The Aquino Center is a museum dedicated to the late Senator Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino, Jr. and his wife, the late President Corazon 'Cory' Aquino. The modern building was designed by noted Filipino architect Francisco Manosa and is located in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac Province, north of Metro Manila. It is easily accessible via the new Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, taking the Luisita exit.
The world class museum has a small theater where visitors can watch a short film about the life of Ninoy Aquino culminating in his assasination and the EDSA Revolution that restored freedom and democracy to the Philippines. The museum features displays and historical objects about the same topics, capturing his political career, imprisonment under Ferdinand Marcos (his prison cell is recreated in the museum), his exile to the United States, return and death. The protest movement that his death triggered, culminating in the election of his widow Cory Aquino to the presidency, and the EDSA Revolution are also featured. The rest of the museum is devoted to the presidency of Cory Aquino.
This attraction is well worth the day trip from Manila or a side trip if going to Clark or further north like Baguio. Filipinos and foreign visitors alike will find it very informative and moving, and the quality of the exhibits is very good. For example, the bloodstained suit that Ninoy Aquino was murdered in is carefully preserved and displayed.
My only issue with this attraction which stops me from rating it excellent is that they have no website and therefore it is difficult to plan a visit ahead of time.
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