Internationally acclaimed Filipino actress Nora Aunor on Monday admitted that she was hurt when President Benigno Aquino 3rd vetoed her in the final list of the National Artists for 2014 that he signed on June 20.
Aunor finally broke her silence more than a week after the President’s unexpected decision that elicited howls of protests from various circles.
In her official statement posted at Interaksyon.com, TV5’s official news portal, she thanked everyone who supported her.
“Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa lahat ng mga taong sumuporta at patuloy na sumusuporta sa akin sa panahong ito ng usapin tungkol sa National Artist Awards [I want to thank everyone who supported and continue to support me on the issue of the National Artist Awards],” Aunor said.
“Inaamin ko pong nasaktan ako sa mga nangyari [I admit I was hurt by what happened],” she added.
But despite her pain, Aunor said she appreciates the outpouring of love and support from her fellow workers in the Philippine movie industry, fans, friends and ordinary Filipinos.
“Sapat-sapat na upang maramdaman kong maski wala mang tropeo o karangalang igawad sa akin ang mga nasa kapangyarihan, iniluklok naman ako ng mga kababayan ko habang buhay sa kanilang mga puso bilang isang artista ng bayan [Even without the trophy or the honor, this is enough for me to feel that my countrymen have placed me forever in their hearts as an artist of the nation],” she added.
“Para sa akin po ay mas totoo at mas masarap ang karangalang ito dahil taos-pusong nanggagaling sa mga taong siyang dahilan kung bakit ako nagpapakabuti bilang isang artista, ang mga mamamayang Pilipino [For me, this honor is more real and better because it sincerely comes from the people, who are the reason why I try to be the best in my craft],” the actress said.
Since her return to the Philippines from the United States in 2011, the actress has been making films continuously, and acclaim for her new works have come non-stop. For example, she won Best Actress awards from the Asian Film Awards and Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Thy Womb, a 2012 film directed by Brillante Mendoza.
The actress is busy finishing Hustisya, a Joel Lamangan film set to be shown at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.