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VIDEO | Nora Aunor sings for the first time since showbiz comeback in 2011

Nora Aunor sings on the GMA late night variety show 'Walang Tulugan' on Saturday.

After many years of absence, Nora Aunor’s singing voice was back on air. And it came in a performance of a full song at that. Alas, the main vocal track wasn’t live.

The performance came at the tailend of last Saturday’s “Walang Tulugan with Master Showman,” GMA’s weekly late-night variety show hosted by the Superstar’s longtime good friend, German “Kuya Germs” Moreno. It was the show’s 18th anniversary, and Nora was the very special surprise guest.

Garbed in a yellow suit with a gray jacket, Nora appeared on centerstage escorted by Kuya Germs as the music started playing. And then she raised her microphone to her mouth to start her performance.

It was obviously supposed to be a lip-synch. But apparently the technician forgot to turn off Nora’s mic. Her live vocals could be heard faintly under the song’s recorded vocal track during the first verse.

It was Nora’s first ever musical number since her showbiz comeback in 2011. The legendary music icon, who entered showbiz as a singer via “Tawag ng Tanghalan”, infamously lost her “golden” singing voice during a botched surgical operation in Japan in 2010 under a supposed endorsement deal with a Japan-based cosmetics clinic.

The performance was doubly noteworthy because of the song choice. It was a tender romantic ballad entitled “Habang Panahon,” the title track of the album Nora recorded in the US in 2008. It was the first time ever she performed anything from the CD that has yet to be released in the Philippines.

It ought to be. The 10-track album, composed and produced by singer-songwriters Odette Quesada and Bodgie Dasig (of “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko” fame), is Nora’s first album of all-new, all-original material since the “Langit Pala ang Umibig” album, written and produced by Freddie Aguilar, from the early 1990s.

Nora Aunor wipes 'Walang Tulugan' host German Moreno's tears after she made him cry with her performance.

It is also one of her best. The songs, mostly light ballads witb a couple of uptempo tunes that wouldn’t sound out of place in an album by The Company, are classy especially by OPM standards.

And they totally showcase Nora’s clear, rich, chocolate alto and, more notably, her special gift for musical emoting with soulful shading.

In an album of gems, the three that shine best are the anthemic pop-rock “Ganiyan Nga Ba,” the lovely “Starlight,” and the wistful title track.

Here’s wishing that golden voice returns soon so that Nora can record more brilliant OPM music that’ll last “habang panahon”.
“Habang Panahon” is available for purchase in CD and digital formats in

Watch Nora’s “Walang Tulugan” performance here in this video uploaded by YouTube user mabauhay1970: