Sunday, May 21, 2006

NORA AUNOR, The Superstar


Nora Aunor was born Nora Cabaltera Villamayor on May 21, 1953 in Iriga, Camarines Sur. Acknowledged as the only Superstar of Philippine entertainment, she is a multi-awarded Filipino actress-singer. She as excelled in numeours stage plays, television shows, and concerts.

She won the Tawag ng Tanghalan in 1967 and has recorded more than two dozen albums and scores of hit singles. In addition, she has also awarded countless gold and platinum record awards.

His love team with Tirso Cruz the III was so popular to the Noranias that a doll was named Maria Theresa as their symbol of love.

Aunor has starred in more than 170 films and has reaped numerous local acting awards, three international best actress trophies and several industry citations. Her films have been showcased in numerous international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Moscow, New York and Hawaii. On screen, she has starred with the leading men of her time, including Joseph Estrada, who became the country’s president in 1998.

Among the notable films are:

A story about a visionary, Himala was the first and only Filipino film ever to qualify in the Competition Section of the Berlin International Film Festival (1983).

Aunor carries the distinction of hosting the longest-running musical variety show in Philippine television. Her show "Superstar" ran for almost two decades.

Also known in the Philippines as "Ate Guy", she acquired a following of fans known as Noranians, whose devotion to their idol was only matched by the fans of her contemporary Vilma Santos (known as Vilmanians). Although the rivalry between Noranians and Vilmanians remained mostly friendly, there have been times when clashes occurred in the streets of Manila.

A mother of five, her marriage to another multi-awarded local actor, Christopher de Leon, was annulled in the late 1990s.

In 2002, Aunor made her first TV show in decades and her first soap opera, entitled, Bituin, opposite Philippine's premier villain, Cherie Gil, aired on ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network.

Although she retains her Philippine citizenship, Aunor has spent much of her time in recent years in California, where she has a home.

Aunor was arrested on March 30, 2005 when airport screeners at Los Angeles International Airport stopped her on her way to Oakland, California and allegedly found 7.7 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride (known in the Philippines as shabu} in her carry-on bag, and a glass pipe wrapped in a T-shirt. The day following her arrest, Aunor was released after posting a $10,000 bail. At the reading of the charge against her on April 21, she pleaded not guilty. The trial has been set for December 16, 2005.

On March 29, 2006 Aunor changed her plea to guilty to the charge of possession of a controlled substance. She entered a drug-diversion program and subsequently the criminal proceedings against her have been suspended while she is in the program. The charges against her are expected to be dropped once she completes her rehabilitation.

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