Melchora Aquino, known as the Mother of the Philippine Revolution, was arrested and imprisoned in Bilibid by Spanish authorities on Aug. 29, 1896. While detained, she was subjected to interrogations but refused to give information about the Katipunan. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Today, Aug. 25, is the 90th birth anniversary of former senator Gerardo M. Roxas. Born in Manila in 1924, Roxas was a brilliant lawyer, congressman and dedicated public servant. He died on April 20, 1982.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Former Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. was assassinated on the tarmac of Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983. His 11-hour funeral march 10 days later from Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City to Manila Memorial Park, Parañaque, is considered one of the longest in Philippine history. Ninoy Aquino Day is marked every Aug. 21 under Republic Act No. 9256 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Feb. 25, 2004.
By Christian V. Esguerra
Showing the Filipino was “worth dying for” more than three decades ago, the late Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. remains a “shining example” of heroism that could inspire and guide a new generation of Filipinos.
By Emmie G. Velarde
, Entertainment Editor
For 41 years, photographs on this page were stashed in a sealed envelope that occupied a place of honor among his “chaotic” files—a vast collection of black-and-whites, his life’s work.