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Eddie Garcia and Nora Aunor bag acting honors at 7th Asian Film Awards

The Philippines won big at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, where Eddie Garcia and Nora Aunor received top honors, including Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively.

Eddie went on stage to accept his award for  playing an ageing gay who takes care of a stray dog in  Jun Lana’s “Bwakaw.”  He also won the People’s Choice Best Actor Award, determined through a voting poll in Yahoo! Movies.

He bested four award-winning Asian actors, namely  South Korea’s Choi Min Sik (Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time), Hong Kong’s Tony Leung (Cold War), China’s Liu Ye (The Last Supper) and Taiwan’s Joseph Chang (GF*BF).

Nora was also there to receive her award for playing a barren Badjao midwife in Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb.” She bested four other actresses, namely South Korea’s Choi Min Soo (Pieta), Afghanistan’s Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone), Taiwan’s Gwen Lun-Mei (GF*BF) and China’s Hao Lei (Mystery).

Nora was nominated in the People’s Choice Best Actress category, but she lost to  Choi Min Soo. Eugene Domingo, last year’s winner, presented the award.

The Best Picture award went to “Mystery,” while Kitano Takeshi was named Best Director  for “Outrage Beyond.”

The awards night was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre  on Monday, March 18.

One More Try wins Best Picture; Dingdong Dantes and Nora Aunor named Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2012 MMFF Awards Night

Three films distributed most of the trophies at the awards night of 38th Metro Manila Film Festival held last December 27, at the Meralco Theater, Pasig City.

The Thy Womb, El Presidente, and One More Try earned the most awards.

One More Try by Star Cinema has won five trophies; including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Dingdong Dantes.

Seven trophies in turn achieved by Thy womb of Center Stage Productions; including Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award, Best Director for Brillante Mendoza and Best Actress for Superstar Nora Aunor.

The historical film El Presidente of Scenema Concept International, CMB Films and Viva Films has won six awards; including 2nd Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Cesar Montano.

Sisterakas of Star Cinema and Viva Films also won two trophies and one went to Shake Rattle & Roll 14 of Regal Entertainment.

Si Agimat Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako, The Strangers, and Sosy Problems has retrieved no awards.


ACTING WINNERS. Nora won her eighth Best Actress trophy in the MMFF.

Nora defeated in this category were Angel Locsin (One More Try), Angelica Panganiban (One More Try), Janice de Belen (Shake Rattle & Roll 14), and Judy Ann Santos (Si Agimat Si Enteng Kabisote at Si AKO).

In her acceptance speech, the Superstar says, “Kahit lima na lang manonood ng pelikula ko, patuloy pa rin akong gagawa ng makabuluhang pelikula.”

Due to the humor that the Thy womb was already pulled out in some theaters due to its poor box office revenue.

Before his victory for Thy womb, the Superstar last won in 1995 for her performance in Muling Umawit Ang Puso.

Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada presented the Best Actress Trophy in MMFF this year.

There were disputes between Erap and Nora before due to the Superstar supporting former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo instead of the late King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr.

Dingdong Dantes also won his second straight MMFF Best Actor trophy. The Kapuso actor also won Best Actor last year for his role in the horror-suspense film Segunda Mano.

Dingdong’s competitors for Best Actor were Governor ER Ejercito for its performance as President Emilio Aguinaldo in El Presidente.

Their other competitors were Herbert Bautista (Shake Rattle & Roll 14), Bembol Roco (Thy Womb), and Vice Ganda (Sisterakas).

Dingdong and ER were also become deadly rivals as Best Actor last year for Segunda Mano and Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, respectively

Dingdong catch the awarding who came from taping of the primetime series of GMA-7, Pahiram Ng Sandali.  Dingdong didn’t reach last year.

The model-comedienne Wilma Doesnt won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the comedy film Sisterakas.

Wilma beat in this category were Gina Pareño (One More Try), Cherry Pie Picache (The Strangers), Arlene Muhlach (Shake Rattle & Roll 14), and Janice de Belen (The Strangers).

According to Wenn Deramas, director of Sisterakas who received the award for Wilma, the model is currently pregnant.

Cesar Montano won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Andres Bonifacio in El Presidente.

Cesar’s rivals in this category were Zanjoe Marudo (One More Try, Robert Arevalo (Sosy Problems), Baron Geisler (El Presidente), and Christopher de Leon (El Presidente).

This is the second Best Supporting Actor trophy of Cesar in MMFF

He first won in 1989 for Ang Bukas Ay Akin.

Aside from this, Cesar has three more Best Actor trophies: Jose Rizal (1999),Bagong Buwan (2001), and Ligalig (2006).

Kris Aquino and KC Concepcion served as hosts at the MMFF Awards Night.

Nora Aunor Lost Her Singing Voice

Superstar Nora Aunor hoping that she’ll be able to sing again someday. She had a cosmetic surgery years ago that allegedly damaged her vocal cords. After a series of medical check-up and treatment for her vocal cords in the U.S. she returned in Philippines last February.

She did a couple of acting projects, she said every time she sees other people sing it makes her cry since she misses performing so much.

Nora said when she had an interview at the 9th Enpress Golden Screen Awards last March 24 in Teatrino Greenhills,“Umiiyak pa rin ako kapag nakakapanood ng mga kumakanta.  Sa totoo lang,”.

The Superstar received the Lino Brocka Lifetime Achievement award. She learned to accept the fact that a lot of harm has been done even though she regrets the damage to her vocal cords. Nora said, “Masakit talaga. Nagsisi ako kung bakit ko ginawa (ang cosmetic surgery), pero andoon na iyon, eh.  Wala na tayong magagawa.”

Superstar Nora Aunor admits that she always listen to her songs even it hurts her. But despite of this she’s happy because of the Noranians continue believe her. “Iyon na lang ang nagbibigay-buhay din sa akin talaga. Maliban sa pamilya at sa lahat ng mga nagmamahal sa akin,” she said.

Nora gave an update on her medical treatment in the US.  “Na-check-up na ako ng doktor.  Kaya kailangang bumalik ako para sa operation. Totoo iyon (na malaki ang magiging expenses). Kaya pinag-iipunan ko pa ‘yong ibang dapat gastusin”, she said.

She has a new project at her home network TV5 but she will first make a movie with multi-awarded director Brillante Mendoza this April.

Basketball Player James Yap is in No Hurry To Find a New Love

Last August 20, 2011, at the Imperial Palace was the 73rd Birthday celebration of Mother Lily Monteverde.

The Regal Film matriarch said she considers the presence of James Yap as one of the things which made her 73rd birthday complete. She told reporters that she asked for only one gift from her son Dondon Monteverde: “I told Dondon, for my birthday gift, dalhin mo si James sa birthday party ko.” Dondon serves as the manager of the basketball player. Mother Lily really Love James Yap and James Yap feels overwhelm and thankful because of it.

Last June, Kris Aquino told ABS-CBN that she refused to talk to James because of what she experienced at the witness stand duringone of the court hearings related to her petition to annul their five-year marriage. But James pointed out: “Bakit siya magtatampo? Hindi nga kami nag-uusap. Walang tampuhan. Magkaibigan kami pero busy siya, busy ako.” Since James and Kris have been living apart, James said his four-year-old son, Bimby, has been asking him tough questions. The basketball player said: “Si James (Bimby) kasi lumalaki na so kumbaga nakakaintindi na siya. So medyo ingat lang… minsan nagtatanong siya, ang hirap sagutin pero kailangan talaga.” And according to James, he visits Bimby when his schedule allows it.

James Yap clammed up when asked if he was traumatized by his unsuccessful marriage. “Kung na-trauma? Hirap, eh, kasi minahal ko naman. Gano’n lang talaga ang buhay,” he said. But when asked if he’s dating, he replied, “Ba’t gusto n’yo akong mag-date kaagad?” Then he said in jest, “Oo meron….anak ko.” Turning serious, he said that as of now, “wala pa.”

James seems to pretend surprise when asked about his feedback to Gab Valenciano’s statement that he’s dating Isabel Oli, in an interview, “Ha? Talaga? ‘Di ko alam. Mabait naman si Isabel, eh. Kaibigan ko ‘yon,” he said. “Suwerte si Gab kasi mabait si Isabel. Kaibigan ko ‘yon. Sobrang bait na babae,” he added. With the matter between him and Isabel, Yap did not distance himself from the actress. “Hindi naman kasi alam naman namin na kaibigan ko siya. Wala akong masasabi kay Isabel kundi mabait na babae.”

As for another woman being linked to him, Yap once again stressed that he and singer Marie Digby are just friends. “Lumalabas kami as a group. Kaibigan ko si Marie.” James is not surprised with the rumor because he said he’s single. James declined to make a reaction on Digby’s guesting on Kris Aquino’s morning show Kris TV. “Hindi ko napanood ‘yon kasi wala ako dito, eh.”

With the unsuccessful crack at marriage, the basket ballplayer learned a lesson about relationships: “Kailangan talaga magkasundo and kung meron akong magiging asawa siyempre kailangan talaga team kayo. Kumbaga, kung ano ‘yung desisyon kailangang ipaalam sa ano. ‘Yon na ‘yon. Natuto na ‘ko.”

Aside from James Yap, who came with his manager Dondon Monteverde, celebrities who took time to drop by to greet the Regal producer were senators Bong Revilla, Antonio Trillanes, Dick Gordon, also Paulo Avelino, Boots Anson Roa, Ricky Davao, Toni Gonzaga, Paul Soriano, Dennis Trillo, Martin Escudero, Audie Gemora, Gabby Conception and Baron Gieisler. Other stars present to greet Mother Lily are the lead stars of My Neighbor’s Wife, namely Lovi Poe, Dennis Trillo, and Jake Cuenca. Jillian Ward, Mart Escudero, Lan Batherson, and Ervic Vijandre were among the other guests. Ruffa Gutierrez also arrived at the party with her mother Annabelle Rama. When Nora Aunor arrived with German Moreno, Mother Lily personally met the superstar at the entrance of the mezzanine floor where the party was being held.

Nora Aunor is Coming Home this August

Nora Aunor Comes Home on August

A new round of negotiations aimed at bringing the Superstar back home and onscreen is reportedly ongoing. It has finally been confirmed that Superstar, Nora Aunor will be arriving in Manila on August 2, 2011 via Philippine Airlines. She is coming back to the Philippines after eight long years of staying in the United States.

“Nakaempake na po ako. Naka-ready na lahat. Excited na rin po ako makabalik matapos ang walong taon. Sa wakas makakabalik na rin. Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo sa pakikapag-usap sa mga tao para matupad ito,” she said in German Moreno’s radio program Wednesday via live phone patch interview direct from Los Angeles.

Nora Aunor was arrested for illegal drug possession at the Los Angeles International Airport in 2002. This is her first time to go back home after that incident.

Actress Suzette Ranillo, a close friend of Nora Aunor is already in talks with the acclaimed veteran actress to work in the film “El Presidente: The Emilio Aguinaldo Story.” She is going to start the movie with Governor ER Ejercito. Report said that if the plan pushes through, the US-based Nora Aunor will have to shoot her scenes for a week in Kawit, Cavite come August of this year. Laguna Governor ER Ejercito, more popularly known as Jeorge Estregan, Jr. in showbiz, sounded more certain when he discussed the subject to the media last July 10. The actor-politician, who is also set to play the title-role in the movie, said that Nora Aunor has agreed to essay the role of Maria Agoncillo, Emilio Aguinaldo’s second wife. Ranillo, apparently, has been facilitating the negotiations with Nora Aunor.

Ejercito and his team are apparently doing everything to make the project irresistible to Aunor, mainly offering an all-expenses-paid trip for the Superstar. ER said “Nasa kontrata po. Yung kanyang titirhan, board and lodging, food, everything, as for the the plane tickets and her service car.” Ejercito added “Round-trip ticket po ito. Pati service car… Lahat ng gusto niya ay ibibigay namin.” Since Aunor’s scenes will be shot in the historic Aguinaldo Shrine, Ejercito said that she will be billeted in a hotel near the location.

Nora Aunor, however, is yet to sign the film contract. But ER Ejercito said, “Pero positive lahat, eh. Lahat ng signs, okay eh.  Nag-i-email na kami… Sayang, kasi maganda ang pelikula. It’s a historical film. It’s a monumental film. Epic ito, eh. Kaya dapat tanggapin niya,”

The superstar is expected to stay in the country until September this year. She further said she’s thankful to those who helped her get projects in the country especially to Suzette Ranillo and ER Ejercito. She is excited to see her children, siblings, and fans upon her return.

Nora Aunor says she won’t endorse any bet

Nora Aunor tells that she will not be endorsing a political candidate, and will just focus on entertainment career.

Aunor’s statement came after the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting’s (PPCRV) warned that celebrity endorsers should go on leave from their shows and programs for the whole duration of the May 10 poll campaign period.

The COMELEC warning is based on Section 6 (6.6) of Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Election Act which states: “Any mass media columnist, commentator, announcer, reporter, on-air correspondent or personality who is a candidate for any elective public office or is a campaign volunteer for or employed or retained in any capacity by any candidate or political party shall be deemed resigned, if so required by their employer, or shall take a leave of absence from his/her work as such during the campaign period.

As of posting, Aunor, 56, was still in Japan for cosmetic enhancement treatments, including facelift, eyebug removal, and dermal fillering.

She flew to Japan for the cosmetic enhancement and was welcomed by her friend, showbiz columnist Aster Amoyo, and Ian De Leon, her son by former husband, actor Christopher De Leon.

Amoyo, who will now handle Aunor’s showbiz career, arranged the actress’s visa requirements at the Japanese consulate in California.

Aunor’s visit to Japan was her first trip abroad after her 5-year hibernation in the United States.

The “Superstar” and her son will stay in Japan until she recovers from cosmetic treatments.

After she recovers, Aunor will fly back to Manila to face all showbiz offers from television, music, magazines and even movies.

Nora Aunor not coming home this year, say pals

Nora Aunor

Attention all “Noranians:” Don’t be fooled by false hopes. 

Contrary to rumors, superstar Nora Aunor, who is now living in the United States since 2005, will not come home this year, said writer Ricardo “Ricky” Lee. 

Lee, one of Aunor’s close friends, told abs-cbnNEWS.com that the actress has no plans of going back to the country as of the moment.

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Superstar Nora Aunor have been out of the country for several years. That’s why she was also out to showbiz and all of her fans are waiting for her comeback.

Tirso willing to do movie with Nora Aunor

Tirso Cruz III & Nora Aunor (Guy & Pip)

Tirso Cruz III & Nora Aunor (Guy & Pip)

Like most of the country’s Nora Aunor fans, former matinee idol Tirso Cruz III said he is thrilled to learn that the country’s one and only Superstar is coming back to the Philippines after a long hiatus in the United States.

Cruz, the other half of the popular Guy and Pip tandem of yesteryears, said he believes that fans and supporters of the Superstar are awaiting her return. Read more…

The loveteam Guy and Pip was very popular during 70′s to 90′s. I’m sure, lot of their fans want to reunite again their loveteam. Hope they can make movie together.

Nora Aunor back with 1st all-original album


THE SUPERSTAR hasn’t lost her luster.

Nora Aunor, whose long and checkered career officially began as a singer in the 1960s, is back with a new album. Recorded as an independent production in the United States, the 10-track CD, “Habang Panahon,” is her first attempt to interpret an all-original set of material.

Nine of the songs are credited to the husband-and-wife team of Bodjie Dasig and Odette Quesada, likewise the album producers and backup vocalists. Dasig wrote five of the tracks; Quesada penned one; and the duo collaborated on three cuts. Christine Bendebel composed one song.

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‘Nora-mania’ very much alive in ‘Superfan’

nora Even in her absence from the local entertainment scene, multi-awarded actress Nora Aunor lives in the hearts and minds of her ever increasing millions of fans in the country.

The “Nora-mania” is very much alive.

This was evident in all the activities her loyal followers have been holding in her honor. The latest was the showing of a documentary film on the life of one of the most colorful and avid “Noranians,” the late Mandy Diaz.

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