Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Josua Chan with a portrait of Ninoy Aquino in the background



The death of Ninoy Aquino has brought a lot of pain to the Filipino people. Still breathing under sinister whispers whether those imprisoned for it were truly those who did it or not, the crime has not been paid for in full. The truth remains that the mastermind is still at large. As a result, any pain from the incident has not ebbed from the memories of those living in the Philippines. It has given birth to various movements for peace, including a facility called the Aquino Center and Museum that's more like a sanctuary for souls that seek solace in Tarlac.

Managed by the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, the facility is proof that Aquino-related spaces are prominent in the province. Having toured Tarlac a few months ago with primary visits to a goat farm, a vegetable garden that serves organic meals, and a ride of the ATV at the lahar lava trail, I did not expect to evade an invitation from the tourism office of Tarlac to visit the Aquino Center and Museum. Since I was awfully tired from covering two destinations that fateful day of the invite, my contributing photographer, Josua Chan, eagerly represented me at the facility to meet its manager, Karen Nina Lacsamana-Carrera.

Josua's visit at the center and museum was a month before the Museums and Galleries Month (October -- by virtue of Proclamation No. 798, s. 1991), but it's the November 27 birth anniversary of the slain former senator Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. that usually brings throngs of visitors at the facility. And, as expected, on the same day this year, his memory will be commemorated, allowing guests the minimum donation of only P50 instead of the usual P100 (students get to pay P50 any day; P80 for senior citizens on ordinary days).

If Ninoy was alive today, he would have been 82 years old. This painful reality is the centerpiece of the destination that's a stroll away from the Microtel By Wyndham-Luisita, our hotel base for the Tarlac tour. Interestingly, the center and museum houses not just the memorabilia of Ninoy but also that of his wife, the late President Corazon "Cory" Aquino.

The place also boasts of conference facilities that provide an inspiring setting for leadership formation, training, team-building and fellowship among companies, government agencies, non-government organizations, and civic and trade groups.

Non-fans of the Aquino family can take comfort in the knowledge that they can also hold memorable experiences at the venue in forms of wedding receptions, parties and other social events.

Photography by
Josua Chan

The Aquino Center and Museum 
Address: Luisita Industrial Park Road (Luisita Access Road), San Miguel, Tarlac, Philippines 2301
Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: (+63) 45-985-0968 and (+63) 45-985-0969

Check out my "I Love Tarlac!" Blog Series Tour posts:
Capas ATV Adventure: Tarlac's Mount Pinatubo Lahar Destination

Microtel By Wyndham-Luisita
Good Earth Garden Cafe: Organic Dining In Tarlac
JSJ Goat Farm: A Refreshing Tarlac Discovery
Chap's Diner: Dining In Tarlac's Kart City


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