MANILA, Philippines -- It cannot wait any longer: next year marks the return of Nora Aunor as the country's "golden voice."
Coming off her string of successes this year as Philippine cinema's "Superstar" -- her role in the Brillante Mendoza film "Thy Womb" has earned international acclaim; "Himala" was released again after 30 years in restored high-definition version -- Aunor is setting sights on finally singing again after a long break from the music scene.
This time around, the veteran actress, 59, is ensuring her comeback concert will actually push through.
"Sigurado 'yun," Aunor was quoted as saying by entertainment news website Philippine Entertainment Portal. "Kakarerin ko na 'yun. Magku-concert na ako sa May 21. Itutuloy ko na."
According to Aunor, she will return to Boston, Massachusetts to undergoing an operation to regain her singing voice. "Alam na nila. Pag-uusapan yung schedule, hindi puwedeng hindi," she said.
In September, the Superstar told radio dzMM that she had intended to put off the procedure, pointing to her thriving showbiz career. Aside from "Thy Womb," Aunor stars in another film entry in the upcoming 38th Metro Manila Film Festival, the Emilio Aguinaldo biopic "El Presidente."
"'Yung therapy ang matagal," she said at the time. "Kasi sayang naman kung mawawala na naman ako, kasi kailangan, sabi ng doctor, pagkatapos ng operation, kailangan mag-therapy ako sa New York, at magse-stay ako syempre."
In January this year, Aunor had a preliminary check-up in, also in Boston, which, at the time, was planned to be followed up with an operation upon her return to the United States.
Aunor's long hiatus from the music scene stems from a botched cosmetic procedure in Japan which allegedly affected her singing voice. She has undergone a number of treatments and operations to regain it.