Nora Aunor to get Gawad Pasado award
Philippine Superstar Nora Aunor will receive the highest recognition, Pinakapasadong Dakilang Artista ng Bayan, to be given by Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro or Pasado at the Quezon City Sports Club in Quezon City at six tonight.
According to Pasado Chairman Manny Gonzales, a professor at the Far Eastern University, Nora more than deserves the award for her invaluable contributions to and influence over the local film industry.
“Marami nang nagawa si Nora sa Philippine movie industry at dahil binigyan siya ng CNN na Best Actress of the Decade para sa pelikulang ‘Himala,’ binibigyan namin siya ng pagkilala.
“And just recently, binigyan siya ng award sa Los Angeles, California bilang Most Outstanding Actress worldwide kaya kinikilala namin ang kanyang kakayahan sa pag-arte,” said Gonzales Friday morning.
“It is a consensus among the members of Pasado to confer the honor to Miss Nora Aunor. It is a unanimous decision from us,” he added.
Although Aunor isn’t in the country yet, her daughter Lotlot de Leon will receive the award in her behalf.
“Tumawag na sa amin si Albert Sunga, ang presidente ng mga Noranians at siya ang nagbalita na pinapunta ni Ate Guy si Lotlot to receive the award for her mother,” informed Manny.
A number of awards will also be given away for various categories in the creative and technical sections of filmmaking in the Philippines.
Pasado is an academe-based award-giving body whose members are composed of teachers and professors from different schools in Metro Manila and the provinces.
It is the precursor of Gawad Tanglaw o Gawad Tagapuring Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw, an organization of mentors in colleges and universities in Metro Manila, whose organizer, Dr. Romeo Flaviano Lirio, is the founder of Pasado.
Before the awards night, a musical concert will serve as front act to be participated in by students and pupils from around Manila and some members of the movie press.
Pasado is just one of the many of award givers in the country to recognize excellence in the art of filmmaking this year.
Gawad Tanglaw took the lead when it held its award rites early March followed by the Catholic Mass Media or CMMA Awards later on.