After eight years of living in the United States, Nora Aunor is finally coming back to the Philippines on August 2. When she returns, the Superstar will be part of the Kapatid network.
Nora has been quoted as saying during a live phone patch interview direct from Los Angeles: "Nakaempake na po ako. Naka-ready na lahat. Excited na rin po ako makabalik matapos ang walong taon. Sa wakas makakabalik na rin. Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo sa pakikapag-usap sa mga tao para matupad ’to at sa TV5."
She made this announcement during Kuya Germs’s radio show aired on July 27. The radio veteran host also confirmed that Ate Guy (Nora’s monicker) will do some projects for TV5, including an upcoming TV series.
In a statement sent by the Kapatid network, management is reportedly planning a fans day for the Superstar, TV5’s welcome treat for Ate Guy.
Nora, who hails from Iriga, Camarines Sur, started her singing career by joining amateur singing contests such as Tawag ng Tanghalan. She has recorded more than 500 songs and has won around 23 major music awards since 1968.
She became an acclaimed actress throughout her career spanning four decades. Her notable films include Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (1976), Bona (1980), Himala (1982), Bulaklak sa City Jail (1984) and The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995).
She was inducted to the FAMAS Hall of Fame in 1992 and received the FAP Lifetime Achievement Award the following year. She also received the Gawad ng Natatanging Pagkilala (Special Recognition Award) from the Metro Manila Film Festival in 1993.
In 2008, Nora’s classic film Himala emerged as the Best Film of All Time in the Asia Pacific via an online poll conducted by CNN.
Directed by Ishmael Bernal, Himala is about a simple barrio lass (played by Nora Aunor) who claimed she saw and talked with the Virgin Mary.
The Filipino film was able to beat Oscar award-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from China; The Seven Samurai from Japan; Gabbeh from Iran; Gallipoli from Australia; Pather Panchali from India; Oscar award-winning film Spirited Away from Japan; Oldboy from South Korea; Internal Affairs from Hong Kong/China; and Chungking Express from China.
Himala was the Best Picture in 1982 Metro Manila Film Festival and received recognitions from local award-giving bodies such as the Catholic Mass Media Awards, FAMAS and Gawad Urian.
In 1983, Himala became the country’s official entry to the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Bronze Hugo prize at the 19th Chicago International Film Festival.