Nora Aunor Biography, Music, Family, Net Worth and Awards
Nora Aunor (born Nora Cabaltera Villamayor; May 21, 1953) is a Filipino actress, recording artist, and film producer. Aunor has also appeared in several stage plays, television shows, and concerts. She is known as Philippine cinema’s Superstar and is regarded as the People’s National Artist. “The Hollywood reporter” magazine, called her “The Grand Dame of Philippine Cinema” for her brilliant performance in the movie Taklub.
Nora Aunor Early life and education
Nora Aunor was born in Baryo San Francisco, Iriga, Camarines Sur to Antonia Cabaltera and Eustacio Villamayor. She has nine siblings, including Eddie Villamayor, a former actor. When Nora was growing up, her grandmother (Lola Theresa) taught her to sing; the first song she learned was “The Way of a Clown”. An aunt taught her diction, interpretation and expression while singing and took her under their custody[who?] and from whom she got her screen name.
Nora Aunor became a champion at the Darigold Jamboree singing contest singing her winning piece “You and the Night and the Music.” After that she won another singing contest, The Liberty Big Show. Nora entered the national singing contest, Tawag ng Tanghalan, where she was defeated on her first try and became a champion on her second. The Grand National Finals of Tawag ng Tanghalan was on May 29, 1967, where she sang “Moonlight Becomes You.”
Nora Aunor went to Mabini Memorial College (’59-’60) when she was in grade I and transferred to Nichols Air Base Elementary School (’60-’62) when she reached grade II.
Nora Aunor Personal life
Nora Aunor was married to award-winning actor Christopher de Leon on Jan. 25, 1975, in a civil ceremony. She and De León have one child: actor Ian de León in 1975, they also have adopted children Lotlot De Leon Matet de Leon, Kiko and Kenneth. She and her husband renewed their vows on January 27, 1976, in a religious service officiated by Rev Alleysius Rodríguez. The couple separated, and their marriage was dissolved in 1996.
Aunor became a permanent resident of the United States in 2008, but retains her Philippine citizenship. In 2011, she came back to the Philippines to resume her acting and singing career after 8 years on hiatus.