Nora Aunor addressed the public on the 24th of June at Marikina City Hall’s Plaza de los Alcaldes during the 2017 Metro Manila Pride March and Festival.
The event had the theme, “Here Together,” and was attended by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) community.
During her speech, the Superstar compared humankind to a colorful rainbow.
“Kagaya ng bahaghari na maraming kulay, ang mga tao din ay marami at magkakaiba.
“Lahat ay pantay-pantay at may karapatang umibig sa kung sinuman, anuman ang kanyang kasarian o gender.
“Gawin natin umibig at pakasal sa kung sinuman ang ating napupusuan at walang ibang pwedeng pumigil sa lahat ng nararamdaman natin sa laban nating minamahal.”
Surprisingly, just a few minutes after the iconic Superstar had delivered her speech, a rainbow appeared above thousands of LGBTQ+ members and supporters.
FILMING DURING PRIDE MARCH. Nora Aunor reveals the reason why she was among the thousands who marched with pride during the festival.
“Kanina po ay kasama ako doon at kinukunan ako.”
“Huwag niyo isipin na ito ay gamitan, pero ang masasabi ko lamang po, gagawa po kasi kami ng isang pelikula na tungkol sa LGBT.
“Ang aking role ay isang lesbiana na may anak na bading.
“Iyon po ang gagawin naming pelikula, at kanina po, iyon po yung ibang kinunan po namin noong parada kaya nandoon po rin ako.”
Nora has long been involved in various efforts that call for equality as she had starred in a lesbian-themed film T-Bird at Ako together with Star For All Seasons Vilma Santos in 1982.
“Maliban po sa makiisa sa inyong pinakamimithi at inyong mga nararamdaman, dapat ipakita sa lahat ng tao na dapat ipagmalaki natin kung ano tayong lahat at walang iba kundi pantay-pantay: walang bakla, walang tomboy, walang babae, walang lalaki.”
“Ipagmalaki natin kung anong nararamdaman natin bilang isang tao.”
Also present during the Metro Manila Pride March and Festival was Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2017 Katarina Rodriguez as she represented The Red Whistle, a non-profit organization that battles against HIV/AIDS.