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.
Roberto Concepcion, the 10th Chief Justice of the country, was born on June 7, 1903, in Manila. Concepcion finished his law degree at the University of Sto. Tomas and topped the 1924 bar exams. He was appointed associate justice of the Supreme Court in 1954 and chief justice in 1966. Concepcion died on May 3, 1987, at the age of 83. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
TODAY, April 23, is the 162nd birth anniversary of Bishop Jorge Barlin Imperial, the first Filipino Catholic bishop. Born in 1852, he was ordained to priesthood at the age of 28. His episcopal consecration was held on June 29, 1906, in Manila. Bishop Barlin also delivered the invocation at the inauguration of the Philippine Assembly in 1907. He died on Sept. 4, 1909. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
By Maurice Malanes
For many, World War II is remembered for its pain, untold suffering and death. Elders would advise their children not to forget these so they can continue to learn from history and not repeat its mistakes.
Today is the 89th death anniversary of the late Trinidad Pardo de Tavera. Born on April 13, 1857, in Manila, he was a notable scholar, physician and propagandist. In 1899, he founded the newspaper “La Democracia.” He also served as a University of the Philippines regent in 1908 and director of the Philippine Library and Museum in 1923. He died in 1925 at the age of 67. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research