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Nora Aunor receives uncommon photograph as birthday present from Snooky Serna

Nora Aunor with an enlarged copy of a photography by noted lensman Romy Vitug. Photo by Alex Brosas

Nora Aunor with a framed copy of a pictures by famous lensman Romy Vitug. Photograph by Alex Brosas

Nora Aunor acquired a most memorable present from Snooky Serna when she celebrated her seventieth birthday on Saturday, Could 20 at a resort in Quezon Metropolis.

The present which got here from Serna, who was considered one of her friends, got here within the type of a framed photograph taken in the course of the capturing of considered one of her iconic motion pictures, “Atsay,” and which was photographed by famend photographer and award-winning cinematographer Romy Vitug.

“Matagal na niyang hinahanap ito,” Snooky stated. (She was searching for this for thus lengthy).

“Gawa ito ni award-winning cinematographer,” Aunor stated, groping for the title of the photographer. She stated the photograph introduced again completely happy recollections for her.

Within the 1978 movie, Aunor performed a girl who went to town searching for her fortune, however would find yourself affected by harsh therapy by her employers. The movie, directed by the late Eddie Garcia, gained for Aunor the Greatest Performer Award on the Metro Manila Movie Pageant.

This could turn into the solely movie to have gained such a quotation within the historical past of the MMFF when, at the moment, the movie fest organizers determined to forgo separate awards for female and male performers.

Additionally at the moment, the MMFF award was hotly-contested as Aunor was being pitted in opposition to one other equally wonderful actress, Vilma Santos, who was vying for a similar honor together with her film Rubia Servios, directed by premier director Lino Brocka.

The award would finally go to Aunor, who throughout her acceptance speech stated, “Mamay, mali ang hula nila! (Their prediction is improper),” seemingly nettling a then common follow of getting fortunetellers predict which actors would bag sure awards.

A household affair

Aunor’s birthday celebration gathered her 5 kids, her organic son Ian de Leon and 4 different kids Lotlot de Leon, Kiko, Kenneth, at Matet de Leon collectively, who the veteran actress adopted alongside her then companion, actor Christopher de Leon.

La Aunor's children. Photo by Alex Brosas

La Aunor’s kids. Photograph by Alex Brosas

Ian confirmed an audio-visual presentation about his mother, replete with photographs and movies which had him annotating. He learn a poem referred to as “Mother’s Love.”

In the meantime, Lotlot had a heartfelt message to her mom. “Ma, ang dami na nating pinagdaanan, tayo bilang pamilya. Pero isa lang ang ipinapangako ko sa ‘yo, mamahalin kita hanggang kailanman. Nandito lang po ako para sa iyo kahit anong oras.” (Ma, we’ve been by means of lots as a household. But when there’s one factor that I promise, it’s to like you till perpetually. I’m simply right here for you any time).

Matet, who simply final December had a falling out with Aunor, additionally expressed love for her mother. “Lagi naman kaming nag-uusap ni mommy so lahat nasasabi ko sa kanya. (I talked to her repeatedly so I can say every part to her). I really like you perpetually, mommy.”

When it was Kiko’s flip, he may barely say something aside from, “Ang hirap sundan, ang haba ng speech. Nalimutan ko na sasabihin ko, haba ng sa ‘yo, eh.” (It’s laborious to comply with, the speech may be very lengthy. I forgot what to say, yours is simply too lengthy).

Kenneth, a shy man, was out of the room when his siblings started giving plaudits to Aunor.


Celeb friends additionally gave Aunor a becoming tribute, sharing tales they’ve with the Celebrity and Nationwide Artist.

One among them is Herlene Budol, Binibining Pilipinas 2022 first runner-up, who got here with Kapuso actress Sanya Lopez. They got here after attending the preview of “Unbreak My Coronary heart” at a close-by mall.

“Magpapasampal po ako (kay Ate Man). Pero ayaw niya. Para sa akin, bilang baguhan, isang karangalan ang masampal ng isang Nora Aunor,” Budol stated. (I wish to get slapped by Ate Man. However she didn’t wish to. For me, as a beginner, it’s an honor to be slapped by one Nora Aunor).

“Kaya po talagang pumunta po ako dito na handang masaktan, ayun po ang hinahanap ko,” she added. (That’s why I got here right here, I’m able to get damage, that’s what I’m searching for).

Designer Nono Palmos confirmed gratitude by thanking the Celebrity for getting him in massive occasions like her birthday. He did Aunor’s outfit when she acquired her Nationwide Artist award.

“I labored together with her after I was 25. Naabutan ko pa ‘yung Celebrity sa channel 9,” he stated.

Edith del Rosario, author of “Celebrity” for years, shared that it was Aunor who advisable that she be promoted as government producer.

“Kung ano ako ngayon (is) partly due to you. I used to be author for a number of years for “Celebrity” nevertheless it was Ate Man who dropped at the eye of administration that I used to be already ripe in changing into government producer. Siya ‘yung nagsabing, ‘Bakit hindi ninyo pa gawing government producer si Mama.’ Due to her prodding, ang mga executives po ng RPN-9 ay ginawa akong government producer. (What I’m at the moment is partly due to you… she’s the one who informed the producers, “Why don’t you make her an government producer?” Due to her prodding, RPN-9 executives made me an government producer.)

Veteran actor Ricky Davao shared that the primary time she noticed Aunor was when he tagged alongside along with his yaya to see the Celebrity in her home in Paranaque.

“Would you consider there’s about 5,000 folks sa kalye ready for her to come back. She was driving her automobile. Dumaan lang, nagsigawan ang mga tao then umuwi na (She simply handed, the folks shouted after which they went house),” he recalled.

Vetaran actress Liz Alindogan shared that Aunor, a fellow Bicolana, was her inspiration when she bought into showbiz.

“Sa Bicol, nagbabasa ako ng komiks. Pangarap ko talagang mag-artista. Nandoon si Nora Aunor,” she stated. (In Bicol, I used to be studying comics. I actually dreamed of changing into an actor. She was there).

Dan Alvaro, Aunor’s co-actor in “Condemned” stated he owed loads of profession breaks to Aunor. “Hindi ako makikilala kung wala si Ate Man kaya malaki ang utang na loob ko sa kanya. Hindi ako magiging Dan Alvaro kundi dahil sa kanya.” (I cannot be recognized if there’s no Ate Man, that’s why I owe her lots. I cannot be Dan Alvaro if not for her.)

Aunor with screen veterans Marisa Delgado and Dan Alvaro. Photo by Alex Brosas

Aunor with display veterans Marissa Delgado and Dan Alvaro. Photograph by Alex Brosas

Veteran actress Marissa Delgado, in the meantime, recalled that she was Aunor’s antagonist in lots of movies that they made with the late director Lino Brocka. “Madami tayong ginawa with Lino Brocka. Ako ‘yung kontrabida mo. Palagi kitang inaapi. Tapos Nationwide Hero (sic) ka na ngayon.” (We now have labored on many movies with Lino Brocka. I used to be your contravida. I used to be at all times your oppressor. Now, you’re a Nationwide Artist).

Amongst those that greeted Aunor have been Alfred Vargas, Deborah Solar, veteran dancer-choreographer Geleen Eugenio, Raffy Chan, Beverly Salviejo, Lotlot’s husband Fadi El-Soury, Matet’s husband Mickey Estrada and Ian’s spouse Jen.

Aunor made particular point out of John Rendez who mounted the get together along with some pals and dependable followers. EDV


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