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CONCEPCION, TARLAC - President Benigno Aquino III led Saturday the unveiling of a marker of the Aquino family ancestral house in Concepcion, Tarlac, which had been declared by the National Historical Commission (NHC) as a historical site in 1987.
The NHC said the government declared the Aquino ancestral house as a landmark because of its historical significance, being the home of well-known patriots from the Aquino clan.
Three generations of Aquinos lived in the house since it was built in 1939. One of the Aquios who lived there was General Servillano Aquino, the great grandfather of the present president.
General Aquino was a Katipunero who joined the revolution against the Spaniards. He also fought the Americans during the Filipino-American war.
The president’s grandfather, Benigno Aquino Sr., also lived in the house. Aquino Sr. was the speaker of the national assembly, became a Tarlac representative, a senator and secretary of agriculture and commerce.
Also, Benigno Aquino Jr., the father of the president, resided in the ancestral house when he was the mayor of Concepcion town. He then became Tarlac governor and eventually senator. He fought the dictatorial leadership of former President Ferdinand Marcos and was assassinated in August 1983.
NHC declared the Aquino home historical landmark in 1987 based on its board resolution 1 series of 1987.
Since its building in 1939 with the help of wood craftsmen from Pampanga, the surviving Aquino family members decided to renovate the house this year so the public could appreciate its historical value.
Aside from unveiling of the marker, the president was in Concepcion Saturday to join other Aquino family members in celebrating the 80th birthday of Maria Aurora Aquino Lichauco, the president’s aunt. Aquino-Lichauco is the eldest of all the seven Aquino siblings.
Among those who joined the occasion were Aquino family members, Rep. Jesli Lapuz (Tarlac District III), Concepcion Mayor Noel Villanueva and Concepcion barangay officials.