MANILA, Philippines – Superstar Nora Aunor was recognized by the University of the Philippines this year, awarding her the Gawad Plaridel Award at the UP Film Center, Wednesday, August 27.
The award named after Marcelo H. del Pilar is given to a Filipino media practitioner who has achieved success in the field of film, print, TV and radio. (READ: Nora Aunor to receive 2014 UP Gawad Plaridel Award)
“Isang malaking karangalan at hindi ko makakalimutan. Isa ito sa pinaka-importanteng nangyari sa buhay ko,” the actress said upon receiving the award. “Sa karangalan ng taga-UP ay parang nakatapos na din ako.”
(This a big honor and I will never forge this. this is one of the important moments that happened in my life. With the honor given by UP, I feel like I finished school as well.)
During her the talk attended by teachers and students from UP and other schools, the actress said that she only finished until Grade 2. She also shared her humble beginnings on how she started as a singer, an actress, and eventually as a movie producer.
Aunor or Ate Guy also said that she was a big fan of her good friend and rival Vilma Santos, who was given the same award in 2005.
In an interview with reporters after the ceremony, Aunor said that she is happy since the award was given by the university and its teachers.
“Ang nararamdaman ko ngayon ay iba, eh. Iba kapag UP ang nagbigay sa iyo ng karangalan. Sabi ko nga kanina, hanggang Grade 2 lang ako pero pagtayo ko sa stage ng UP ay parang graduate na din ako ng Unibersidad. Masayang masaya ako.”
(What I am feeling is different. It is different when it is UP that gives you the honor. As I said awhile ago, I only finished until Grade 2, but when I stood on the UP stage, I felt like I graduated from the university. I am very happy.)
“Nakakatuwa dahil sa hindi man ako ni-recognize ng ibang tao, ang taumbayan at mga estudyante at guro ay nagbibigay sa akin ng parangal,” she added.
(Of course I am very happy, because while other people have not recognized me, its the people, the students and teachers who give me the honor.)
The UP Gawad Plaridel Award is the latest achievement for the actress, after the controversy surrounding the removal of her name from the final list of this year’s National Artists.
On July 1, President Benigno Aquino III spoke about the issue, saying that Aunor’s name was removed due to her drug case in 2005.
But the lawyer of the actress in the United States, Claire Navarro Espina, said the actress was never convicted of any crime involving drugs when she was in the Los Angeles. – Rappler.com