Nora Aunor gets praise in US, snubbed in PH

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Nora Aunor’s critically acclaimed movie “Thy Womb” screened its official U.S. premiere in San Francisco over the weekend.

This Brillante Mendoza masterpiece also won the Audience Favorite Film Award at the annual Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ New Filipino Cinema Festival.

Moviegoers were also treated to various Filipino films in the festival including Vilma Santos’ “Ekstra” and “Transit” – the Philippine’s official entry to the Academy Awards.

Curators Philbert Ortiz Dy and Joel Shepard were instrumental in bringing the films from the Philippines to the U.S.

“I’ve been trying to get the film for a year and half and bugging the director Brillante Mendoza over and over,” said Shepard. “I finally met with him with the help of one of his actresses. I had a meeting with him and told him how much people were dying in San Francisco to see this film.”

The award-winning superstar Nora Aunor is one of the most beloved actresses in Philippine cinema.

A recent Huffington Post blog reveres the brown and beautiful Nora as the greatest Filipina actress.

The article points out that while the mestizos and mestiza’s rule Manilawood – Manila’s Tinseltown or Hollywood – La Aunor is a breath of fresh air in “the city of bleached-brown faces and light skinned faces that magically don’t tan in the tropical sun”.

The blog also laments that Aunor was not chosen as one of the national artists of the Philippines.

The Philippine government felt she did not deserve the honor based on her real life trials and tribulations that could taint the image of a great Filipino national artist.

While fellow Bicolanos and fans of Nora Aunor will continue to question why she was snubbed, her film continues to speak for itself.

Last weekend’s screening of “Thy Womb” was sold out, and a few more screenings will be available in San Francisco for one last weekend.

“I don’t know if you notice but the Noranians are here, the Nora Aunor Fan Club,” said Shepard. “We’re sold out and we have more screenings next week.”

Huffington Post blogger Bino Realuyo concluded his piece by saying that the superstar “has proven time and again that her brown Filipino face is worth a ticket to a movie – defying skin whitened blockbusters”.

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