What more comforting an activity brings to a person in such an uncertain time as the novel coronavirus threat than recollection of the past?
When everyone is confined in the four corners of the home contemplating on the present danger and looking forward to a bright future, actress Nora Aunor brings back the hands of time to ease up her anxious feel of the pandemic. She’s thinking of her glorious musical days. “I want to talk to music composer Danny Tan. I want to meet up with him one of these days. I hope he still has the materials, the songs he composed for me,” requested Nora who had worked successfully with Danny in the 1980s and 1990s especially when he was the musical director of “Superstar,” one of the longest running shows in the history of Philippine television.
Danny was, of course, willing to see and talk to Aunor anytime. “Kaya lang, may (But there’s still) COVID-19 pa. I really want to see her again after all these years. Pag okay na ang lahat, magkikita kami (If everything is back to the way it used to be we will see each other), for sure,” replied Tan to Guy’s request.
Tan, an awarded music man (Best Vocal Arrangement, Best Musical Arrangement, Best Traditional Recording, Awit Awards in 2010, 1997 and 1997, respectively, to cite only a few) has done a lot of compositions for Ate Guy like “Kung Mayroong Pangarap” which the singer-actress sang for the first time in her musical show.
“Hinahanap ko pa rin ang (I am also looking for the song) ‘Iisa Pa Lamang.’ Kasi, si Nora talaga ang original singer no’n. I think kinanta nya ‘yan sa party ng Regal Films or sa show niya mismo (Nora was actually the was the first one who recorded the song. She sang it either in a party in Regal Films or in her show),” recalled Dan.
“Iisa Pa Lamang” was re-recorded by Joey Albert and was made into a film by Regal Films, starred Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta and directed by Jose Javier Reyes.
La Aunor, on her part, has been collecting her old songs. The available ones she listens intently during this new coronavirus pandemic. Aside from analyzing her own musicality—which unfortunately, she couldn’t render her usual singing voice because of a botched cosmetic procedure years ago—she is reminiscing the good old days as well.
Meanwhile, many are still optimistic she could bring back her golden voice, though.
For the moment, acting is still Nora’s penchant. During the height of the pandemic, she did a new media show for Tanghalang Pilipino (TP)’s monovlog, “Lola Doc,” a monologue created by award-winning playwright Layeta Bucoy about the pride of a wife-doctor working with health front-liners amid the grim and tragic life of her physician-husband who died of COVID.
In October, Guy is set to resume tapings of “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit” for GMA Network with fellow stars Isabel Rivas, Ricky Davao, Mylene Dizon, Kyline Alcantara, Divina Valencia, Zoren Legaspi, among others.
Nora was also seen meeting with filmmaker Darryl Yap and actress Rosanna Roces. This could also mean a new film project for the Superstar.
One thing is sure, though, La Aunor will play the heroic woman warrior Salud Algabre, a forgotten member of the Sakdal movement against the American imperial occupation of the Philippines in 1935. “Henerala Salud” is a film to honor the courage and feminine vigor of Algabre and to pay tribute to the bravery of the Filipino women in the celebration of the 2021 National Women’s Month in March.