Actress-host Kris Aquino has paid tribute to her father, slain senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino II.
As the country remembers the 36th death anniversary of “Father of Democracy,” Aquino took to social media to honor him.
On Tuesday night, Aquino posted a photo of her with sister Ballsy and their parents, former president president Corazon C. Aquino and the former senator.
Kris said the photo was taken months before the assassination of the late politician in August 1983.
“Taken a couple of months before our father was assassinated… bakit ate & me lang? because at that time, camera shy talaga si Pinky, Noy, and Viel… in loving remembrance of the 1st man who gave me the courage & the wings to believe in my dreams, together with all my love for the woman who instilled in me, the backbone to make sure my childhood wishes became reality,” Kris wrote in the caption.
“Dad knew how to make people feel special and important. Mom knew how to make us feel protected & encouraged us to be the best versions of ourselves… God blessed me way more than i deserved with the parents who gave me life, and the sons na ngayon naman, ako na ang nagpapalaki… Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr. 27 November 1932-21 August 1983,” Kris added.
In another Facebook post, Kris also shared a throwback photo of her and the late senator, who taught her meaningful life lessons.
Kris said her father always believed that she will make it big on tv.
“My dad was killed when he was only 50 years old… my mom saw my 1st commercial, 1st tv show, and the 1st movie- all those ‘firsts’ that the man carrying me here always said would one day happen. Ang mom pagsasabihan pa sya, “dad, don’t get her hopes up.” But HE would whisper to me “beautiful, you’ll be on tv and starring in movies, and signing autographs,’” Kris recalled.
Kris then encouraged parents to support their children’s dreams, just like what her father did.
“Siguro kaya hindi ako sumusuko sa laban ng buhay kasi number 1 lesson ng dad: kung choice mo ang public life, whether in politics or entertainment, bawal ang pikon. 2nd rule: life should be lived guided by addition and never subtraction… dad, i am infinitely proud that i’m yours and mom’s, baby,” Kris wrote in the caption.
The 1983 assassination of Ninoy sparked street protests that eventually led to the downfall of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in February 1986.