|Nora Aunor receiving her laureate|
by Seymour Barros Sanchez
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)