Nora Aunor has a lot to be thankful for.
A day after winning best actress for “Thy Womb” in the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), the Superstar told the Inquirer : “I’d like to revive NV Productions.”
She said she was inspired to go back to producing, in spite of intrigues that hounded her film, which was reportedly pulled out of some theaters to give way to the top grossers.
“Even if I don’t make money, I will continue to make meaningful movies,” she said. “I will produce them myself, and I will take full responsibility.”
In the past, she bankrolled classics such classics as Mario O’Hara’s
“Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos,” and Lino Brocka’s “Bona.”
She said scriptwriter Ricky Lee was collaborating with director Joel Lamangan on a real-life case, the struggles of Edita Burgos whose activist son Jonas disappeared in 2007.
Clearly, Aunor wasn’t daunted by the roller-coaster ride that was 2012. “When I was in America, I didn’t think I could come back here,” she said. “At first, I was apprehensive, but TV5 believed in me.”
She is glad that she has patched things up with two industry leaders, Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda and former President Joseph Estrada. “I approached Manay Ichu during the MMFF press con,” Aunor recalled. Maceda’s only words to her: “Are you a good girl now?”
“I’m happy that she has forgiven me for past transgressions. It’s been decades,” the actress said.
She would like to leave all the negativity behind her, she added. During the MMFF awards on Thursday night, she was the first to approach Estrada, too. “I embraced him—my way of asking forgiveness.”
She has a long thank-you list that she had wanted to highlight in her acceptance speech at the MMFF rites. She is grateful to longtime friends German Moreno and Glenda Kennedy who, she said, never turned their backs on her and who were the ones who helped her when she was in the United States.
Apart from acting in a new series on TV 5 (“Never Say Goodbye”) and producing movies, the singer-actress, who lost her voice in a botched surgery, wants to hold a birthday concert in May.