Nora plans to sue clinic for malpractice

Nora Aunor's quest to find justice for her stalled singing career has taken a new turn.

The multi-awarded singer-actress is planning to sue the Japan-based skin clinic which has recently opened a branch in the Philippines, for a surgery that allegedly ruined her singing voice. The Superstar is set to lodge a formal malpractice complaint, this time, in a local court.

This she revealed in an intimate interview after the presscon TV5 hosted to announce Nora’s back-to-back drama special “Untold Stories” and the network’s plans for her 45th anniversary in showbiz.

At the presscon proper, Nora reiterated her dream of returning to singing, which became her ticket to a showbiz career.

“Kapag nakakapanood ako ng kumakanta sa TV, naaalala ko ang sarili ko. Hinahanap ko ang pag-awit. Doon ako nag-umpisa at doon ko binuhay ang pamilya ko. Hindi pwedeng mawala ang pagkanta sa akin.”

Nora is now seeking the expertise of internationally-known surgeon Steven M. Zeitels, the same doctor who operated on Hollywood star Julie Andrews so she can sing again. Dr. Zeitels promised the Superstar that she will be able to continue her passion for singing once her surgery is done.

“Sabi ng doctor ko nung nagpa-check up ako sa Boston na hindi tinamaan ang vocal cords ko... Maibabalik naman daw sa akin ang pagkanta.”

Nora is saving money to finance her operation in a Boston hospital. The hospitalization cost she added,  is $50,000. This excludes the doctor’s professional fee.

“Sana this year or early next year, baka sakaling maoperahan (ako),” she said.

Packed schedule

The winner of the  Bisato d'Oro award (a special recognition from an Italian group of independent film critics).in Venice faces a full year-end schedule.

Nora portrays the role of a nun who left the convent for the man she loves in “Untold Stories”. The show airs on Saturday, Sept. 15 on TV5.  The story is reminiscent of the film “Naglalayag”, where she is paired with Yul Servo.  “Untold Stories” reunites the two actors in another May-December tale.

On the heels of “Untold Stories” is “Third Eye”, Nora’s first horror project.  The supernatural mystery drama, which airs Sunday, Sept. 16 casts Nora as a school janitress forced to relive a dark memory on demonic possession.  The episode marks Nora’s reunion with Lorna Tolentino after 30 years.

Nora will also guest in the last few weeks of TV5’s fantasy series “Enchanted Garden.”

The critically-acclaimed “Thy Womb”, which won for its director, Brillante Mendoza, the Premio della Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo e della Rivista del Cinematografo" special award in Venice, will be shown in Philippine theaters mid-November.

Then, it’s “El Presidente,” where Nora plays Emilio Aguinaldo’s second wife (Laguna Governor ER Ejercito plays the title role), which will be shown in the annual Metro Manila Filmfest.

“Tinitingnan ko lang ang story kung maganda. Kung ano ang takbo ng lead character,” Nora shares how she chooses her projects.

Search for young directors


The director is just as important to her.  When she returned from a prolonged stay in the US, Nora asked showbiz insiders for names of competent young directors.  The names of Brillante Mendoza and Adolf Alix cropped up.

Both directors went to Nora’s taping to discuss possible projects.  But it was only Brillante’s project that pushed through.

“Pinuntahan ako sa bahay at sa taping ni Direk,” recalls Nora. “Tinanong ko kung pwede kaming gumawa ng pelikula. Sabi niya, next year, at tinupad naman nya ag pangako nya.”

Nora adds that she will still  do a film with Alix.

Her quest for excellence also means she needs government support for worthy film projects.

“Nananawagan ako sa government natin  na tumulong sa producers na gumagawa ng pelikulang makatuturan,” she  said.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • 'Downton' producer doesn't shut door on big-screen film
    'Downton' producer doesn't shut door on big-screen film

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With "Downton Abbey" coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up movie is at least a possibility. …

  • 'Downton Abbey' to get a float in the 2016 Rose Bowl parade
    'Downton Abbey' to get a float in the 2016 Rose Bowl parade

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Maggie Smith's character on "Downton Abbey" might find the pomp and circumstance uncomfortable, but the PBS show is getting its own float in the Rose Parade, two days before the premiere of its sixth and final season on Jan. 3. …

  • Zayn's 'Big Love' For One Direction
    Zayn's 'Big Love' For One Direction

    Zayn Malik has given a sweet shout-out to his former "One Direction" bandmates. Zayn's congratulatory words come just days after he announced a new record deal with RCA, and ignited a bit of blowback with an "explanation" for his departure from One Direction in March. …

  • Bobby Brown, family mourn the late Bobbi Kristina at funeral
    Bobby Brown, family mourn the late Bobbi Kristina at funeral

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — R&B singer Bobby Brown emerged from the funeral of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, staring toward the ground before lifting his head up and briefly gazing at the sky. …

  • Dr. Dre announces release of first album in 15 years
    Dr. Dre announces release of first album in 15 years

    PHOENIX (AP) — Hip hop super-producer Dr. Dre says the wait is finally over — he's going to release his first album in 15 years. …

  • Correction: TV-MSNBC-Shows Canceled story
    Correction: TV-MSNBC-Shows Canceled story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 30 about MSNBC canceling 3 daytime shows, The Associated Press implied that Ari Melber was named the network's chief legal correspondent last week. He was named to the position in April. …

  • 'Downton Abbey': Cast, EP Talk End
    'Downton Abbey': Cast, EP Talk End

    "Downton Abbey" returns in January for its sixth and final season, and fans have creator Julian Fellowes to thank for concluding it later than was originally planned. "Rather than being curtailed it was extended," star Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham/Robert) told reporters on Saturday at the Masterpiece on PBS "Downton Abbey" panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour. Shooting on the final season of "Downton" is currently underway, with filming set to conclude for good on August …

  • At 93, TV producer Lear seeks to keep pushing boundaries
    At 93, TV producer Lear seeks to keep pushing boundaries

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Veteran TV producer Norman Lear of "All in the Family" fame is looking ahead to his next groundbreaking series. …

  • Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Celebrity News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:47 AM PHT
    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce’s #Flawless image is embroiled in controversy once again. On Wednesday, a web site called The Beyonce World leaked 224 allegedly raw photos of the musician. The images showed Bey in full makeup for the 2013 L’Oreal ad campaign — but with the kinds of “imperfections” we all have — beauty marks, bumps, creases. In the wake of Cindy Crawford’s unretouched photos, the images have been praised by critics of a beauty industry that sets impossibly high standards, standards that Queen Bey …

  • Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    omg - Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:14 AM PHT
    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    The 25-year-old released the video for her third cut from platinum selling album 1989. …

  • My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    Write Away - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:29 PM PHT
    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    For my mother-in-law Mrs. Elsa Yrastorza Yuzon, flying and soaring in the skies is part of her normal routine. But it reached new heights when Pope Francis boarded Shepherd One. …