Nora Aunor Delighted Over Restored ‘Himala,’ Wins Best Performance By An Actress At APSA

MANILA, Philippines-In an exclusive interview with broadcaster Korina Sanchez for "Rated K," superstar Nora Aunor expressed her happiness that today's moviegoers love her classic film, "Himala."

"Lalo yatang kinilabutan yung mga nakapanood, sa ngayon. Yung trailer, pinapalabas na sa mga sinehan ngayon at pumapalakpak raw yata yung mga tao," she said, referring to the technologically restored "Himala." The actress revealed that there have been talks to do a sequel to the film.

On "Rated K," Nora also talked about her hardships in the US including times when she had been hard up.

"Naranasan ko 'yung, maniniwala ka, mayroong araw na hindi ako kumakain. Kasi nawalan ako ng trabaho, eh.

"Tapos minsan maglalaba ako sa States---kasi usong uso yung maghuhulog ka ng coin, tapos doon ka maglalaba---nagkulang ako ng 25 cents. Buti na lang may Pilipino roon, binigyan ako ng 25 cents."

Asked how she felt upon learning that she could no longer sing allegedly due to a botched surgery, Nora's eyes couldn't help but become misty.

"Ay, umiyak ako! Tapos tinatanong ko sa kanila [doctors] 'Bakit wala akong boses?' Ang eksplenasyon sa akin, kasi daw lilinisin daw nila yung lungs ko dahil sa sobrang sigarilyo. Sabi ko 'Imposible dahil ang tagal tagal ko nang naninigarilyo pero hindi nagkaganito ang boses ko,"' she said.

Another Triumph

In related news, Nora was honored yesterday by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) that bestowed on her the c for the film "Thy Womb." Nora won over Vidya Balan ("The Dirty Picture," India), Cho Min-Soo ("Pieta," South Korea), Humaima Malick ("Bol," Pakistan) and Darya Ekamasova ("Zila bila odna baba," Russia).

Recall that the film had also won the Bisato d'Oro at the recent Venice International Film Festival.

Set on the islands of Tawi-Tawi in Mindanao, "Thy Womb" tells the story of Shaleha as portrayed by Aunor, whose struggle to give her husband a child despite her infertility rattles a tradition-bound fishing community.


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