Ninoy's parents were wealthy hacenderos Benigno Aquino Sr
and Aurora Lampa
. They owned vast tracts of lands in Tarlac namely the Hacienda Maling, Hacienda Sawang and Hacienda Murcia. Aquino Sr. was also a former congressman at the House of Representatives (1919-1928) and Senator (1928-1934). Ninoy had eleven siblings, most prominent were former Senator Butz Aquino
and Congresswoman Tessie Aquino-Oreta
Ninoy's grandfather was General Servillano Aquino
, who served in the revolutionary army under Emilio Aguinaldo
, and was a delegate to the 1898 Malolos Congress.
Ninoy began his studies at De La Salle College during elementary, but finished at Saint Joseph's College of Quezon City. He then completed secondary school at San Beda College. Aquino interrupted his college studies at Ateneo de Manila, where he took-up a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later studied Law at the University of the Philippines Diliman, but later decided to pursue a career in journalism.
Aquino married former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino
in 1953. He had five children with her, former President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III
, celebrity Kris Aquino
, Ballsy, Viel and Pinky.