiday Date
Iglesia ni Cristo Day July 27, 2024
Ninoy Aquino Day August 21, 2024
National Heroes' Day August 26, 2024
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