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‘He worked hard to win my love’: Kris Aquino remembers dad Ninoy on his death anniversary

Kris Aquino took to social media to pay tribute to her late father, slain senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., on the occasion of his 37th death anniversary.

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08/22/2020 08:51 AM
‘He worked hard to win my love’: Kris Aquino remembers dad Ninoy on his death anniversary
Photo credit: @krisaquino IG

Kris Aquino on Friday, August 21, took to social media to pay tribute to her late father, slain senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., on the occasion of his 37th death anniversary.

On Instagram, Kris, the youngest of Ninoy’s five children with the late former president Corazon Aquino, shared a photo of her “first winter in Boston” with her parents. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

From our 1st winter in Boston... God greatly blessed me for that was the only time in my life i experienced what having a dad was really like. My mom told me i was lucky because my dad made time for me to truly get to know him (i was 1 year & 7 months old when he was imprisoned.) and he worked hard to win my love- i was the bunso that got the most & the best of him (maybe he had an inkling that we only had 3 years of borrowed time)- he went to all my school programs, went with my mom and charmed all the Sisters teaching in my school when it was time to get my report card, and we had monthly “just the 2 of us” book shopping and ice cream dates... i know i’ve shared this story many times, when “Return of the Jedi” had its opening day, my dad patiently waited in line with me (almost 4 hours) so we could watch together. The local news was interviewing those in line & i was 1 of those chosen. My dad was so excited & since that was before cellphones, he left me & went home to tell my mom to please record the local news just in case i was chosen as part of the feature. Maybe even in 1983 they were already conscious about diversity, and my soundbite did air. When we got home, and my dad & i watched the tape, it remains unforgettable for me the look of pride in his face. From my parents i have learned that the strength and resiliency of our children, and their determination to work hard to fulfill their ambitions will come from the love & encouragement they saw in the eyes of their parents. Thanks to my Dad for allowing me to believe that my dreams could & would come true, because looking back, ALMOST everything we ever discussed- they did come true. Isa na lang ang utang ko sa kanya... Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino Jr. November 27, 1932-August 21, 1983


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“God greatly blessed me for that was the only time in my life I experienced what having a dad was really like. My mom told me I was lucky because my dad made time for me to truly get to know him,” said Kris, who recalled that she was only 1 year and 7 months old when her father was imprisoned under the Marcos regime.

Ninoy was behind bars from 1972 until 1980, when he went on self-exile in the United States with his family. In 1983, the Aquino patriarch was shot and killed upon his return to the Philippines. 

In her post honoring her father, Kris said that her dad “worked hard to win my love.”

“I was the bunso that got the most and the best of him (maybe he had an inkling that we only had 3 years of borrowed time),” she said.

“He went to all my school programs, went with my mom and charmed all the Sisters teaching in my school when it was time to get my report card, and we had monthly ‘just the 2 of us’ book shopping and ice cream dates,” she added. 

She also shared a story about how, in 1983, Ninoy waited in line with her for almost 4 hours when Star Wars: Return of the Jedi opened in cinemas.

“The local news was interviewing those in line and I was one of those chosen. My dad was so excited and since that was before cellphones, he left me and went home to tell my mom to please record the local news just in case I was chosen as part of the feature. Maybe even in 1983 they were already conscious about diversity, and my soundbite did air,” she said.

“When we got home,” continued Kris, “and my dad I watched the tape, it remains unforgettable for me the look of pride in his face.” 

Kris went on: “From my parents I have learned that the strength and resiliency of our children, and their determination to work hard to fulfill their ambitions will come from the love and encouragement they saw in the eyes of their parents.”

“Thanks to my Dad for allowing me to believe that my dreams could and would come true, because looking back, ALMOST everything we ever discussed — they did come true,” she added.