Nora on National Artist award: Huwag naman po

By Reyma Buan-Deveza,

Posted at Jan 17 2014 11:04 AM | Updated as of Jan 18 2014 05:47 AM

Nora Aunor. Photo: ABS-CBN

MANILA - Veteran actress Nora Aunor believes that she is not worthy to be given the National Artist award.

In a recent interview with members of press for her upcoming indie film "Padre de Familia," Aunor said that there are Filipinos who are more deserving to be called National Artists.

"Ay hindi po, ay hindi po. Sabi ko sa kanila huwag naman at baka mapahiya tayo. Para sa akin ay mas marami pang karapat-dapat na bigyan ng titulong National Artist," she said.

Aunor said she is just happy that her friend and former showbiz rival, actress-politician Vilma Santos, believes that she deserves the honor to be called one the country's National Artists.

"Ay mabuti naman po, good naman po 'yon," she briefly said, reacting to Santos' statement.

Coco Martin, Aunor's co-star in "Padre de Familia," also expressed her support for the veteran actress.

"Dapat [siya maging National Artist]. At saka hindi lang naman dito, 'yung karangalan na ibinibigay niya hindi lang naman sa bansa natin. 'Yung pagbalik lang niya sa Pilipinas, yung 'Thy Womb' 'yung recognition na ibinigay noon (sa bansa)," he said.