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Nora Aunor dedicates int'l best actress award to people of Tawi-Tawi

Nora Aunor at the NAIA, back from a triumphant moment at the Asian Film Awards: she wants to go back to Tawi-tawi and help poor, underserved communities. ERIC APOLONIO, INTERAKSYON.COM
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MANILA, Philippines - Superstar and 7th Asian Film Awards best actress Nora Aunor dedicated her latest international acting award to the people of Tawi-Tawi in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao where she stayed for three weeks to shoot the award-winning indie film, "Thy Womb."  

Natutuwa naman po ako at tayo ay muling nabigyan ng karangalan sa ibang bansa dito nga po sa katatapos na Hong Kong Film Festival at aking inaalay ang karangalang ito sa mga tao sa Tawi-Tawi kung saan namin kinunan ang mga eksena ng pelikulang “Thy Womb." Ang aking puso ay nasa kanilang lahat," Aunor said on Tuesday after arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City from Hong Kong. 

[I am happy that we've received honor again overseas at the recently concluded Hong Kong Film Festival and I am dedicating this award to the people of Tawi-Tawi where the scenes for the movie, "Thy Womb," were shot. My heart goes to them.] 

"Thy Womb," also won Aunor best actress award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards held in Brisbane, Australia in November. 

At the NAIA, Aunor was greeted by her fans, including airport personnel, posing with them for souvenir photos.

In January, Aunor said she would go back to Tawi-Tawi to fulfill her promise to the people there of building a health center.

Ate Guy said she became close to the people of Tawi-Tawi who mostly belong to the Sama cultural group.

Aunor said she thought of building a health center in Taw-Tawi after she witnessed the difficulties faced by pregnant women in the island-province. The veteran actress said many women there who arre unable to reach the hospital end up giving birth on boats.

She said she also sympathized with the island’s poor people who could not go to health centers when they get sick because the establishments are far from their homes.

Also, Aunor, Nora C. Villamayor in real life, said she would revive NCR Films to produce high-quality movies.