Saturday, December 12, 2015


Masasabi ngang ang Taong 2015 ay isa na namang panahon ng pag-aani ng karangalan para kay Nora Aunor at sa bayang Pilipinas.  Marapat lamang na ipagdiwang ang isang pagpapala. Ang pagmamahal sa sining at ang pagpupunyagi na mapabuti ang sining ay tunay na nagbunga ng masagana.  Bagama’t sinasabi ni Nora Aunor na hindi niya mararating ang kalagayang ito kung wala ang suporta ng mga humahanga sa kanya subalit ang tagumpay na ito ay dahil na rin sa talento at talino na binigay ng Poong Maykapal at nilinang ng kahusayan ng nag-iisang Nora Aunor na nagmula rin sa kanya.  Lahat ng papuri ay para sa Diyos!

Narito ang talaan ng mga parangal at pagkilala sa Sining ni Nora Aunor sa Taong 2015.

1. 3rd St. Tropez International Film Festival - Dementia
2. Star Awards for Movies: Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) - Dementia
3. Kapuri-puring Aktres: Gawad TANGLAW - Dementia
4. Pinakapasadong Aktres: Gawad PASADO (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) - Dementia and Hustisya
5. 1st Urduja Heritage Film Awards - Dementia
6. Best Performance by a Male or Female in a Leading Role: Annual Brun Film Awards (Readers Choice) - Hustisya
7. Outstanding Actress: Sangyaw Awards (Tacloban City) - Taklub
8. Outsatanding Performance by an Actress in a Single Drama / Telemovie Program: Golden Screen Awards for TV (Enpress) - When I Fall In love

1. Gusi Peace Prize International Award – International Excellence in Performing Arts and Cinema
2. Gawad CCP para sa Sining for Film and Broadcast Arts – Cultural Center of the Philippines

1.Bulawan na Bikolnon Award - Ateneo de Naga University
2.Gawad Lasallian Para sa Sining - De La Salle University (Taft)
3. Alagad at Yaman ng Konkretong Obra (AYKON) - Far Eastern University (FEU)
4. Natatanging Alagad ng Sining - National Teachers College (NTC)
5. Pambansang Artista ng Bayan - Communication Dept., Bicol University

1. ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA)
2. Natatanging Gawad Award: Gawad URIAN ng Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino
3. 1st Urduja Film Festival: Espada ni Urduja, Kampeong ng Sining ng Pelikula

1. Senate Resolution 1270 - Commendation for her AIFFA Award
2.Honorary Nagueña - Naga Ctiy, Bicol
3. ONRA Citation - Ako Bicol Partylist Group
4. Diwa ng Lahi Award - City of Manila

1. Ecumenical Jury Award: Un Certain Section – 2015 Cannes Film Festival (TAKLUB)
1. Outstanding Asian Actress and Movie Icon - 26th Asia- Pacific Excellence Awards
2.Iconic Movie Queen of Philippine Cinema: Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS Awards)

Imahe: Bernie Placido
Art Barbadillo
Nora Aunor Wikipedia:

It’s raining awards for Superstar Nora Aunor

Nora Aunor receiving her laureate 

by  Seymour Barros Sanchez
The Standard
posted December 11, 2015 at 06:35 pm




The year 2015 has been fruitful for acclaimed actress Nora Aunor, not only projects but also in awards. The Superstar was recently honored with the Gusi Peace Prize for International Excellence in Performing Arts. This happened just months after being awarded the Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Para sa Sining for Film and Broadcast Arts as well as the Natatanging Gawad Urian by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

Aunor, who was recognized for her significant contributions in film, stage, television, and music, is the lone Filipino among a group of 19 Gusi prize laureates worldwide. The Gusi Foundation gives the award to those who work toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity. It is also a charitable institution which primarily aims to recognize individuals or groups worldwide in various fields such as the academe, scientific research and discovery, physiology or medicine, chemistry, physics, journalism, statesmanship, philanthropy or humanitarianism, economics, cinematic excellence, performing arts, visual arts, engineering technology, religion, politics, poverty alleviation, literature, cultural heritage, internationalism, architecture, archaeology, ecosystem and biodiversity and biology.

Nora Aunor is Gusi Peace Prize laureate for International Excellence in Performing Arts
Apart from bagging the Gusi prize, Gawad CCP, and the Natatanging Gawad, she was also conferred another Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards in Sarawak, Malaysia for her remarkable acting career spanning almost 50 years. She also registered her eighth international Best Actress win at the St. Tropez International Film Festival in France for her role in Perci Intalan’s Dementia, which eventually won Best Foreign Language Film. In addition, she was recognized as a cultural icon by different universities and colleges, among them Bicol University, Ateneo de Naga University, National Teachers College, Far Eastern University, and De La Salle University.

Nora was also considered one of the Iconic Movie Queens of Philippine Cinema at the recent FAMAS Awards. She also starred in Brillante Mendoza’s Yolanda-inspired drama Taklub, which was screened at the Un Certain Regard category in Cannes Film Festival. It was cited with a Special Mention by the Ecumenical Jury.

Now, she plays Lola Annie opposite Kris Bernal’s Tinay in the GMA primetime soap opera Little Nanay. She stars as a Binukot, a maiden chosen to be the fairest among the women in her village, in the 2016 Cinemalaya film Tuos directed by Derick Cabrido.  – Photos: Boying Capistrano and Art Barbadillo)


by Nestor Cuartero
Manila Bulletin
November 26, 2015




ONE AND ONLY FILIPINO AWARDEE: Even with her less than 5-foot bearing, Nora Aunor stood tall as the lone Filipino honoree at the 2015 Gusi Peace Prize awards alongside 18 other international dignitaries, scientists, medical doctors, academicians, including former president of Portugal Antonio Eanes. The veteran actress, who has won a harvest of international awards for her acting, is just one of four women receiving the exclusive honors this year.

The Gusi Peace Prize 2015 Laureates
The prestigious Gusi Peace Prize 2015 was handed out in a formal ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Nov. 25. The night before, a welcome dinner was hosted by the Gusi family at the Fiesta Pavilion of The Manila Hotel where the Philippine superstar was hailed as a world-class international artist.

Nora said she felt inadequate in the company of her fellow awardees, all of them trailblazers and trained experts in their respective fields of endeavor. The winner from Austria, for example, Prof. Hans Lehroch, was being honored for his work in scientific research on human genome and medical systems biology.

Miss Nora Aunor of Philippines
Dr. Mary Pinder (Australia) was receiving the same honor for her work in medicine (intensive care). Nineteen internationally renowned individuals who have distinguished themselves in fields ranging from academe to research, engineering to poverty alleviation and cinema, are being feted this year by the Gusi, now on its 14th edition.

Chairman Barry Gusi hands Philippine Laureate, Nora Aunor the Gusi Peace Prize Award.
Other countries represented in this year’s roster of awardees include Russia, Ukraine, United States, The Netherlands, Bangladesh, Cambodia, among others.

Ali Mohammed Said Efaifa of Qatar
Dr. Rob Vanderpoorte of Netherlands
Dr. Susan Briggs of USA 
Hon. Hun Mann of Cambodia
Former President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan
Dr. Zuran Vadachkoria of Georgia
Hon. Shykh Seraj of Bangladesh
Dr. Jeffrey Huang of China
Dr. Hans Lehrach of Austria
Dr. Alexander Chumakov of Russia
Prof. Petr Biizkovsky of Czech Republic
Dr. Zuriyadda Sakipova of Kazakhstan
Dr. Syunji Sano of Japan
Dr. Mary Pinder of Australia
Former President Antonio Eanes of Portugal
According to Amb. Barry S. Gusi, president of the award-giving body, Nora is being recognized for her significant and internationally acclaimed contributions to the performing arts. The Gusi award is aimed at inspiring societies to work closer in the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity.

Amb. Barry S. Gusi, Chairman of Gusi Peace Prize Foundation (Left) and Art Barbadillo, Noranian
Previous winners of the Gusi Peace Prize from the Philippines include former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos and Gloria M. Arroyo. Every fourth Wednesday of November has been declared by Pres. Arroyo as the Gusi Peace Prize International Friendship Day under Presidential Decree 1476.


The Main Event, Gusi Peace Prize 2015 Awards Night in the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila, Philippines.

First Lady of Gusi Peace Prize Dr. Col. Evelyn T. Gusi
Gusi Peace Prize President Senator Emmanuel Jones of Georgia, Atlanta
Gusi Peace Prize Awards Ceremonies
The Gusi Laureates with the Gusi Family

The Welcome Dinner, the evening before the Award Night was when the Gusi Peace Prize 2015 Laureates were officially introduced to the public at Manila Hotel. 


Wreathlaying Ceremonies with the Gusi Peace Prize 2015 Laureates at the Rizal Park Monument.


Photos by: Boying Capistrano


Art Barbadillo

Friday, November 20, 2015


by: Dr. Evelyn T. Gusi
November 12, 2015

                The Gusi Peace Prize Foundation is cordially inviting you to attend our program of activities scheduled this month for the year 2015.

As a background, the Gusi Peace Prize is Asia's foremost award giving body and among the leading in the world today. In recognizing the most brilliant examples of those working toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity, the Gusi Peace Prize brings out the best of human achievements, ideals and values.

It is a charitable foundation, registered at the Security and Exchange Commission, whose main objective is to recognize and give proper recognition through the conferment of awards of excellence and distinction to individuals or groups worldwide who have distinguished themselves as brilliant exemplars of society or who contributed toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity with the following categories such as follows: Academe, Scientific Research and Discovery, Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, Journalism, Statesmanship, Philanthropy or Humanitarianism, Economics, Cinematic Excellence, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Engineering Technology, Religion, Politics, Poverty Alleviation, Literature, Cultural Heritage, Internationalism, Architecture, Archaeology, Ecosystem and Biodiversity and Biology. It is mandated by Presidential Proclamation 1476, declaring “Every fourth Wednesday of November as the Gusi Peace Prize International Friendship Day”.  This year, it will be on November 25, 2015 at 5 pm at PICC.

The confirmed Gusi Peace Prize laureates for 2015 are as follows:

1. AUSTRALIA – Dr. Mary Pinder, Medicine [Intensive Care, Severe Acute
        Respiratory Syndrome {SARS}, and International Development]

2.  BANGLADESH –Hon. Shykh Seraj, Poverty Alleviation, thru Agriculture    Activism and Journalism

3. BELARUS – Former President Stanislav Stanislavovich Shushkevich,                Statesmanship and Academe [Physics and Mathematics]

4 . CAMBODIA – HE Hun Many, son of PM Hun Sen, Youth Leadership
        and Humanitarianism

5. CHINA – Dr. Jeffrey Huang, Medicine [Hepatobiliary Surgery]: Organ                       Transplantation

6. CZECH REPUBLIC – Prof. Petr Blizkovsky, International Diplomacy                                 [Academic Work on Governance]

7. GEORGIA –Prof. Dr. Zurab Vadachkoria, Medicine: Academe & Research        on Maxilla-Facial Surgery; & Internationalization of Medical Education

 8. GERMANY- Prof. Dr.Hans Lehrach, Scientific Research [Human Genome &         Medical Systems Biology]

9. JAPAN – Dr. Syunji Sano [Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery]

10. KAZAKHSTAN – Prof. Dr. Zuriyadda Sakipova, Academe

11. KYRGYZTAN–Former President Askar Akayev, Statesmanship and
                Scientific Research [Applied Mathematics and Optics]

12. THE NETHERLANDS- Prof. Dr. Rob Verpoorte, Scientific Research

13.  PHILIPPINES-Miss NORA CABALTERA VILLAMAYOR [NORA AUNOR], INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE in Performing Arts [for Film, Stage, Television and for Music]

14. PORTUGAL- Former President Antonio Eanes, Statesmanship

15. QATAR- Hon. Ali Hamad Mohammed Said Efaifa, Poverty Alleviation:
        Providing Job Opportunities & Promoting Overseas Welfare

16. RUSSIA – Prof. Alexander Nikolaevich Chumakov, Philosophical Science

17. UKRAINE- Prof. Ivan Ivanovich Mazour, Engineering Sciences
        [Academe and Scientific Research on Engineering Ecology &
        Energy of the Future].

18. USA – Dr Susan Briggs, International Medical Surgical Response

As our country’s lone Gusi Peace Prize laureate representative for this year, Philippine Superstar Miss Nora Aunor is being recognized and awarded for her significant contributions and International Excellence in Performing Arts [for Film, Stage, Television and for Music].

The 2015 Annual Gusi Peace Prize International will be awarded at the Philippine International Convention Center on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. It will be attended by thousands of national and international dignitaries and delegates, who meet up together like an assembly of United Nations, to inspire others to be achievers and peacemakers, promoting world peace, friendship and goodwill, true to the vision of the Gusi Peace Prize International Foundation under the leadership of Chairman Barry Gusi. Indeed, the Philippines as a sovereign country, being Asia’s first republic, with its central location in the Far East, and dubbed as the “Crossroads of the Pacific”, and the “Pearl of the Orient Seas” has become the rendezvous of the East and West; the melting pot, that people from different parts of the globe look forward to visit in order to be part of the international event of the “Gusi Peace Prize”. After all, GUSI stands for Godliness, Unification, Service, and Internationalism.

Friday, October 16, 2015



Nora Villamayor, better known as Nora Aunor, began her life in the late 60s as a singer, singing songs of varied sources and initiating the resurgence of different vocal music.  She knew hunger before her golden voice brought her to the attention of the nation.

Her journey from a young girl selling water in the train station to someone providing the wishes and hopes of the nation’s masses is no less than epic.

Nora Aunor would join TV and cinema with that entry, she would change our colonial perspective about physical beauty.  She started in musicals and melodrama that served as escape for the many looking to her as inspiration.  Soon, she would make films that subverted politics and politicize subversion.  In her many films, she helped us escape from stereotypical women as she fleshed out the possibilities of Filipina womanhood.

Aunor would perform theater pieces proving the legitimacy of that genius.  In plays and movies, she played characters that were current to the country’s crisis and concerns – migrant labor, rebels, and ambitious lovers.

Aunor’s acting styole would create a massive shift in the performance traditions that were already entrenched.  She would change all that with her portrayal of characters that were marginalized but, with the strength and conviction of her skills, became central in the nation’s imagination.

For an ordinary person transformed into an extraordinary thespian whose legacy to the performing and media arts are the expressions of a magnificent face that can show triumphs and defeats, pains and joys all at the same time in a silence and subtlety that is as disturbing, as enduring and as endearing as the struggles of the nation.

The Gawad CCP para sa Sining (Film and Broadcast Arts) is given on this 17th of Septem,ber 2015 to Nora Villamayor.

By Tito Genova Valiente


Gawad CCP para sa Sining
Pages 70 -74


Poverty and politics are the birthright of Nora Villamayor, more popularly known as Nora Aunor.  It does not matter really when she was born.  That she was born very poor matters because, like in the many narratives of her films, she would rise from that squalor into a status that symbolizes and, at the same time, subverts social mobility in this nation.  This is where politics enters into Aunor’s birth: her person will form an actor and an acting style that may not be always explicitly but are a subtle and succinct commentary on how power is used and misused in the societies of the republic.

In the summer of 2015, Aunor was honored with the honorary Nagueña Award.  It is her fate that Aunor would alweays stand for something bigger than where she physically came from, the town of Iriga then.

Geography and genius would explain the influence of Nora Aunor on the cinema of the Philippines.  Iriga was a small town when she joined the amateur contest in the city of Naga.  That town is part of Rinconada, a term which means “corner.”  In her career as an actor, Aunor would portray characters who were either outcasts or t the outskirt of social groups.  By being born in a town that was at the periphery of a region that was also not mainstream in the thought of the dominant culture of this country, she would have in her spirit a marginalized that is beyond compare.

In her speech in Naga City in March of 2015, Aunor would share with the audience how they were so poor that they, as family, would take turns borrowing from the neighborhood store.  Born to Antonia Cabaltera ans Eustaquio Villamayor on May 21, 1953, Aunor remembered a childhood not sad but extremely subsistent.  She knew hunger before songs.  She was the most patient of the siblings to wait on her father who worked as a stevedore in the train station.  At the sound of the train whistling, her father, Aunor recalled, would wake up immediately because that sound meant work, and work meant food on the table.

Who would ever think that I, an ugly girl, would ever be an “artista”?  Aunor asked will all candor that night.  She would not ask the question that the critics would ask later: Who is this woman and why is she able to alter the cultural landscape of cinema in this land?  That question was no question but a defiant answer to a query on art made relevant and new.

Nora Aunor would sing first and win a national singing competition: the respected Tawag ng Tanghalan.  Gone was the girl who had to stretch out her neck to listen to the songs played over the radio of  a neighbor.  Gone was the girl who sang for food.  On that stage, the wisp of a girl sang “Moonlight Becomes You”, defeating singers more educated and with more capital to fund a better dress.  She looked at the sky only she could see with those searing eyes and sang to the moon and the night and the music.

In career that spans almost half a century and continues to this day, she has made more than 170 movies, numerous TV shows and concerts, three plays, and more than 50 music album.  Her TV show Superstar was one of the longest running.  The word Superstar would mean nothing without her.  Her numerous vinyl albums would revitalize the Filipino music industry at a time when foreign artist dominated the recording scene.  Her drama anthologies on television, like Makulay na Daigdig ni Nora, served as a spawning if not training ground for directors who would become master filmmakers.

Then there was the film industry beckoning her, machinery that was built on actors and actresses that had the Caucasian features, the so-called mestizos and mestizas whose images resembled Hollywood celebrities.  And yet, she would conquer this terrain and win over to her side a newly formed critics’ group called Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino.  In 1976, she won the first Gawad Urian for Best Actress, a star and a thespian vanquishing those who ever doubted her.  The film was Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos, where she played lead but thematically a villain.  She was not only an actor in the film; she was also the producer.

She would produce more and act in the films she funded: Bona would join other films as the best in the world, to cite one example.  She would portray Elsa, a reluctant faith healer, in Himala, a film that would be declares the best in Asia by CNN-Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2008.  The role has been lauded by film scholars attributing the mystique of the performance to the fact that Aunor’s fandom parallels the fanaticism and faith of people.  Iconic is perhaps the most abused term writers can give to a celebrity but in Himala, Aunor was Elsa becomes the icon around which doubt and belief circumnavigated, in which religion becomes not a refuge but a refutation.  One can safely say that if an actor can give a hundred shades of black and white, a magnificent canvas of chiaroscuro describes Aunor’s Elsa – timid, manipulative, victim, aggressor, confronting and retreating, in sorrow or in joy – an art to behold and trial to witness by those who believe that cinema is not merely images on the flickering silver screen.

Nora Aunor would win awards in several continents.  The label “Superstar” is never ridiculous when attached to her name.  Lately, she is being called “The Grand Dame of Philippine Movies”’ indicating not her age but her wisdom, not really her longevity but the amazing perpetuity of the acting acumen that has brought forth women whose decisions about loyalty and love, self and nationalism have been questioned.  In Aunor, these women responded back.

Formidable are the characters that Aunor has fleshed out through many decades.  She slept with the enemy in Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos and lived in the home of the enemy she planned to kill in Bakit May Kahapon Pa?.  She lived in Merika and made us think of those decisions to stay in a foreign land all for economic survival; she offered us the terrible options to go to America even if some soldiers of that land could mistake our brothers for pigs in Mina’y Isang Ganu-Gamo.  She looked at the eye of the storm in Taklub and only saw our sense of self; she collected umbilical in Thy Womb because she could not produce one herself.  She, in fact, played mothers and lovers whose duplicity enabled us to gaze not at morality but at the complexity of humanity.

She has won all the acting awards.  She has been elevated to the many Halls of fame.  The world has seen her, and bestowed the accolade on her because she holds the oar and she freely navigates the sea of humanity, ferrying us from shores of ignorance to some afterlife of knowledge through a genius in performance that could only come from poverty, politics and geography – the schools of acting that have given her the boon to share with the many who believe in her.


By Isah V. Red

Tonight, Magpakailanman presents an inspiring story with the one and only Superstar, Nora Aunor.  She breathes life into Nancy Cañares, a caregiver, wife and mother who sacrificed everything just to take care of her husband and save her child from drug and alcohol abuse.

The episode entitled “Ang Sakripisyo ng Isang Ina: The Nancy Cañares story” also stars Ricky Davao, Diva Montelaba, Angeli Bayani, Rexcy Evert, Mannix Mannix, Roy Sotero, Cathy Remperas, Enrico Reyes and Chlaui Malayao.

Nancy and Tony, together with their children, are living a simple and happy life. Until, one day, Tony suffers from a heart attack and is hospitalized.

The family sells their business in order to pay for Tony’s hospital and medical bills. The children even have to stop going to school. As a result, their daughter Jona rebels. She becomes a drug user and turns to alcohol. A fellow drug addict even gets her pregnant.

Despite all these, Nancy remains strong for her family. She goes to school and to becomes a caregiver. She eventually lands a job and able to buy medicine for Tony. She also puts Jona into a rehabilitation center.

Because Nancy is a very good caregiver, her rich employer and patient offer her to go with them abroad.  They are also willing to give her a raise.

Will Nancy leave her family in exchange for a bigger paycheck and the opportunity to work abroad? Or will she let this opportunity pass? What will Nancy still sacrifice to provide a better life for her family?

Tonight’s episode of Magpakailanman also marks the reunion between director Maryo J. Delos Reyes and Nora Aunor. Both had worked in films many years ago.

So, don’t miss this special episode of Magpakailanman tonight after Pepito Manaloto only on GMA7.