Nora Aunor

Nora Aunor (born Nora Cabaltera Villamayor on May 21, 1953 in Iriga, Camarines Sur) is a multi-awarded Filipino actress, singer and producer. Aunor has also topbilled several stage plays, television shows, and concerts. She is regarded as the Superstar in Philippine Entertainment Industry. A number of film critics and movie industry players consider her as Philippine Cinema's greatest thespian and major icon. Nora is the only movie actress to receive the prestigious Centennial Honor for the Arts that was handed out by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1999.

Aunor used to sell cold water by the railroad tracks of Iriga City but soon became famous in 1967 after becoming the grand champion of Tawag ng Tanghalan, then the most popular national amateur singing contest in the Philippines.

Aunor hosted the longest-running musical, top-rating musical variety show in Philippine television. Her show Superstar ran for 22 years. Nora also headlined her own award-winning weekly drama show entitled Makulay na Daigdig ni Nora for several years in the 1970s. In 1992, she was the first actress to star in the Star Drama Theater Presents: Nora, a drama anthology program that featured the leading dramatic actresses that time. In 2002, Aunor made her first and highly-rated soap opera, Bituin, which was aired on ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network.