Nora wants her voice back

Superstar is Boston-bound again for a long-overdue throat surgery


NORA Aunor at the press con in California.HYDEE ABRAHAN / CONTRIBUTOR

SAN FRANCISCO, California— Nora Aunor is bound for Boston, Massachusetts, to undergo a long-overdue throat operation, the award-winning actress told the Inquirer.

In February 2010, the concert, TV and movie artist dubbed the Philippines’

“Superstar”—who was based in the United States at the time—underwent cosmetic surgery in Japan that reportedly damaged her vocal chords.

Asked whether she was nervous about going under the knife once again, she replied: “Yes, a little, but I’m confident that the doctors there are very professional. They’ve done similar procedures with success.”


According to online reports, Nora was in Boston last January for a series of checkups.

She recalled her botched operation in Japan: “I was put to sleep for three days. When I woke up, I kept screaming but I couldn’t hear my voice. I realized that the doctors had punched a hole in my throat.”

She was forced to lip-synch her songs during a concert in Toronto in May 2010. Doctors told her not to use her voice, not even to speak, but she still recited her spiels. She hasn’t done another show since.

New movie

Nora will soon be seen in her first big film in eight years, Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb.” Shot entirely on the island province of Tawi-Tawi in Mindanao, the film is about a Badjao midwife struggling with her own infertility.

Nora said she worked on the film for two straight weeks: “The hardest part was being under the scorching sun for days while I learned to maneuver a boat and weave straw mats.”


She also had to learn to deliver babies: “That was scary. I never knew how fragile newborns were until then. I was afraid to hold them but when I finally did, I was so happy; it felt really good.”

Nora found Mendoza’s directing style unorthodox (for a start, he preferred working without a script), but said she was comfortable with it. She explained: “On the day of the shoot, we discussed the scenes. He explained what he wanted me to do. I liked it that way. Even in previous movies, I never memorized my lines. I like to be spontaneous.”

She was last seen in the award-wining Maryo J. de los Reyes film “Naglalayag,” which won for her the best actress award at the 2004 Brussels International Film Festival in Belgium.

No fear

Didn’t she fear for her life while working in Tawi-Tawi, which is reportedly rebel-infested? “Not at all,” Nora replied. “The people in Tawi-Tawi are very kind. We had security escorts but we felt so safe that we asked them to help in crowd control instead. Walang nanggugulo. Everyone was hospitable and very respectful of outsiders. That’s one reason that we finished shooting ahead of schedule.”

Nora was among a group of talents from TV5 who flew to San Francisco to attend the launch of the network’s two international channels—Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International—at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on June 2.

‘Wil Time’ in SF

The game show “Wil Time Bigtime,” hosted by Willie Revillame, gave away big cash prizes to US-based Filipinos on that day. Also present were Kapatid talents Derek Ramsay, Aga Muhlach, Ruffa Guttierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Mariel Rodriguez and Camille Villar.

Top network executives led by chair Manny V. Pangilinan attended a press conference on June 1 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

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  • colliev

    Nora, the one and only superstar.
    Very nice to hear. But don’t you guys think that this is a curse?
    During the time Inday Badiday was “building her up” there was a
    show in Broadway (New York, of course) with the same title. The
    big difference is that the title was meant for Jesus Christ. Did
    the people around Nora Aunor like Inday Badiday coin that
    word for her after learning about the show? And Nora accepted
    the title for her with much”gusto”. This was  sacrilage, Jesus
    Christ is the only Superstar, no other. And look what happened,
    Nora’s family and career life were  both doomed as soon as she
    carried the title. For all
    her talent especially in singing was worth of she should have
    not grabbed or accepted such title but instead something that’s
    meant only for human beings. It’s time for her to distant herself
    from the title and everything might change. One and Only Nora
    Aunor is good enough!!! But superstar? No way!

    • Renato S Velasquez

      walang himala…..

    • JX Peron

      Yet another misguided, even close-minded, understanding of religious imagery…

    • marc

      Is there a verse in the bible that they call Jesus “Superstar”? Wala yata. Parang it came from a stage play na “Jesus Christ, Superstar” noon. Tama ba ako? Anyway, hindi naman si Nora ang nagbansag sa kanya na tawagin siyang superstar kungdi ang Masa. Dahil sa hindi pa nadu-duplicate na phenomenon niya. Ano kasalanan ni Nora dun? At hindi naman dapat isisi sa Diyos kung mayroon mang hindi magandang nangyari sa buhay ng Superstar. At ang alam ko, hanggang ngayon, naiilang si Nora pag tinatawag siyang superstar, na karapat dapat lang naman dahil sa mga naitalang kasikatan at achievements ni Nora sa industriya.

    • Adam35

      I believe what happened to La Aunor is not because of ‘sacrilege” by using the word SUPERSTAR. The word actually means a high-profile and extremely successful performer or athlete. It has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Except from that musical of the same title that was become popular in the 70s. But isn’t it contradicting that one believes in God and curses (which is a belief popular only among the Godless) at the same time?

      MS. NORA AUNOR’s misfortune was actually brought about by herself (she went on drugs to say one). Or she simply mismanage her kasikatan at ang sarili.

      If one believes in God, then maybe its a sign from Him that La Aunor should stop singing already. Also, there is time for everything as per the Bible (Ecclesiastes) . In other words tapos na itinadhanang panahon nang kanyang pagiging superstar.

  • hustlergalore

    aster amoyo must be held criminally liable.

    • Borogol

      right! if one would just google Nora Aunor Endorses Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetic Center (Philippines)… that is where it started..

  • nipahut88

    Nora should be serious on bringing her voice back. She should make an appointment to the doctor in Boston and go from there. We have modern technology here. 
    Hindi yoong pinakita mo lang tapos di kana bumalik. Hope your money is still in tack to spend for this operation.Sana maayos na ang buhay ni Nora. Inumpisahan ng TV5 sana tuloy tuloy na.

  • Billy Sienes

    The word or title Superstar is not biblical. Jesus was called Superstar only in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Nora Aunor did not commit sacrilege for being named by her supporters as Superstar. It was not a title she asked for herself.

  • maximus commentus

    sa yosi, lagi kang talo

  • rnoldrmada

    Crystal meth can damage your vocal chords long with other important organs.

  • FClive

    She is our Whitney

  • Borogol

    poor Nora… the Japanese company who paved the way for the operation must be sued… she is at par with Dolphy. if I remember it right, it was Shinagawa clinic (something)in Tokyo. Probably the same one here in Philippines. Well, only Filipino will care of filipino…

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