By Edwin P. Sallan
February 28, 2016
Images: Erickson Dela Cruz
Already the recipient of numerous honors for a distinguished career spanning five decades, Superstar Nora Aunor received another Lifetime Achievement Award, this time from the fledgling Singkuwento International Film Festival.
The 62-year-old actress collected this latest accolade during the festival’s awarding ceremonies Saturday night at the the Leandro Locsin Theater at the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts Building in Intramuros, Manila.
In addition to thanking the film festival, the NCCA, filmmakers, producers and the media people who remained faithful to her, La Aunor dedicated the award to her loyal Noranians.
“I didn’t plan any of the great phase[s] that happened in my life. I take each day as it comes because I really believe that dreams could change, people change, plans change. I know that not all our wishes can come true. In my humble case, I know I wouldn’t be here if not for my loyal fans. I owe them everything I have. They inspire me to do more. They inspire me to be the best that I can be. Thank you to all my fans for making Nora Aunor a lasting reality,” she declared in an emotional acceptance speech.
The actress also fondly referred to as Ate Guy already had lifetime achievement awards from the FAMAS, the Gawad Urian, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Cinemanila International Film Festival, the Cinema One Originals (Legend award) and just last year, the ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards.
Aunor was however, deprived of what many consider as the ultimate recognition for an artist of her stature. Despite the recommendation of the NCCA, President Noynoy Aquino refused to proclaim her as National Artist in 2014 due to her implication in a drug case in the U.S.
As Aquino’s term ends this year, there is still hope for the actress to be proclaimed National Artist by the country’s next president. The selection process for National Artists is conducted every two to three years.