10 Interesting Facts About The Life Of Ninoy Aquino

posted on: Thursday, November 27, 2014
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It’s the 82nd birthday of one of the most beloved figure in the Philippines. Let’s get to know more about Benigno Aquino, Jr. through these 10 interesting facts about his life and death:

1. Ninoy was the youngest journalist to cover the Korean War.

Ninoy: Ideals & Ideologies | Presidential Museum and Library

He was just 18 when he covered the war for the newspaper, . You can see a picture of him as a war correspondent in the old 500 peso bill.



2. He used to be the nation’s youngest Mayor.

Ninoy: Ideals & Ideologies 1932-1983

He was elected of Concepcion, Tarlac at the age of 22 in 1955, a year after his marriage. He was surpassed in 2007 by who was elected Mayor of Inabanga, Bohol at the age of 21.


3. He used to be the nation’s youngest Vice Governor.

Ninoy: Ideals & Ideologies | Presidential Museum and Library

He was the of Tarlac at the age of 27 in 1959. He was then elected as Governor 2 years later.

He was later surpassed by in 2013 when Revilla was elected as Vice Governor of Cavite at the age of 25.


4. Ninoy is the youngest Senator in Philippine history.


Elected in 1967 at the , he faced an underage suit filed in the Supreme Court against him on October 1967. He was successfully defended by Senators Jovito Salonga and Estanislao Fernandez of his underage status.


5. Ninoy was credited for the surrender of Luis Taruc.

Ninoy: Ideals & Ideologies

In this picture taken in 1954, a young Ninoy Aquino negotiates with , the leader of the rebel group Hukbalahap. Ninoy was appointed as personal emissary to Luis Taruc by President Magsaysay. After 4 months of negotiation, Taruc surrendered unconditionally to the government.


6. There was a time when he dated Imelda Marcos (then Imelda Romualdez).


Ninoy in an described Imelda as “the most beautiful woman”. Imelda said that Ninoy her in their youth but when “he met this rich girl he dropped her like a hot potato.”


7. Ninoy went home using the alias “Marcial Bonifacio”.

Edward Calugtong via Flickr

His petition for passport renewal was denied by the Marcos government so he flew to Singapore and applied for a tourist visa at the Chinese Embassy under the  Marcial Bonifacio: Marcial for martial law and Bonifacio for Fort Bonifacio, his former prison.


8. He had a death mask created after his death, along with FPJ.

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The masks were done by National Artist for Sculpture, Napoleon Abueva.

Ninoy’s is less defined than Fernando Poe Jr’s since his face was full of blood and still swelling when the sculptor made the mask (you’ll see this further below the list).


9. Ninoy was one of the only three Presidential spouses to be murdered.

ffemagazine.com | Presidential Museum and Library PH’s Flickr page

Pres. Manuel Quezon’s wife, Aurora, along with her daughter and son-in-law were killed in a Hukbalahap ambush in 1949. The other was the wife of Pres. Elpidio Quirino, Alicia Syquia-Quirino, who was murdered along with her 3 children by the Japanese during the World War II.


10. His mutilated was left uncleaned as requested by her mother.

(Warning, the picture below may disturb you.)



Do not clean up the wound that disfigured Ninoy’s face, told undertakers. Keep his bloodstained jacket. “I want them to see what they did to my son.”

If he wasn’t assassinated, do you think he would have been elected President of the Philippines? Would he have been a good President?