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Nora Aunor says past with Tirso Cruz a closed book

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MELLOW GUY AND PIP Things between them used to be pretty intense, she says now.

For Nora Aunor, reuniting with former reel- and real-life sweetheart Tirso Cruz III in TV5’s made-for-TV movie “When I Fall in Love” (WIFIL) was just part of the job. But for zealous fans of the wildly popular tandem in the 1970s, seeing Guy and Pip together again onscreen is sure to be just as thrilling as it was back then.

“The fans haven’t changed one bit,” the acclaimed actress-singer told a small group of reporters at a recent press screening of WIFIL, directed by Joel Lamangan and produced by Studio 5.

“Tirso and I worked well. But the most important thing is that we are giving happiness to all those who still believe in us,” said Nora. The last movie that they top-billed was the Elwood Perez drama “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit” in 1989.

Closed chapter

A lot has changed, Nora noted. “The past is a closed chapter. We have our own families now.” And they no longer held hands on the set when the cameras stopped rolling, she said, laughing. “It used to be intense.”

Asked if Maria Leonora Theresa—the doll that fans considered their child—would make an appearance in WIFIL,  Nora, 60 now, quipped: “Waz! Hindi ko nga alam kung asan na ’yung batang ’yun!”

She has her hands full with acting projects both for TV and film. The Kapatid star will also be in the musical drama TV series “Trenderas,” and will headline several indie movies—Perci Intalan’s drama-thriller “Dementia,” Adolf Alix Jr.’s “Padre de Familia” and “Whistleblower,” and another one by Lamangan.

Kind words

She has the kindest words for “Padre” costar Coco Martin: “Coco is such a good actor and person. Huwag sanang may magtampo, pero iba siya sa lahat ng mga nakatrabaho ko. He was so thoughtful, and called me ‘Nanay.’ He always asked me what I wanted to eat, and brought food cooked by his grandma to the set.”

This year, Nora hopes to revive her movie outfit, NV productions, hold a concert, and do a stage play. The last two would require restoration of her voice through surgery. She is determined to finally have this done, possibly in the United States.

A botched cosmetic procedure in 2010 turned her golden voice into a tired rasp. “I miss singing,” she said.

WIFIL is one of four original made-for-TV movies that TV5 is presenting Tuesdays of this month. It airs Feb. 11. The Alice Dixson starrer, “The Lady Next Door,” aired Feb 4; Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Daniel Matsunaga’s “The Replacement Bride,” Feb. 18; Derek Ramsay and Angel Aquino’s “Bawat Sandali,” Feb. 25.


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  • Noel

    Tirso or Pip was a decent good looking man who rode on Nora’s popularity at that time. Tirso never loved Nora. It was Nora who chased him as she always did in her later life crazy about mestizo looking guys. Even if Tirso continued the relationship with her for real, he would later dump her for being a gambler, drug addict and possessing some homosexual tendency.

    • Tatlong Hari

      Love her or hate her but nobody can dispute, she s the greatest actress the philippine cinema has ever seen.

    • nestorD

      noel kwento ka naman ng tungkol sa archrival nyang si VE, halata ka e, gusto mo ikwento ko ang paghahabol ni ve sa mga may asawa like FPJ, at ang very controversial affair with a married man RV, the LEGAL husband of amalia Fuentes PLUS yung kanyang affair kay Portia Ilagan, the T-bird. And how about her craving do Marijuana during the filming of Miss X, YOU MAY ASK DIREK GIL PORTES. and also her MAHJONG HABIT with friends– kahit ano pa itawag mo dun, MGA PINAGDAANAN DIN NIYA ANG MGA BAGAY na ito, SO BETTER CHECK on your motive, BAGO ka mag type sa computer mo/. pag-aralan mo na lang MAGPATAWAD AT NG LUMINIS ANG PUSO MO SA PAGTINGIN SA KAPWA MO TAO, BAKA sakaling luminis din, sin linis ng pagtingin mo kay ve, PASALAMAT ka at may NORA AUNOR, kung hndi baka puro bomba films ang pnapanood mo hanggang ngayon. PASALAMAT KA DIN at NAKATIKIM ka ng matitinong pelikula at nag uwi ng 4 NA KARANGALAN SA ATING BANSA,mas marami kaysa sa idol mo. .

      • Noel

        Pinag-uusapan dito sina Ate Guy at Pip. Siyempre may alam din ako sa rival niya. Nahuli ngang nakikipaglambingan kay EM na ngayon ay isa nang TV show director. Iyong relationship niya kay RV, may betamax pa nga. Kaya lang marunong magdala itong isa di gaya ng idol mo na nagwala pati si Erap kinatalo. Walang utang na loob.

      • John Powers

        huwag ka na lang mag kwento ng mga negative issues dahil you dont really know the real NORA AUNOR and VILMA SANTOS… .marami silang mga mabuting nagawa sa iba…..at saka nagbigay sila ng maraming karangalan sa Pilipinas…..hindi mabuting ugali ang manira ng ibang tawo…and i think wala naman seguro silang masamang nagawa sa inyo….PEACE….

      • Noel

        Marami silang mabuting nagawa…mga pelikula. Si Vilma na Governor ngayon ng Batangas…talamak pa rin ang jueteng at droga. Si Nora, nakalimutan mo na bang nahulihan ng droga sa airport sa US?

  • emri

    seryoso? namuti na ang buhok ng lolo ko guy and pip pa din ang issue? lol. pero saludo pa din sa magagaling na mga artista.

  • UrHONOR

    PAANO NA SI Vi at Edgar? Pagkatapos na magdalang-tao ni Edgar, siguro matutuwa na ulit ang mga VILAMANIANS at MORTIZIANS sa muling pagtatambal ni Vi at Edgar! :)

  • Juan Sanchez

    eh nasaan na ba si manny de leon?



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