The Ninoy Aquino Monument is a bronze monument by sculptor Peter de Guzman which commemorates the slain of former senator and Filipino hero Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr., the father of the current President of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. As one of the leaders in the opposition against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, Ninoy protested the social injustices committed during the martial law for years and publicly attached Marcos’ regime.
Ninoy Aquino was assassinated in 1983 at the Manila International Airport. His widow, Corazon “Cory” C. Aquino, became part of the movement to regain democracy. In 1986, Cory Aquino ran against Marcos in the snap presidential elections. Despite massive cheating in the polls in favor of Marcos, Cory was sworn in as the first female President of the Philippines through a peaceful People Power Revolution.
Because of Ninoy Aquino’s heroism, the Ninoy Aquino Monument was built in the corner of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas in his honor. It is at the southwestern edge of Ayala Triangle where the Makati Stocks Exchange (south), Gabriela Silang Monument (south southeast) and the Filipinas Heritage Library (southeast) and are also situated.
The Ninoy Aquino Monument is depicting Ninoy with two bodyguards who are holding him, as if hiding from Ninoy’s back plausibly because they are afraid to fight. The fearless Ninoy stood proud that he is a Filipino who fought for country’s democracy.
The Ninoy Aquino Monument is an easy landmark. Most people who stays, works, and shops in Makati often pass through this landmark. This is nearby the underpass which a lot of people access, so asking for directions should be very easy.