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Cheer Factor: Why Nora is going back to Tawi-Tawi

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In the van, on her way back to the hotel after gracing the Philippine premiere of Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” on Friday night, actress Nora Aunor couldn’t contain her joy—and surprise.

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A passage to Tawi-Tawi

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THE DIRECTOR meets the real La Aunor on the set in Mindanao. Photo by Mark Joseph Griswold

Come hell or high water, Cannes-winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza was determined to shoot his latest film, “Thy Womb,” in Tawi-Tawi, in the southernmost point of the Philippines.

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Tawi-Tawi enchants Nora Aunor yet again

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FRIENDS off-cam. Guy brought noodle soup to costar’s dressing room.  Photo courtesy of Mercedes Cabral

It wasn’t Nora Aunor’s first time in Tawi-Tawi. Still she felt seduced by the island’s pristine beauty.

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Finding Lovi in Tawi-Tawi

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BRILLANTE Mendoza, Lovi Poe, Nora Aunor and Bembol Roco on the set of “Thy Womb” in Mindanao.photo courtesy of lovi poe

The heat on the set of the GMA 7 prime time soap “Legacy” was no big deal for actress Lovi Poe; she had just returned from a seaside set in the South.

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Tawi-Tawi on my mind

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When I first heard the poetic name of Tawi-Tawi, it romanced my mind as much as Bora Bora, Bali Hai and Timbuktu did. It sounded like wafted waves and was as “delicious” as durian, as savory as mangosteen.

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