Nora Aunor (born Nora Cabaltera Villamayor; May 21, 1953)is a Filipino actress, recording artist, and film producer. Aunor has also appeared in several stage plays, television shows, and concerts. She is known as Philippine cinema’s “Superstar” and is regarded as the People’s National Artist.The Hollywood Reporter called her “The Grand Dame of Philippine Cinema” for her performance in the movie Taklub.
Aunor started her career in the Philippine entertainment industry as a singer after she won an amateur singing contest.She made her film debut with All Over the World (1967) and appeared in youth-oriented films produced by Vera-Perez Pictures and United Brothers Production. Aunor transformed herself into a serious actress and came to be regarded as an acting heavyweight, performing in films such as Tatlong taong walang Diyos (1976), Himala (1982), Bona (1980), The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995) and Thy Womb (2012) which gave her international and local awards and nominations.
Aunor received 17 FAMAS Award nominations and was elevated to the “Hall of Fame” after winning five Best Actress Awards. She is the most nominated actress of Gawad Urian Awards with 21 nominations, winning seven. She has more nominations as Best Actress than any other Filipino actor in both FAMAS and Gawad Urian award giving bodies. She has won eight trophies from PMPC Star Awards for her work in television and movies, eight Metro Manila Film Festival, four Luna Awards, five Young Critics Circle Awards, a Cairo Film Festival award, an Asia Pacific Screen Awards, an Asian Film Awards, among others.
In 1983, Aunor was recognized as one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) in the Field of the Arts.In 1999, Aunor received the Centennial Honors for the Arts awarded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).She was the only film actress included in the list of awardees. In 2010, she was hailed by the Green Planet Movie Awards as one of the “10 Asian Best Actresses of the Decade”.She received the Ani ng Dangal Award (Harvest of Honors).from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2013, she received the “Light of Culture Awards from Philippine Centre of the International Theatre Institute and the ITI-Earthsavers UNESCO Dream Center for pioneering in the integration of theater, television, and film.In 2014, Aunor is the recipient of University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications, Gawad Plaridel Award.On September 17, 2015, Aunor was conferred the Gawad CCP para sa Sining for Film and Broadcast Arts, the highest award given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.She was also conferred of the Gusi Peace Prize in 2015
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