In her 50 years in showbiz, the country’s undisputed Superstar, Nora Aunor, is playing the role of a kontrabida or villain in a movie for the very first time. Directed by Adolf Alix Jr., Kontrabida will have La Aunor portray a composite character alongside other respected actors Jaclyn Jose, Gina Alajar, Rosanna Roces, and Bembol Roco. This is produced by Godfather Productions.

Superstar Nora Aunor | Photo courtesy of Director Adolfo Alix, Jr.’s Facebook page
Nora Aunor with director Adolf Alix, Jr. | Photo courtesy of Adolfo Alix, Jr.’s Facebook page

Siyempre po excited ako dahil sa ngayon lang ako gagawa ng ganitong klaseng pelikula at isang malaking oportunidad sa akin na maibigay ang lead role sa pelikula,” the 67-year old actress shared during the story conference at Annabel’s Restaurant in Quezon last January 21. “Hindi ako nag-dalawang-isip,” she added.

Kabado ako siyempre, ‘no. Ang gagaling ng mga artistang ‘yan. Ilang beses ko nang nakasama sa pelikula, sa teleserye,” the Superstar humbly expressed what she feels about working with some of her co-actors in the movie. “Si Kuya Bembol [Roco], talagang magaling. Si Osang [Rosanna Roces], magaling. Siyempre si Jane [Jaclyn Jose], magaling. Kinakabahan ako, bakit? Sa totoo lang, kinakabahan ako.”

“Walang bida kung walang kontrabida,” the Superstar asserted the importance of villainous roles in cinema. She also shared having no limitations when it comes to the role. This becomes significant as the production teases everyone with the possibility of La Aunor being slapped by a box-office actress in the movie.

When asked for a reaction, the Superstar cracked everyone up by saying, “Bakit naman hindi? Nananampal din naman ako [onscreen]!”

Producer thanks La Aunor big time

2021 continues to be a turning point for La Aunor’s career on and offcam. For simply accepting the project, she gets a major thank-you gift from her producer.

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Ang aking Reyna,” this was actor-turned-producer Joed Serrano’s quick response when the Superstar referred to him as her boss. He also shared his plan of putting up a restaurant in honor of the country’s showbiz icon.

“Kasi nasabi sa ‘kin, Ate Guy, na sa dami ng awards at memorabilia mo, hindi na kasya sa bahay,” Serrano told the actress and the press. “So, nag-offer ako na gawa tayo ng isang restaurant. Ang pangalan nung restaurant, “Superstar.” He referred to Hard Rock Cafe, a chain of themed restaurants holding rock and roll memorabilia, as his inspiration.

“Why not? [Para] sa mga OFWS, sa mga fans mo. For lifetime na ‘yun. You deserve that, more than anything else,” Serrano directly told the Superstar. “Ikaw may-ari nun. Regalo ko ‘yun sayo. Hanggang pagtanda natin lahat, andun ang restaurant na ‘yun.”

Serrano said, “People will be very curious kung anong mga naachieve ni Ate Guy, ano ‘yung mga awards niya, mga plaka niya. Kaysa naman nakatago lang, i-display na natin.”

Wala akong,” La Aunor turned emotional and trailed off as she expressed her gratitude. “Wala akong masabi,” she continued. When Serrano further explained that this is his way of thanking the actress for accepting the role, the Superstar said, “Hindi naman kailangan.”

Kailangan ‘yun, Ate Guy,” Serrano insisted. He also touchingly added, “Atsaka, is-spoil kita sa shooting. Pinapangunahan na kita. Para hindi mo ako makalimutan.”

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