The problematic Nora Aunor is gone and is bent on correcting the mistakes she has done.
This is what the Superstar told the press when she met them this afternoon at the Boracay room of Shangri-La EDSA Hotel a few hours after she arrived at the NAIA airport via PR 103.
Dressed in a white jacket with a pearl necklace as accessory, the teary-eyed Nora vowed that she will not commit the mistakes she did before and thereby make TV 5 happy about `gambling’ on her through a mini-series she will headline with the Kapatid network.
“ Hindi na magkaka-aberya hindi na magpakaproblema sa akin,” she said. “Kung ano man ang commitment ko sa umpisa hanggang maatapos gagawin ko.”
In a one-one-one interview with Yahoo! Philippines OMG!, Nora said she will no longer be late for appointments, something which she knows her co-workers have complained about years back.
“Kung may mga bagay na di ninyo nagustuhan papatunayan ko sa pagtatrabaho ko sa TV5 at sa `El Presidente’ (the movie she is doing with ER Ejercito’s outfit) na nagbago na ko,” Nora added.
The change, however, applies only Nora’s working habits. The Superstar told the press she is basically the same person they have known years back, when before she left for the US and stayed there for eight years.
“Ako pa rin ito. Wala sa isip ko na superstar ako. Walang pagbabago,” she revealed.
She can’t say the same thing for her singing voice though. Nora admitted that she can no longer sing the way she used to. This is because a cosmetic operation in Japan has affected her voice.
“Hindi na ako pwedeng kumanta,” she admits. “Pero pwede akong sumayaw,” Nora joked.
If she seems full of energy and good spirits despite her long-haul flight from Los Angeles, it’s because Nora saw the outpouring of support from fans and the press the minute she stepped down the plane early this morning.
“Aaminin ko, wala akong naramdaman nung nasa States pa lang ako. Hindi ako excited dahil dun sa mga pinagdaanan kong mga probema. Pero nung bumaba ako sa eroplano, hindi ko na ma-contain yung excitement ko dahil sa mga fans.”
No, she qualified. She has no love life.
“Ang mga fans ang nasa puso ko.”
John Rendez, Nora wants to make it clear, is not her boyfriend. “Susunod si John sa pag-uwi,” she says of the US-based musician who has been linked to her. “Wala namang pinakitang masama yung tao. Napakabait na tao ni John. Mali lahat ng itinamin ng ibang tao sa utak ng iba tungkol sa kanya.”
John, Nora explained, never abandoned her in the States when she was at her lowest point. In return, she wants to help him by promoting his talent for making songs. It is this talent, Nora goes on, that people should focus on, not the intrigues about John.
Speaking of intrigues, what can Nora say to those who think that she should not have accepted the of Emilio Aguinaldo’s wife in “El President” since she is only the second choice for the role first offered to her rival, Vilma Santos?
“Historical movie naman ito,” Nora replies. “At hindi naman sa kung ano, wala na akong dapat ipatunayan.”
“El Presidente,” earmarked for next year’s Metro Filmfest, is not the only movie waiting for Nora. Her good friend German Moreno announced that Regal Films’s Mother Lily Monteverde is also interested in getting Nora’s services again.
This will make Nora’s schedule packed, indeed. She will stay in the country for only three months then return to the US, where she is an immigrant.
She has 20 days to tape the TV5 mini-series directed by Mario O’Hara and seven to 10 days to shoot “El Presidente.” In-between, she has a “Superstar Grand Fans’ Day on Aug, 7 at Broadway Centrum. The fans’ day, says TV5 head of creative and entertainment production Perci Intalan, is only the first of a series of such events the Kapatid network has lined up for Nora.
The Superstar feels so grateful she vows not to let TV5 down.
“Sila (TV5) lamang sa mga ibang istasyon ang nagtiwala sa akin. Sila lang ang nagsugal sa akin. Kaya ngayon pa lamang, sinasabi ko na exclusive ako sa TV5.”
She implied that her since her loyalty is to TV5, she will only appear and grant interviews with the Kapatid network even if Intalan said the network will not keep Nora to itself.
“Hindi naming ipagkakait ang Superstar sa industriya” Intalan declared.
He won’t divulge the location of Nora’s residence while she’s in the Philippines, however.
“We’d like to give her and her family privacy,” Intalan explains.
After eight long years and a lot of catching up to do with family and friends, this is what Nora needs.