The decision to come back to the Philippines was not an easy one. But after being away for eight long years, superstar Nora Aunor decided to come home and tells YES! this October about the apprehensions that came with it.
"Nag-iisip din ako, kung babalik ako, anong mangyayari sa akin? Kung babalik ako, tanggapin pa kaya ako ng mga fans? Kung babalik ako, ano kaya, mapapahiya ba ’ko, maraming mangungutya na naman sa akin, o marami na namang masasabi ’yong ibang mga press o ibang mga tao o kung sino sino?" she candidly reveals.
The October issue of YES! looks back at Nora’s rise to superstardom and her magic touch that had fans mesmerized.
Renowned writer and Nora’s close friend Ricky Lee says of Nora’s appeal to the masses, "Ang tingin ng mga tao, kapantay nila siya, kapareho. And yet unreachable siya and never magiging kapareho and never nilang mayayakap nang buo - laging may mystery, may nawawala na detalye or hindi nalalaman, or may gagawing hindi mahuhulaan."
But as people bore witness to her every move at every turn, the Superstar began to yearn to be a "pangkaraniwang tao."
And so the downward spiral began, with Nora missing appointments, arriving late to tapings, and subscribing to excessive drinking. Then came the decision to stay in the United States.
Nora opens up to YES! about these dark days and shares her life in the United States, where she was able to do all the things she wanted to do away from the public eye.
"Gusto kong maglaba nang walang nakikialam, kahit hila-hila ko ’yong isang maleta na puro maruruming damit, walang pakialam do’n. Nagbu-bus ako, wala ring pakialam," she says.
"Minsan may mga Pilipino diyan. ’Hi, kamusta po kayo?’ ’O, ba’t ka nagbu-bus?’ Sabi ko, ’Masama ho ba? Nagi-enjoy po ako.’ Tapos, tawa naman sila nang tawa."
Find out what made Nora return to the Philippines and sign up with TV5, the truth behind her rift with ABS-CBN, her terrifying experience in Japan, and her admiration for archrival Vilma Santos in a 50-page interview with over 200 rare photos.
The October issue of YES! also gives you access to the hottest looks during ABS-CBN’s annual Star Magic Ball with over 100 photos to feast on.
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