MANILA, Philippines - Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada yesterday expressed support for actress/singer Nora Aunor, saying she deserves the National Artist award.
Estrada, himself a veteran actor, described Aunor as an “inborn actress.”
“She is an inborn actress with caliber. She deserves the award,” Estrada said when asked to comment on the decision of Malacañang deleting Aunor from the list of National Artists proclaimed by President Aquino.
Estrada said he had seen Aunor act.
“She deserves it because she’s really talented and worthy of a National Artist award,” he said. “In fact, she won the Famas best actress several times.”
Estrada won the Famas best actor award five times and was subsequently named to the academy’s Hall of Fame.
Known for his action and drama roles, Estrada appeared with Aunor as leading lady in at least three films, one of which was the box-office hit “Erap is my Guy.”
Having been together in movies, Estrada and Aunor also became close in the political scene.
Aunor, the superstar, helped Estrada in his political campaigns, the last during the May 1998 presidential elections.
Estrada, however, had a falling out with Aunor when he turned down the superstar’s bid to run for governor of Albay.
Aunor joined forces with the opposition that ousted Estrada from the presidency in January 2001.