Nora back in PH, vows to visit Dolphy's grave

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 01 2012 10:45 PM | Updated as of Aug 02 2012 07:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actress Nora Aunor was not able to hold back her tears when asked about how she feels about the death of Comedy King Dolphy.

Superstar Nora Aunor. File photo

“Hindi ko makakalimutan 'yung pagyao ng kumpare ko. Malaki ang naitulong sa akin ni pare. Inaanak niya si Ian,” she said, referring to her son Ian de Leon with ex-husband Christopher de Leon.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News upon her arrival in the country on Wednesday, Aunor said she will forever be grateful to the veteran comedian because he was always there to lend a hand during her times of need.

“Noong araw na nangangailangan ako ng tulong, hindi ako nagdadalawang salita, nandiyan siya talaga at laging nakasuporta,” she said.

While she was unable to attend Dolphy’s wake and funeral because she was in the United States, Aunor promised to visit the vetern comedian’s grave one of these days.

“Yun ang plano ko talaga na kahit hindi ako nakarating ng burol, balak kong pumunta at least manlang kahit paano mapuntahan ko,” she said.

Off to Venice

Meanwhile, Aunor is delighted that her independent film “Thy Womb” was invited to compete at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival after failing to get a slot in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Aunor said she is extremely grateful that her movie was invited to join the Main Competition Section at this year's Venice film fest.

“Nagulat din ako at nagpapasalamat na napasama sa Venice 'yung pelikula naming ginawa ni direktor Brillante (Mendoza). Alam mo naman kapag ganyan, para ito sa mga tao na hanggang ngayon ay sumusuporta at naniniwala, lalo na sa mga fans, kaibigan,” she said.

Aunor also said she bears no ill feelings towards the MMFF committee.

“May mga pangyayaring mga ganun pero siguro may kanya-kanyang rules kung ano ang dapat sundin. Hindi rin naman natin dapat sisihin sila kung ano ang talagang nasa puso nila pero ang importante doon kasi, natanggap sa Venice ang pelikula,” she said.

The criteria in the selection of the MMFF's final eight entries include commercial viability, artistic merit, and cultural and historical value.

Aside from “Thy Womb,” another Aunor film, "Himala," by the late Ishmael Bernal will also be shown in the Venice International Film Festival.

"Himala" is the first film to be restored in high definition quality by the ABS-CBN Restoration Project, in partnership with Central Digital Lab, Inc.