MANILA, Philippines – After a series of botched plans to return to the country, Nora Aunor will finally come home on July 21.
A despedida party in her honor was tendered by her friends in Glendale, California recently as reported by “TV Patrol” July 18.
Nora’s homecoming after eight years of stay in the US is a much-awaited event to her die-hard fans. She is set to shoot a film about a historical figure upon her return to the country.
“Ayoko na nga sanang lumabas kung tutuusin…hindi walang biro. Kaya lang nakaka-miss din naman ‘yung ginagawa mo noon bilang artista,” she said.
The film, “El Presidente,” is about Philippine national hero Emilio Aguinaldo to be played by Laguna Governor ER Ejercito.
“Pumayag na po si Nora Aunor to play the second wife of Emilio Aguinaldo,” Gov. Ejercito announced two weeks back on PEP.
“Nora Aunor will be playing Maria Agoncillo, who’s from Batangas.”
Actually, Nora was second choice to play the part, after it was offered to and turned down by Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, who cited conflict in schedule as her reason.
Filming of “El Presidente” will start immediately after the film production of “Kingpin.”
“Magpapagupit na po ako, magpapa-chato. Then, papadalhan na po namin ng plane ticket si Nora, itse-check-in namin sa isang hotel na malapit sa Aguinaldo Shrine. All of her scenes will be shot in Aguinaldo Shrine, e,” ER said, adding that Nora will shoot for one week.
“The scenes will be with me and Nora and ‘yung secretary ni Aguinaldo, and hopefully nga with Quentin Tarantino (Hollywood director).
“One week po kaming magsu-shooting. Tatapusin po namin ang mga eksena, ‘yung iinterbyuhin ni Tarantino si Aguinaldo, kasama si Nora. Siya ang second wife, e.”
At her send-off party, Nora shared that all she received from her well-meaning friends were “puro pangaral.”
She acknowledged that “maganda naman para sa akin (ang mga pangaral nila). ‘Yung mga fans, nasa puso at nasa isipan ko lang ‘yon. Alam nila ‘yon. Kahit hindi ako magsalita nararamdaman nila kung ano ang ibig kong sabihin. Lalo na ‘to, uuwi ako. Hay, sarap!”
Talks of Nora’s return gained momentum after she was reportedly set to ink a contract with a network. It was also rumored then that she’s set to appear in the network’s talent show as a judge. But nothing came out of it. Negotiations for the Superstar’s return to the limelight reportedly suffered a major setback because no concrete project awaits her until “El Presidente” came along.
However, in a PEP article which came out July 19, German Moreno, Nora’s closest friend and confidante, disclosed that the July 21 homecoming of the Superstar will not push through.
“Inuulit ko, isang text ang ipinadala ni Ate Guy kay Albert Sunga [Nora’s spokesman] na naglalaman na hindi siya matutuloy ng July 21, Thursday,” Kuya Germs announced on his radio program “Walang Siesta,” July 18.
According to the PEP report, Nora has a prior commitment which makes it impossible for her to return to the country on the said date.
“Ang alam ko rin kasi, July 21 ang talagang uwi ni Ate Guy nu’ng last na nakausap siya. Pero ayoko ngang ianunsiyo dito sa radio program ko, kasi baka hindi na naman siya matuloy,” Kuya Germs said.
He explained that “mas maganda kasi na makikita mo na siya in flesh, ‘yung harap-harapan, para masabi mo na nandito na nga siya talaga sa Pilipinas. Mahirap kasi na mag-announce na darating na siya, katulad ng mga naunang sinasabi ko na darating na si Ate Guy, pero hindi naman pala.”
The Master Showman feels “mahirap kasi pangunahan, na kesyo sure na tuloy na tuloy nang uuwi si Guy, pero ang ending, hindi pala. Katulad ng nangyari ngayon, hindi na naman siya tuloy sa pag-uwi.”
The TV host said that Nora might arrive first week of August. But, he warns everyone that “wala pang kasiguraduhan ‘yun, mas magandang hintayin na lang natin ‘yung sinabi niyang date kung darating talaga siya.”