Nora Aunor

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Nora Aunor (born Nora Cabaltera Villamayor on May 21, 1953 in Iriga, Camarines Sur) is a multi-awarded Filipino actress, singer and producer. Aunor had several leading-role performances in stage plays, television shows, and concerts. She is also known as the Philippines' one and only "SUPERSTAR". Considered by the public, critics and her own contemporaries as Filipino cinema's greatest thespian, and major icon of the century. She is also the only actress to receive the prestigious "Centennial Honor for the Arts" given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (1999).

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In Philippine Cinema as an Actress

Nora Aunor as "Elsa" in Himala
She is called the Philippines' phenomenal and one and only "Superstar." Nora Aunor is regarded by many Filipinos as a living legend, an icon. As an actress, Nora is said to have an exceptional acting prowess. She can act through her eyes or without uttering a single word and can deliver the message without using glamour. One quality that Aunor has that the other actors don’t have is, "the sadness of her eyes that set off instant sympathy among moviegoers, what some might call stage presence that dwarfs the rest of the cast."

She is the first Filipino actor to win an International acting award in a Major Film Festival (Cairo 1995 for the movie "The Flor Contemplacion Story") and the most number of best actress wins and nominations in International awards (Cairo 1995, East Asia 1997, Brussels 2004), and nominations (Berlin 1983, Singapore 1997, Cairo 1999, Singapore 1999). She is the first and only Filipino actor to receive Certificate of Honors (Cannes 1981 and Berlin 1983). She is the most awarded and nominated actress in the Philippine movie history. Her awards were given by numerous award-giving bodies in the movie/radio/television/recording industries, government agencies, civic organizations and private entries.

Since the late 1960s, Nora Aunor has starred in more than 170 films[3]. She also received three international best actress trophies, numerous Philippine-based acting awards, and several industry citations. The only Filipino actress who has the most number of films which joined in the exhibition and competition categories in various international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Hawaii, Toronto, Rotterdam, Fukuoka, Cairo, Nantes, Tuscany, Dublin, Pusan, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Penang, Singapore and Brussels.

On screen, Aunor has starred with the popular actors (leading men) of her time, including Philippine president Joseph Estrada, a former actor. She also co-starred with international movie stars like Don Johnson and Sajid Khan in the early 1970s.

The Flor Contemplacion Story

Critics honored her performances in film after film - Minsa'y Isang Gamu-gamu; Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos; Bona; Bulaklak sa City Jail; Condemned; 'Merika; Andrea, Paano Ba Maging Isang Ina; Ina Ka ng Anak Mo. She even surpassed herself in Himala and went on to render three more memorable performances in Joel Lamangan's Sidhi; Bakit May Kahapon Pa, and The Flor Contemplacion Story. But even downright commercial undertakings benefited from her sheer presence. Nora Aunor remains the actress against whom all other contemporary Filipino actresses are measured.[1]

In Philippine Music Industry as a Singer

One of Nora Aunors Album Cover
Known as the Lady with the Golden Voice, Nora recorded more than two dozen albums and scores of hit singles. She received countless gold and platinum record awards, and a handful of music industry recognitions. She has notched more than 30 gold singles, a record in the local music industry. With estimated sales of one million units, Nora's cover of "Pearly Shells" (1971) is one of the biggest-selling singles in the Philippines ever.

At the height of her popularity as a recording artist in the late 1960s and early 1970s, local records soared up to 75% of national sales. She is the artist with the most singles in Philippine recording history (with more than 260 singles). Over-all she has recorded more than 500 songs.

Nora Aunor on her 50th Birthday Concert
In 1991, Aunor's first major concert (Handog) at the Araneta Coliseum(more that 17,000 persons capacity) equaled the audience attendance of The Beatles and Frank Sinatra making her one of the most beloved concert performers of the Philippine music Industry. On her 50th birthday she also staged a major concert ("Gold") which became a reunion for all of her fans and people who loved her through the years. Nora continues to hold concerts in the US.


In Philippine television as a T.V. Personality

Desiree del Valle (left), Nora Aunor and Carol Banawa from one of the scene of "Bituin"
Aunor used to sell cold water by the railroad tracks of Iriga City but soon became famous in 1967 after winning the grand prize at "Tawag ng Tanghalan", a national amateur singing contest in the Philippines.

Aunor hosted the longest-running musical variety show in Philippine television. Her show Superstar was broadcast for twenty-two years. She was the first actress to star in Star Drama Theater Presents, a drama anthology program.In 2002, Aunor starred in her first soap opera, Bituin (Star), which was aired on ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network.

In Philippine Theater as a Stage Actress

Aunor acted in three stage plays to great acclaim: "Minsa'y isang gamu-gamo," "Trojan Women," and "DH ( Domestic Helper.")

Personal life

Aunor's marriage to Filipino actor, Christopher de Leon, was annulled in the late 1990s. She has four children with de Leon. In recent years, despite retaining Philippine citizenship, Aunor has spent most her time at her home in California.

In 2004, the dynamic San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared Aunor's birthday as Nora Aunor Day in the City and County of San Francisco to honor Aunor for her numerous achievements as an award-winning multi-media artist and entertainer in the Philippines and in San Francisco.

After a successful show in Las Vegas last August 31, 2006, Nora received a certificate of recognition from Nevada State Governor Kenny C. Guinn for her phenomenal talent and for being an extraordinary performer.

On September 23, 2006, Mayor Timothy Hancock of Killeen, Texas, proclaimed the date as Nora Aunor Day in the City of Killeen after she held a successful concert there.

The Noranians

Aunor has a close relationship with her fans, whom she makes a point to invite to her concerts and shows.

Aunor's fans are called "Noranians." In the 1970's, "Vilmanians" (Vilma Santos fans) and "Noranians" were at odds with each other since the two stars became popular at the same time. However Santos and Aunor continue to remain good friends despite their fans' animosity.

On September 2000, some Noranians formed a group which they call themselves as ICON or International Circle of Online Noranians. This group is composed Noranians from all over the world. ICON was incorporated as an organization in Texas, USA. ICON seeks the to establish an online forum that encourages appreciation of Miss Nora Aunor’s body of work among the general public through discussions, documentation, and collaboration with other relevant and interested parties in preserving her artistic contributions to the Philippine movie industry.

Television Shows

Year Title Genre
2002 Bituin Channel 2 Soap Opera
2002 Nora Mismo Public Service Program
1995 SUPERSTAR: Beyond Time Musical Show
1995 Nora/ Channel 5 Drama Anthology
1994 Modern Romances / Channel 7
1993 Spotlight on Nora / Channel 7 Drama Anthology
1992 Star Dram Presents - NORA Drama Anthology
1990 Supertar - The Legend / Channel 13 Musical
1984 La Aunor / Channel 9
1974 Makulay na Daigdig ni Nora Drama
1975 Superstar The Longest running musical-variety show
1974 The Nora Aunor Show Variety show
1970 Ang Buhay Ngayon /Channel 2 Lifestyle shows
1969 Nora-Eddie Show Musical-Variety Show
1968 Oras ng Ligaya / Channel 3
  • 1975 Outstanding TV Actress PATAS Sinag Awards
  • 1976 Most Effective Television Actress PATAS Awards
  • 1976 Most Outstanding Variety Show PATAS Awards Superstar
  • 1977 Outstanding Performer PATAS Awards
  • 1978 Outstanding Drama Series PATAS Awards Makulay na Daigdig ni Nora
  • 1978 Outstanding Producer of Best Drama Series PATAS Awards Makulay na Daigdig ni Nora
  • 1987 Best Female TV Host, Musical Variety Show PMPC Star Awards for TV Superstar
  • 1993 Best Drama Actress PMPC Star Awards for TV Star Drama Theater Presents: Nora
  • 1994 Best Actress in a Single Performance PMPC Star Awards for TV Spotlight: Good Morning, Maam
  • 2001 Ading Fernando Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award PMPC Star Awards for TV
  • 2005 Helen Vela Lifetime Achievement Award

Radio Programs

  • Fiesta Extravaganza (DZXL)
  • Operetang Putol-putol (DZXL)

Stage plays

Year Title Producer
1991, Minsa'y Isang Gamu-Gamo PETA (Philippine Education Theater Association)
1993, DH (Domestic Helper) PETA (Philippine Education Theater Association)
1994, Trojan Women/Muslima Babai
 Dulaang Balintataw - Philippine Center of the International Theater Institute  

Leading men in Philippine Cinema

Singer-actor Tirso Cruz III, nicknamed "Pipo" or "Pip", was her most popular leading man. Their tandem lasted into the 1980s. They starred together in a variety of box-office hits like "And God Smiled at Me", "Guy and Pip" and "Till We Meet Again".

Edgar "Bobot" Mortiz, another Tawag ng Tanghalan singer, also acted as Nora's leading man though he was more popularly known as the other half of a celebrated tandem with Vilma Santos.

Award-winning actor Christopher de Leon married Aunor who bore him five children. The two appeared together in numerous films. Their marriage was annulled in the 1990's.

Edu Manzano was usually cast in the role of third party in Aunor's romantic films.

Young actor Yul Servo starred with Aunor in the film "Naglalayag"

Albert Martinez was Aunor's leading man in independent film, "Sidhi", with Glydel Mercado.

Notable Citations as an Actor

  • The only Filipino actor with the most number of best actress International awards & nominations (Cairo 1995, East Asia 1997, Brussels 2004), and nominations (Berlin 1983, Singapore 1997, Cairo 1999, Singapore 1999).
  • The first Filipino actor to win an International acting award in a Major Film Festival (Cairo 1995 for the movie "The Flor Contemplacion Story").
  • The first and only Filipino actor to receive an acting nomination from a Top-Tier International Film Festival (Berlin 1983 for the movie "Himala").
  • The first Filipino actress to sit as juror in an International Film Festival (Hawaii 1996).
  • The only Filipino and Asian actress apart from China's Gong Li to be featured by HBO, an American cable network, in a documentary film about the lives and achievements of the world's greatest actresses (1997).
  • Himala was the first and only Filipino film ever to qualify in the Competition Section of the Berlin International Film Festival (1983). For its international accolades, it bagged 1983's Bronze Hugo Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival
  • Himala was the lone filipino film chosen by CNN as one of the ten best Asian films of all time from the provisional list of 18 great films (September 2008). CNN cited "Himala" for its "austere camera work, haunting score, and accomplished performances that sensitively portray the harsh social and cultural conditions that people in the Third World endure."
  • Himala was awarded the CNN APSA Viewers Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of all Time (November14, 2008)
  • The Flor Contemplacion Story grossed US$ 3.3 million in its domestic and international exhibitions, making it one of the highest-grossing films in Philippine history. {{fix-{{#switch:{{{style}}}

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  • Bona was cited as one of "The Best 100 Films in the World" by the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, USA (1997).
  • The Filipino actor with the most "Best Performer" awards (5).
  • The first Filipino actor ever to win the "Best Performer" award (1978).
  • The only actress included in the prestigious "Centennial Honor for the Arts" given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (1999).
  • The first actress to be honored with the "Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service" (TOWNS) award (1983).
  • The youngest recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" given by the Film Academy of the Philippines (1993).
  • The only Filipino actress to win three successive best actress awards in the Film Academy of the Philippines (1989,1990,1991).
  • Chosen by the Gawad Urian as "Actress of the Decade" (1980s and 1990s).
  • The only Filipino actor to bag seven Metro Manila Film Festival best actress awards.
  • The first actress to be crowned as "Box Office Queen of Philippine Cinema" (1971).
  • Named by S Magazine as the "Philippines' Best Actress of All Time" in 2006.

Other Filmography Awards and Citations (INTERNATIONAL)

Note: Aunor became best actress unless otherwise noted.

Year Name of the Movie Group Award
2004 Naglalayag Brussels Festival of Independent Films[2](Belgium) Best Actress
1997 Bakit May Kahapon Pa East Asia Film and Television Award[3](Malaysia) Best Actress
1995 The Flor Contemplacion Story Cairo International Film Festival[4](Egypt) Best Actress

Filmography Awards and Citations (Philippines)

FAMAS

Year Title of the Movie Award
1976 Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos Best Actress
1979 Ina Ka ng Anak Mo Best Actress
1984 Bulaklak ng City Jail Best Actress
1989 Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit Best Actress
1990 Andrea, Paano Maging Isang Ina Best Actress
1991 Special Citation Best Actress Hall of Fame
1995 Special Citation Circle of Excellence
  • Nora Aunor has received the most number of nominations (16) for Best Actress In A Leading Role by FAMAS until she was elevated to the Hall of Fame. She was nominated every year from 1972 to 1976 and then again from 1978 to 1985.[5][6]

Gawad Urian

Year Title of the Movie Award
1976 Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos Best Actress
1980 Bona Best Actress
1989 Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit Best Actress
1990 Andrea, Paano Maging ISang Ina Best Actress
1991 Special Citation Best Actress of the Decade (1980's)
1995 The Flor Contemplacion Story Best Actress
1996 Bakit May Kahapon Pa? Best Actress
2001 Special Citation Best Actress of the Decade (1990's)
  • Gawad Urian's first best actress, Nora Aunor, is the most nominated lead actress with 16 nominations.[7][8]

Film Academy of the Philippines

Year Title of the Movie Award
1989 Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit Best Actress
1990 Andrea, Paano Maging Isang Ina Best Actress
1991 Ang Totoong buhay ni Pacita M. Best Actress
1993 Special Citation Lifetime Achievement Award
1995 The Flor Contemplacion Story Best Actress
  • Nora Aunor is the youngest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award[9]

Star Awards

Year Title of the Movie Award
1984 Merika Best Actress
1990 Andrea, Paano Maging ISang Ina Best Actress
1991 Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M. Best Actress
1994 Special Citation Star of the Decade (1980's)
1995 The Flor Contemplacion Story Best Actress
2004 Special Citation Best Actress of the Decade (1990's)
  • She received the first Best Actress Star Award from the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC).

Other Best Actress Awards and Citations

Metro Manila Film Festival

Year Title of the Movie Award
1978 Atsay Best Performer*
1979 Ina Ka ng Anak Mo Best Actress
1982 Himala Best Actress
1984 Bulaklak sa City Jail Best Actress
1990 Andrea, Paano Maging Isang Ina Best Actress
1991 Ang Totoong buhay ni Pacita M. Best Actress
1992 Special Citation Gawad ng Natatanging Pagkilala
1992 Muling Umawit ang Puso Best Actress
1996 The Flor Contemplacion Story Plaque of Recognition for Winning in the Cairo International Film Festival
  • Nora Aunor is the first and only Best Performer awardee for Metro Manila Film Festival
  • Is equivalent to Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress Award.
  • The most awarded recipient of the Best Actress Award is Nora Aunor with 7 wins.

Manila Film Festival

Year Title of the Movie Award
2004 Naglalayag Best Actress

Catholic Mass Media Awards

Year Title of the Movie Award
1981 Bakit Bughaw ang Langit Best Actress*
1984 Bulaklak ng City Jail Best Actress

Young Critics Circle

Year Title of the Movie Award
1990 Andrea, Paano Ba Maging Isang Ina Best Performer
1991 Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M. Best Performer
1993 Inay Best Performer
1995 The Flor Contemplacion Story Best Performer
  • Nora Aunor received the first Best Performer award for Young Critic Circle
  • Best Performer — Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role

Quezon City Film Festival

  • 1972 - And God Smiled at Me

Bacolod Film Festival

  • 1975 - Banaue (Grand Buglas Award)

Pasado

  • 2004 - Naglalayag

Davao City Film Festival

  • 1976 - Ibilanggo Si Neneng Magtanggol

Gawad Tanglaw

  • 2004 - Naglalayag

Kritika

  • 1991 - Ang Totoong Buhay Ni Pacita M.

Balatca

  • 2004 - Naglalayag

Ateneo Galian

  • 1991 - Ang Totoong Buhay Ni Pacita M.

People's Choice and PPC Publications

  • 1995 - The Flor Contemplacion Story
  • 1997 - Babae

Notable citations as a recording artist

In 1968, Nora Aunor was contracted by Alpha Records upon the recommendation of singer Carmen Soriano. Although Aunor's first singles were not major hits, she subsequently went on to smash local record sales with songs like "It's Time to Say Goodbye", "Silently", "Forever Loving You", "It's Not Unusual", and countless others. In her seven years with Alpha Records, Aunor was able to set all-time high record sales which up to this day has not been surpassed. At the height of her popularity as a recording artist in the late 1960s and early 1970s, local records soared up to 75% of national sales according to Alpha Records Philippines. She is the artist with the most singles in Philippine recording history (with more than 260 singles). Over-all she has recorded more than 500 songs. She has notched more than 30 gold singles, a record in the local music industry. With estimated sales of one million units, Nora's cover of "Pearly Shells" (1971) is one of the biggest-selling singles in the Philippines ever. Nora has also recorded some 46 hit long-playing albums, and several extended plays.

  • At the height of her popularity as a recording artist in the late 1960s and early 1970s, sales of local records soared up to 75% of national sales according to Alpha Records Philippines.
  • She is the artist with the most singles in Philippine recording history (with more than 260 singles). Overall she has recorded more than 500 songs.
  • She has notched more than 30 gold singles.
  • With estimated sales of one million units, Nora's cover of "Pearly Shells" (1971) is one of the biggest-selling singles in the Philippines.
  • Nora has also recorded some 46 hit long-playing albums, and several extended plays.
  • 1964 Certificate of Honor, First Prize Liberty Big Show, Camarines Sur
  • 1965 Winner (14 weeks) Darigold Bulilit Contest
  • 1966 Certificate of Honor, First Prize Darigold Jamboree, Naga City
  • 1967 Pinakamahusay na Tuklas na Talino, Grand National Finals Champion Tawag ng Tanghalan
  • 1969 Favorite Singer of Northern Luzon Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, Dagupan City
  • 1969 Best New Recording Artist of the Year PREDA
  • 1970 Best New Female Recording Artist of '69 Awit Awards
  • 1970 Singer for the Months of February, March, and April DWOW Radio
  • 1970 Best Female Singer in English Philippine Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • 1971 Female Singer of the Year PREDA
  • 1973 Binibining Pilipinas ng Pelikula at Awiting Pilipino First Lady Imelda Marcos
  • 1973 Top Selling Records, Female Singer of the Year, English Version PREDA
  • 1973 Top Selling Records, Female Singer of the Year, Tagalog Version PREDA
  • 1974 Queen of Northern Luzon for 100 Hit Records
  • 1984 Gallery of Distinction Aliw Awards
  • 1991 Gold Record Award Aguilar Music Corporation Langit Pala ang Umibig the Album
  • 1991 Gold Record Award Universal Records Handog ni Guy LIVE, the Album
  • 1995 Best Country Folk Singer 1st Katha Awards Maliit Man sa Tingin
  • 1995 Best Interpreter of Movie Theme Song 9th Awit Awards Kahit Konting Awa
  • 1995 Gold Record Award Viva Records Kahit Konting Awa the Album
  • 1997 National Music Festival Award Sandiwa Philippines
  • 1998 Dangal ng Musikang Pilipino Award Awit Awards Lifetime Achievement
  • 1999 Gawad Siglo as One of the 50 Best Live Entertainers of the Century Aliw Awards


Awards and Citations from Government Agencies and Other Institutions

  • 1971 Certificate of Appreciation Mabini Memorial University, Iriga, Camarines Sur
  • 1971 Plaque of Appreciation Jose P. Laurel Memorial Foundation Inc., Tanauan, Batangas
  • 1972 Plaque of Appreciation (for helping in the fundraising campaign for the restoration of the Bamboo Or Municipality of Las Pinas
  • 1975 Trophy of Appreciation (for the fundraising campaign, MAMERA KAY NORA) National Mental Hospital
  • 1983 Awardee in the Field of Arts TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service)
  • 1983 Bicol Heritage Award - Outstanding Daughter of Iriga Government of Iriga City
  • 1988 Young Achiever Award - Golden Scroll Awardee National Youth and Young Professionals Council
  • 1990 Hall of Fame, Young Achiever Award, Parangal ng Bayan Office of the President
  • 1992 Plaque of Recognition - Acts and Deeds with Virtues of a True Apostolate of the Twin Hearts of Jesus Twin Hearts Center for Peace
  • 1993 Jacksonville Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Development of Filipino Culture Filipino-American Community of Florida, USA
  • 1995 Grand Achievement Awardee, Parangal ng Bayan '95 Young Achievers Award, Office of the President
  • 1995 Plaque of Recognition Communication Arts Department, Philippine Women's University
  • 1995 Araw ng Maynila Award (Pagkilala sa Larangan ng Sining ng Pagganap) City of Manila
  • 1996 Par Excellence Award Philippine Association of Teachers of Culture and Arts
  • 1996 Parangal ng Bayan Office of the President
  • 1996 Plaque of Recognition Eastern Telecommunications (Eastern Cable) Philippines
  • 1996 Global Recognition Award for Exemplary Contributions to the Upliftment of the Philippine Performing Citynet, Channel 27
  • 1996 Gawad Quezon Awards as one of the 12 Outstanding Filipino Personalities in Literary (Field of Cinema)
  • 1997 People's Award, Filipino Community Wasada University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997 Haligi ng Industriya Award Film Development Foundation of the Philippines
  • 1997 Certificate of Appreciation - as Guest Artist for Pasko '97 Department of Foreign Affairs
  • 1997 Plaque of Appreciation - For Her Invaluable Contribution to the Philippine Entertainment Industry Araneta Center
  • 1999 Gawad Sentenaryo: Sektor ng Kababaihan, Sining, at Kalinangan National Centennial Commission
  • 1999 Centennial Honor for the Arts: One of the 100 Outstanding Filipino Artists of the Century in the field (Actress of the Century) Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • 1999 Lingkod ng Bayan Award - Outstanding Film and Stage Actress and Artist City of Iriga, Guest Speaker for the 31st Charter Foundation Anniversary
  • 2002 Trophy of Citation for her Accomplishment in the Performing Arts and Contribution to Philippine Soci Holy Angel University
  • 2004 Nora Aunor Day - May 21, 2004 Office of Mayor Gavin Newson, San Francisco City, California USA
  • 2006 Nora Aunor Day - September 23, 2006 Office of the Mayor, Killeen City, Texas, USA
  • 2006 Certificate of Recognition (Phenomenal Talent and Extraordinary Performance) - March 31, 2006 Office of the Governor, Las Vegas, USA

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