“The Filipino is worth dying for”, a one-liner statement attributed to Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino, Jr., a well-known opposition figure and critic of the then-President Ferdinand Marcos. Due to his stances, he was later imprisoned for about eight years after martial law was declared in the country. He was assassinated on August 21, 1983 just minutes after his plane arrived in Manila International Airport (now Ninoy Aquino International Airport).
He was deemed as the greatest president we never had. His death leads to the downfall of the Marcos regime through the bloodless EDSA People Power Revolution from February 22-25, 1986 and involved over two million Filipino civilians, political, military and religious groups. This victory had put his wife, Corazon Aquino as the 11th President of the Republic of the Philippines.
His famous qoutes an pictures are usually printed in t-shirts, posters, stickers and even wristband and is worn by many. Aquino and EDSA Revolution is signified by the color yellow thus the Yellow Revoution and the yellow ribbon. Supporters of Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, Ninoy's son and the current president also used the same symbols during the 2010 Elections.
This annual commemoration of his death should again remind each and every Filipino to value the freedom we are enjoying right now. The freedom that had once been taken away from us and great people in history had fought and died for. Let us not just enjoy the long weekends as we again celebrate Ninoy’s legacy this year but more importantly let us remember the wisdom of what he was really trying to say when he said “The Filipino is worth dying for.”