Benigno Aquino Triangle

Hillside Av southbound & 184 Pl

Queens

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. (1932-1983) was a martyr for political freedom and a national leader in the Philippines. Aquino was shot and killed in Manila Airport on August 23, 1983 on his return to the Philippines after a three-year exile in the United States.

Born to a wealthy and politically involved family, Aquino followed the path of his relatives and rapidly became involved in politics after a brief tenure as a journalist. His rise was formidable, though marked by a constant opposition to his future adversary, Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989.) Aquino was Mayor of his hometown of Concepcion by 1955, Vice-Governor of Tarlac province by 1959, Governor of that province by 1961, Secretary General of the Liberal Party by 1966, and Senator by 1967.

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