Fans queasy over ‘Little Superstar’ title: Nora Aunor expresses full support for ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod

Diehard Noranians are up against the use of ‘Little Superstar’ alluded to The Voice Kids grand champion Lyca Gairanod.

Very few fans are happy about the comparison – that a new discovery, even faring better, as Nora Aunor was 14 when she won a national singing competition and sold water at the train station while Lyca won at 9 and scavenged for garbage for a living, at times singing at homes in exchange for a few pesos and scrap materials.

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Nora Aunor accepting her Gawad Plaridel award

(See related stories ‘Little Superstar’ wins: Lyca Gairanod is ‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion! https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/little-superstar-lyca-gairanod-is-the-voice-kids-grand-champion/ and ‘TVK’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod shows mettle in own ‘MMK’ story: Wow, the little girl can act! https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/tvk-grand-champion-lyca-gairanod-shows-mettle-in-own-mmk-story-wow-the-little-girl-can-act/)

Most are saying, “Walang makakapantay kay Nora, nag-iisa siya, siya lang ang may karapatan sa title na Superstar. Gamit na gamit na ni Lyca at ng mga taong nasa likod niya ang titulong ‘yan para ma-push siya. (No one can be at par with Nora, she’s the only one who has the right for the Superstar title. Lyca and the people behind her have overused that title to push her up).”

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‘The Voice Kids’ grand champion Lyca Gairanod

Some comments are worse than that.

They’re fans who can’t be blamed for their sky-high adulation for their idol.

But what’s Nora’s take on this?

Right after her recognition as this year’s Gawad Plaridel awardee last August 27 at the University of the Philippines, the Superstar was asked by the media several questions.

One of the questions was how she felt about a young girl who just won a national singing competition and is being tagged as ‘Little Superstar.’

“Ay, maganda po ‘yun. Dapat tulungan natin ‘yung mga katulad na ganung kabataan sapagkat ‘yan po kapag nagtagal, ‘yan po ang tutulong naman sa kabataan na susunod sa kanila, kaya kailangan tulungan natin (Oh, that’s good. We should support the youth like her because in the long run, young people like those will be the ones to help the next generation, that’s why we need to support (Lyca),” the Superstar said.

Ate Guy (term of endearment for her) also said she’s reviving her movie outfit, NV Productions, but needs to finish all her commitments first but hopefully, it shall be before the end of 2014.

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Manunuri (Critic) Nic Tiongson with his statement poster for Nora being a multi-media artist

As to when she’ll be doing a mainstream (commercial) movie again, as all she’s been doing all these time were indies, she said there’s no difference between an indie and a mainstream movie.

“Walang pagkakaiba dahil nakakagawa ng maganda na indie, naipalalabas sa ibang bansa, at nagbibigay ito ng karangalan para sa Pilipinas, kagaya ng ‘Thy Womb,’ ang ‘Hustisya’… mapupunta rin sa filmfest (abroad) sa buong mundo (There’s no difference [between an indie film and commercial movie] because good indies are being made, shown in other countries and bring honors for the Philippines, like ‘Thy Womb,’ ‘Hustisya’… will also compete in filmfests all over the world.”

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It was Nora Aunor’s recent triumphs abroad (particularly for Thy Womb) that she’s getting recognitions left and right, mostly from educational institutions, notwithstanding the fact that her elevation as National Artist was bypassed by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

(See related story Ill-advised or just plain ignorant?: PNoy’s pronouncement why Nora Aunor did not pass as National Artist tantamount to slander and libel https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/ill-advised-or-just-plain-ignorant-pnoys-pronouncement-why-nora-aunor-did-not-pass-as-national-artist-tantamount-to-slander-and-libel/)

The award, named after Marcelo H. del Pilar (who used Plaridel as pen name, was a Filipino writer, lawyer and journalist and the second and last editor of La Solidaridad, the newspaper of the Reform Movement in Spain), is bestowed upon a Filipino media practitioner who has achieved success in media – film, print, TV and radio.

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Nora ecstatic with her Cinemalaya X Best Actress win for ‘Hustisya’

It’s given this year to Nora for her contribution to movies and television on top of radio, recording and stage.

In a video presentation, Dr. Grace Javier-Alfonso, head of the Critics Circle (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino), said, “Before Nora, white, chiseled, and Caucasian was the standard of beauty, stature and admiration.”

Nora drastically changed the playing field by asserting that the Filipino with his brown complexion, overflowing with talent, could even be more beautiful than the accepted Caucasian standard in Philippine movies.

Other recipients of the prestigious award were Eugenia Duran-Apostol (founder of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2004, print), Vilma Santos (2005, film), Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo (2006, radio), Cecilia “Cheche” L. Lazaro (2007, television), Pachico A. Seares (2008, community print), Kidlat Tahimik (2009, independent filmmaking), Eloisa “Lola Sela” Canlas (2011, radio), Florence “Rosa Rosal” Danon-Gayda (2012, television), and Jose “Pete” Lacaba (2013, print).

Nora is also fresh from her triumph as Best Actress in Cinemalaya X for the movie Hustisya helmed by Joel Lamangan in the Directors Showcase category.

She was called by the presenter as Our National Artist and was given standing ovation as she walked up the stage and accepted her trophy.

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With Cinemalaya X co-winners

Her movie was also the topgrossing film as it made rounds in Ayala Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center) on top of the regular showing at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Hustisya also won the Audience Choice Award and the prestigious NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award for “its timely and relevant commentary on the social realities of the country through the female lead character and various notorious personalities plaguing Philippine society.”

Meanwhile, Nora’s first official horror movie, Dementia, directed by TV executive Perci Intalan is hitting theaters on September 24.

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‘Dementia’ hits theaters September 24

The film, shot in Batanes, also stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Bing Loyzaga, Chynna Ortaleza, Althea Vega, Jeric Gonzales and Yul Servo.

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Ill-advised or just plain ignorant?: PNoy’s pronouncement why Nora Aunor did not pass as National Artist tantamount to slander and libel

After Superstar Nora Aunor was sidelined in the bestowal of National Artist honors, and being silent for days until she finally gave her piece on the issue, now comes the President of the Republic of the Philippines explaining his side on the matter.

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Nora Aunor

Said he: “Noong humarap sa akin itong mga nominations, isa lang naman ang tanong: Ano ba ang titulo? National Artist. At sa aking pananaw, ‘yung National Artist ‘yung binibigyan natin ng honor na ito, puri na ganito, dahil gusto natin sabihin malaki ang inambag sa lahing Pilipino at dapat tularan. Ang naging problema ko lang doon, alam naman natin lahat na iginagalang ko ulit si Binibining Nora Aunor, na-convict po siya sa drugs. Na-convict at naparusahan at ang tanong ngayon dito, pag ginawa ba nating National Artist may mensahe ba akong maliwanag na sinasabi sa sambayanan?”

(When I was faced with these nominations, there was only one question: What’s the title? National Artist. And as I see, a National Artist, the one we’re giving this honor to, this acclamation, it’s because we want to say (the person) has greatly contributed to the Filipino race and imitable. My only problem there, we all know that, again I respect Miss Nora Aunor, she was convicted for drugs. Convicted and punished and the question here now, if we make (her) National Artist do I have I a clear message that I’m telling the whole nation?)

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President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III

The President further explained that the use of illegal drugs is a growing problem in the country and that Mexican and African drug syndicates had been trying to set up operations in the Philippines.

PNoy’s pronouncement earned more backlash as those knowledgeable of Nora’s case in the United States swear the Superstar was never convicted of the crime or punished for it.

For this, PNoy is liable for the crime of both slander (oral) and libel (written) – that is, imputing a false statement that harms the reputation of an individual.

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Nora at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong as Best Actress for ‘Thy Womb’

Nora Aunor’s lawyer in the U.S., Claire Navarro Espina, immediately issued a statement that contrary to what the President believes, the Superstar was never convicted for drug use or abuse.

Nora Aunor was never convicted of a crime, let alone a crime involving drugs here in Los Angeles. I should know – I was the attorney who represented her. This issue just needs to get corrected and then let it die down and the re-application process (for National Artist award) to begin,” she posted on Facebook.

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Nora Aunor as Elsa in ‘Himala’ – adjudged CNN’s Best Asia-Pacific Film Of All Time

A suspicion for a crime, then tried to be cleared and acquitted is different from being accused beyond reasonable doubt proven by hard evidence then tried and convicted for it.

Nora Aunor’s case is of the former as she was cleared of her drug possession case in 2007 after she complied to a six-month rehabilitation program and tested negative for drug use.

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Superstar from the ’70s until now

Click links for the stories – LA court drops Nora Aunor’s drug charges http://www.manilamaildc.net/la-court-drops-nora-aunors-drug-charges.html; Nora Aunor’s drug case dismissed by Los Angeles court http://www.pep.ph/news/14981/Nora-Aunors-U.S.-drug-case-is-now-a-closed-chapter; U.S. court drops Nora Aunor’s drug raps http://thepinoy.net/?p=948

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Nora with ‘Thy Womb’ director Brillante Mendoza at the Venice Film Festival

Earlier, Nora Aunor’s issued an official statement on the matter:

“Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa lahat ng mga taong sumuporta at patuloy na sumusuporta sa akin sa panahong ito ng usapin tungkol sa National Artist Awards.

“Inaamin ko pong nasaktan ako sa mga nangyari. Pero ang dagsa ng suporta na nakita ko at naramdaman mula sa aking mga kababayan – mga katrabaho ko sa industriya, mga fans at mga kaibigan, mga pari at madre, mga guro at iba pang taga-akademya, mga taga-media, mga National Artists, mga pangkaraniwang mamamayan dito at sa ibang bansa — ay sapat-sapat na upang maramdaman kong maski wala mang tropeo o karangalang igawad sa akin ang mga nasa kapangyarihan, iniluklok naman ako ng mga kababayan ko habang buhay sa kanilang mga puso bilang isang artista ng bayan.

“Para sa akin po ay mas totoo at mas masarap ang karangalang ito dahil taos-pusong nanggagaling sa mga taong siyang dahilan kung bakit ako nagpapakabuti bilang isang artista — ang mga mamamayang Pilipino. Ang pagsuportang ito ang lalong nagbibigay ng lakas ng loob sa akin, at ng walang kapantay na inspirasyon, upang lalo kong pagbutihin ang aking sining, upang lalo akong sipagin sa pagbabahagi ng kung anumang talento meron ako, at upang lalo ko pang pag-ibayuhin na maging isang mabuti at marangal na mamamayang Pilipino.

“Maraming salamat po at pagpalain po kayo ng Diyos.”

(I would like to thank all those who supported, and continue to support, me through all this talk about the National Artist Awards.

I admit I have been hurt by all the developments. But the outpouring of support that I saw and felt from our countrymen – from my colleagues in the industry, fans and friends, priests and nuns, teachers and members of the academe, people from media, National Artists, and common citizens here and abroad – is more than enough for me to know that with or without any kind of trophy or title bestowed by the powers-that-be, my countrymen hold me dear in their hearts as an artist of the people.

For me, this is a more genuine and more fulfilling honor, because it wholeheartedly comes from the people who precisely inspire me to work hard as an artist – the Filipino people. Your support all the more gives me courage and unparalleled inspiration to improve in my craft, so that I may share whatever talent I have, and so that I may work harder to be a good and honorable Filipino.

Thank you very much, and God bless you all.)

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Perci Intalan directs Nora in ‘Dementia’

The NCCA (National Commission on Culture and Arts) and CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) stand by their decision in nominating Nora as National Artist.

Related story at https://anc.yahoo.com/news/ncca–nora-aunor-deserves-to-be-a-national-artist-040919481.html

As artistry is the sole criterion for National Artist – and not morality – many see PNoy’s biases in his decisions.

For example, he feigned ignorance about nepotism when questioned why one family – the Abad family – holds the purse of the nation.

He asked, “What’s wrong with placing them in government?”

Well, he should remember that nepotism and despotism were two reasons why his father, the martyr Ninoy, fought the Marcoses. It’s because of nepotism, too, that the country did not take off to economic prosperity under his mother’s governance as the republic became Kamag-anak Inc.

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Nora wears shirt she asked from ‘Hustisya’ co-star Gardo Verzosa

Despite his noble (if it can be called as such) intentions, the President may actually be suffering from shortsightedness as the cancer cells in his lungs from unstoppable smoking may have already affected his decision-making ability.

Going back to the main issue, Ignorance of the law excuses no one – whether you’re an ordinary Juan or the elected President named Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

Related Nora Aunor articles in this blog: ‘Padre De Familia’ and ‘Dementia’ further showcase Nora Aunor’s climactic thespic skills https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/padre-de-familia-and-dementia-further-showcase-nora-aunors-climactic-thespic-skills/ and Nora Aunor and Coco Martin team-up realized in ‘Padre De Familia’ https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/nora-aunor-and-coco-martin-team-up-realized-in-padre-de-familia/

Likeable Guy Lance Raymundo Plays Jesus Christ In Lenten Stageplay

Lance Raymundo may not be as popular as Piolo Pascual or Jericho Rosales. He may not be also as big as Billy Crawford in the music scene. But Lance is definitely one of the likeable guys in Philippine showbiz.

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Rehearsing for ‘Passion Of The Christ’ Agony in the Garden scene

This likeability has transcended for him into numerous projects, many of which are “accidental,” the latest being cast as Jesus Christ in the Lenten stage presentation of actor-director Lou Veloso.

“It was by chance. I was at CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) for the Cinemalaya Open Casting. Lou Veloso was in the area to talk to Jackie Lou Blanco regarding the prospect of her portraying the Virgin Mary (Jackie Lou is part of the cast of Nick Joaquin’s Mga Ama, Mga Anak in CCP that’s why Lou visited her there).

Jackie had to go back to her dressing room but since Lou wasn’t able to get her number yet, he remained in CCP and that’s where he met me. He approached Dennis Sebastian and asked if he can talk to some of his actors (who were there for Cinemalaya) to see if they can portray certain roles…

 “Before Lou had to leave, Dennis, who knew I was in the area, approached me and asked me if I could meet Lou. When we met, after a few words, he decided on the spot that he has found his Christ,” Lance narrated how he got the role.

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Lou Veloso instructs Lance on ‘The Lord’s Prayer’

His movie, A Thief, A Kid And A Killer, is making rounds in the international circuit. Written, produced and directed by Nathan Adolfson, Lance plays a local gangster co-starring Jeffrey Quizon, Felix Rocco, Jack Falcis and child actor Arvy Cesar Viduya. The synopsis/review says it’s a heist film with a heart. See http://www.thingsasian.com/stories-photos/57079

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New Year 2014 with family

His acting break happened in 2008, when filmmaker Elwood Perez saw him crying at the wake of his manager Angie Magbanua and cast him in the indie movie, Fidel, which was eventually directed by Shandii Bacolod, his present manager.

Later that same year, Lance got a wrong call and was sent to a TV cattle call (where actors do a monologue in front of producers and casting directors) for extras. He instead got the role of a villain (as Turko) in the ABS-CBN soap opera, Pieta.

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The photo that made girls swoon

His other notable projects during that period were Telebisyon and Nerseri.

In 2010, he made a random visit to his former manager Ricky Gallardo’s office, and met renowned director-scriptwriter Mario O’Hara, who had him cast as Emilio Aguinaldo in Ang Paglilitis Ni Andres Bonifacio.

He was sporting long hair that time as he was busy with his music.

“The set stylist did all sorts of magic to make my hair resemble Aguinaldo’s. When Direk Mario arrived, he was not happy with the fake Aguinaldo cut. He asked me how serious I am with my work as an actor and how much do I love this profession. I told him 100 percent and I love this profession so much.

“He said, ‘Ah, ganun naman pala, e, sumama ka sa akin, hijo.’ Then he brought me to the barber shop at the corner, had me sit on the barber’s chair and commanded the barber, ‘Ayan, itasa mo ‘yung buhok ng artista ko, gupit-Aguinaldo!’

“My long hair was gone in minutes! But I’m really happy I had the opportunity to work with Direk Mario,” he happily recalled.

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With dad and the other Raymundo boys

(Paglilitis was Mario O’Hara’s last movie before he passed away on June 26, 2012. He’s best remembered for the movies Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos, Bakit Bughaw Ang Langit?, Condemned and Bulaklak Sa City Jail, which defined the acting brilliance of Nora Aunor. He also megged the Superstar in the TV5 mini-series Sa Ngalan Ng Ina in 2011.)

Lance tackles a different character in Ato Bautista’s Gemini http://youtu.be/PcMAGqANH_I which is getting favorable feedback from those who have seen the trailer.

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With Jose Mari Chan at Tahan-Tahanan Halfway Home

As a musician, Lance prefers to be independent, so as not to be confined by the dictates of record labels.

He has a strong support base—from media friends, fans and co-workers and associates—mainly #FriendsOfWolf.

No, he’s not a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

He explained:

“The #FriendsOfWolf are the awesome people who have been supporting my endeavors ever since I started my WolFSounD Music Project. W.O.L.F. is the acronym for Wonders Of Living in Freedom. So most of the people who support WolF are people who believe that Art should be free and The Artist should enjoy Freedom and not be controlled by the Systems of the Industry. That’s why I enjoy releasing music independently via YouTube or SoundCloud because I can release songs in their original form, without compromising to the standards set by record executives, etc.”

An avid supporter, Beni Saun, who even created a Fan Page for Lance, shared her thoughts about the actor-musician.

“I’ve never met him in person but I’ve chatted (with) him many times on FB (Facebook). He’s a very nice guy and very humble and he always finds time to communicate with his fans. That’s what I really like about him. He’s a very sweet guy, very handsome and I just really love the way he smiles!”

Entertainment writer Robert Silverio attributes the success of his blog to Lance. He said that nobody believed that his WordPress blog A.W.E. (Attic Of White Ethereals!) could last and succeed. It’s been three years since and continues to draw readers with almost 1,200,000 hits as of this writing.

To balance things out, we asked Robert if Lance has some hidden mischievousness, as this son of former beauty queen-turned actress Nina Zaldua and brother of singer-recording artist Rannie Raymundo (best known for the song Why Can’t It Be?), may, after all, be too good to be true.

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Light moment with Sta. Ana kids

Lance doesn’t have any mischievousness. He is a very strict guy, though. He won’t tolerate any wrongdoings, abuse or disrespect. He is a disciplinarian guy, but very sincere, thoughtful and understanding. He is one of the very few male celebrities who valued me as a writer… and as a FRIEND,” Robert swore.

On his commitment to his craft

“It’s our job as serious actors to only subject ourselves to things where we can give our best work. We are being paid to sell the movie, right? So, it’s our responsibility to give the producers their money’s worth. It would be very selfish of me to accept a role knowing I’ll probably lower the quality of the movie—simply because it would make me richer or more famous. I respect this job too much to make it merely a milking cow or a ladder to fame.” – PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) August 11, 2013.

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Back to his portrayal as Jesus Christ, Lance empathically averred:

“I actually consider playing Jesus Christ as THE highlight of my life as an entertainer. If I play my cards right, I may one day reach my more worldly goals such as getting myself back on TV or making international films or winning awards…

“But being given the honor of playing The Man himself is a gift that cannot be surpassed by any other success that destiny has in store for me.”

No wonder that Lance—for all the challenges he surmounted, the wisdom he articulated, and his natural friendly disposition—remains to be one of the most likeable (and lovable to countless girls) denizens of the local entertainment industry.

Hats off to you, Lance Raymundo!

(For more stories about Lance, including Brad Pitt & Lance Raymundo: A Coincidental Case Of Dualism?, complete coverage of the visit to Tahan-Tahanan Halfway Home for Children with Cancer and many more, please click http://sssip.wordpress.com)

‘Padre De Familia’ and ‘Dementia’ further showcase Nora Aunor’s climactic thespic skills

Nora Aunor has nothing to prove anymore. She’s the undisputed Superstar of Philippine show business.

Tagged as the Brown Cinderella, she rose to fame via singing thru Tawag Ng Tanghalan in her early teens.

When she joined the movies, she was the David that slew the Goliaths of fair-skinned mestizas that ruled filmdom for decades.

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As her stature gathered mania, awe and inspiration she also went on to produce some of the most memorable films of all time, like Banaue.

Award after award, this little girl from Iriga City in Bicol who sold drinking water at the train station, became entrenched not only as an acting legend in the country but also in Asia and the Pacific region. Her movie Himala was hailed as the best film ever in this part of the globe.

She had her ups and downs, her downest was when she was tried for drug couriership in the US.

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As an ordinary citizen living there away from the klieg lights, Nora revealed that there were times she was left without money even for decent food. Doing her laundry one time, a good-natured fellow Filipino even gave her coins for the laundry machine.

Her decision to make a comeback after eight years in the US was welcomed, not only by her diehard supporters but the whole industry as well. Even if she lost her singing voice in a botched surgical procedure in Japan, she maintained her speaking prowess, facial expression and eye-acting thespic skills that no one has ever matched until now.

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TV5 offered her a good deal worthy of her being the country’s one and only Superstar. She did projects with them that connected her back to her audience, notably Sa Ngalan Ng Ina, reuniting her with Banaue leading man and ex-husband Christopher De Leon.

The movies can never be the same without Nora. And internationally-acclaimed Brillante Mendoza lost no time in doing Thy Womb, which was entered in the Metro Manila Film Festival 2012. The production gave Nora back her stature as the revered performer that she is, winning the Best Actress award (which also gave Mendoza the Best Director plum). The movie gave her the same recognition in a wider scope – in the 7th Hong Kong Film Festival and the Asia-Pacific Awards in Australia.

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As film year 2014 opens, Nora has two movies in the offing – both showing her climactic thespic skills:  Padre De Familia, her long anticipated team-up with indie prince Coco Martin, and Dementia, co-starring TV5 jewel Jasmine Curtis Smith megged by network executive Perci Intalan.

Dementia, according to the first-time director, is two years in the making. It was first presented to the Superstar when she was doing Thy Womb and materialized  only when Intalan resigned from TV5 to concentrate on a different endeavor.

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It is also one genre that Nora has not delved into yet, except in the early ‘70s when she did Carmela. She produced Halimaw Sa Banga/Komiks, though, that starred her kids – Lotlot, Ian and Matet.

In this movie, Nora plays a former school teacher who has dementia (early stage of Alzheimer’s) who has a Westernized niece played by Jasmine. She forgets things, persons and events but somehow sees entities and hears noises no other people can. Is it real or just her imagination?

Intalan said that if the Superstar showed just a bit of hesitation or skepticism when he opened the idea to her maybe he would have considered doing a small project first. But, no, the legendary icon agreed to the project, knowing that it’s going to be Perci’s first directorial job.

Intalan’s choice for Nora to star in the film is also because of the demand of the role that showcases different emotions without dialogue.

“Her eyes alone convey the different emotions and reactions needed in various situations. Only Nora Aunor can give that depth,” he said of his project, written by partner, multi-awarded  scriptwriter Jun Lana.

Filmed on location in Batanes, the film is expected to be shown not long after Padre De Familia is shown.

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Nora Aunor stands tall (though the smallest) along with other People of the Year awardees including Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Coco Martin

By the way, Padre De Familia is to be released by ABS-CBN’s movie arm, Star Cinema. It’s already in the finishing stage and fans are eagerly awaiting its run in the theaters.

Directed by Adolf Alix Jr., the movie was partly shot in Malaysia, where Coco’s character worked as OFW and had been supporting his family back home. Much to his surprise when he comes home, he finds out that his mother (played by the Superstar) is living together with a young man almost his age (played by Joem Bascon). The conflict begins and the actors show every side of their thespic grit.

One good thing that Padre De Familia has created is the bridging of the gap between generations. Fans of the Coco Martin-Julia Montes loveteam are in support of the other projects of the Superstar and Nora Aunor diehards are also supporting other showbiz endeavors of Coco and Julia.

Another project of the Superstar due for release is the telemovie (movie meant for television on TV5) When I Fall In Love, reuniting her with Tirso Cruz III, directed by Joel Lamangan. However, the film is said to be a theater material and not just for TV, so it will be released as a major theater attraction.

Last year, Nora’s Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti, written and megged by Mes De Guzman, won Best Picture in the 1st CineFilipino Film Festival. Critically-acclaimed, it is touted to be one of the best movies of 2013,  and was in fact, the topgrosser in the said festival. Though it did not win the Best Actress for Nora it is expected her acting prowess will be recognized when it makes the rounds in different film festivals abroad, as Thy Womb did for her.

Nora Aunor and Coco Martin team-up realized in ‘Padre De Familia’

The buzz had been going around for a while — that ultimate acting icon Superstar Nora Aunor and indie movies’ biggest find Coco Martin star in a movie. There were even talks that the project may also include Nora’s perennial rival Star For All Seasons and now Batangas Governor Vilma Santos.

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Asked for her reaction, Santos said it would depend on the script. Then it fizzled.

The proponent of the Nora Aunor-Coco Martin team-up, Adolf Alix Jr., which could have materialized in Mater Dolorosa, did not cower to have the awaited collaboration, this time in the movie Padre De Familia, where Martin serves as co-producer.

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Coco Martin with Julia Montes

The movie also stars teen sensation Julia Montes, Coco’s co-star in the TV series Walang Hanggan and the movie A Moment In Time.

Completing the powerful cast are Anita Linda, herself an acting icon, who at 89, is still active as if she’s just in her 40s; Joel Torre, who just came out from the soon-to-be-adapted-into-Hollywood movie On The Job; the now-heavy but still desirable comebacking Rosanna Roces; and Baron Geisler and Joem Bascon, both known for their depth as actors.

Alix directed Anita Linda in the critically-acclaimed Adela in 2008 and Rosanna Roces in Aurora in 2009.

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The director with three of Philippine cinema’s rarest gems

In the Facebook fan page of the movie, the director was quoted as saying, “It is always a pleasure to work with Osang and Tita Anita. They’re like family to me now. And now, we have the one and only Superstar, Ate Guy as part of our family. They’re truly Philippine cinema’s finest and rarest gems.”

Nora and Anita worked together in the 1981 Mario O’Hara movie Bakit Bughaw Ang Langit, while the Superstar and Ms. Roces shared thespic talents in the TV5 primetime series, Sa Ngalan Ng Ina.

This is indeed an acting coup, and many are saying and hoping that this will be entered in the Cannes Film Festival where Coco shot into international fame via Brillante Mendoza‘s movies, notably Masahista, Serbis and Kinatay.

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Fan poster for Padre De Familia posted in the Nora Aunor for National Artist FB Page designed by administrator Bernie Placido

Nora Aunor, for her part, regained lost ground in Thy Womb, the Brilliante Mendoza film that gave the Superstar multiple awards, including Best Actress in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia and Best Actress in the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong.

The Superstar is doing another movie, Dementia, co-starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith, directed by TV5 executive Perci Intalan and written by award-winning scriptwriter Jun Robles Lana.