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Nora Aunor honored with UP Gawad Plaridel

Movie Actress Nora Aunor in a previlege speech after  receiving the University of the Philippines Gawad Plaridel Award at the UP Film Institute's Cine Adarna in Diliiman, Quezon City on Aug. 27, 2014 (Photo by Linus Guardian Escandor II)

Movie Actress Nora Aunor in a previlege speech after receiving the University of the Philippines Gawad Plaridel Award at the UP Film Institute’s Cine Adarna in Diliiman, Quezon City on Aug. 27, 2014 (Photo by Linus Guardian Escandor II)

Veteran actress Nora Aunor has earned another feather in her cap, with students of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication conferring her the Gawad Plaridel award on Wednesday.

The award, given annually since 2004, honors Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in film, radio, television, print and other media, with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service.

Elated with the recognition, Aunor said, “Isang malaking karangalan at hindi ko makakalimutan. Isa ito sa pinakaimportanteng nangyari sa buhay ko.”

The actress-singer, who only finished Grade 2, added, “Sa karangalan (na binigay) ng taga-UP ay parang nakatapos na din ako.”

Aunor is the 10th recipient of the Gawad Plaridel after the likes of Jose “Pete” Lacaba, Florence “Rosa Rosal” Danon-Gayda, Eloisa “Lola Sela Bungangera” Canlas, Kidlat Tahimik, Pachico Seares, Cecilia “Cheche” Lazaro, Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo, Vilma Santos and Eugenia Duran-Apostol.

It is the latest of several awards bestowed on Aunor following her omission from the list of National Artist awardees some few weeks ago. These include the the Tunay na Alagad ng Sining award as given jointly by the Quezon City Public School Teachers Association and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers; and the Artista ng Bayan award from Gabriela and Peace for Life.

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) also honored Aunor with the Pambansang Artista ng Mamamayan award on Friday.

Aunor commented, “Nakakatuwa dahil sa hindi man ako na-recognize ng ibang tao, (na-recognize naman ako ng) taumbayan at mga estudyante at mga teachers.”

Meanwhile, Aunor revealed her plans to return to producing movies before the year ends. She also aims to establish her own independent film production.

“Walang pagkakaiba ang paggawa ng indie (at mainstream) kasi nakakagawa ka ng indie na maganda na nagugustuhan sa ibang bansa at nagbibigay ng karangalan para sa Pilipinas, kagaya ng ‘Thy Womb’ at ‘Hustisya,’ umiikot din sa buong mundo at dito din sa Pilipinas,” she said.