Nora Aunor’s “Thy Womb” wins audience award in San Francisco

Despite being left out in the proclamation of National Artists, Nora Aunor continues to bring pride to the country.

Philippine Superstar’s critically acclaimed movie “Thy Womb” had its official US premiere in San Francisco over the weekend and won the audience award at the annual New Filipino Cinema Festival at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Nora Aunor's 'Thy Womb' wins audience award in San Francisco

Curators Philbert Ortiz Dy and Joel Shepard set a meeting with Director Brilliante Mendoza and convinced him to bring the film in San Francisco.

The film’s screening held last week was sold out, and additional screening days have been scheduled for one more weekend.

It is not the first time that “Thy Womb” was featured in international film competitions.Nora Aunor, won various Best Actress Awards for her role in the film. The director and the film itself, have already won in several international film competitions, as well.

With the recent exclusion of Nora Aunor in National Artist proclamation that sparked many questions and furors,  an excerpt from a recent  Huffington Post might just give her supporters the inspiration to continue fighting for the actress to be declared a National Artist.

Nora Aunor, there was, is and will be no one like you in Philippine cinema. That you are the greatest Filipino actor of all time is beyond discourse. You have done more than bring marginalized characters to life. You have made a statement about our people, about how our authentic stories matter. You have proven time and again that your brown Filipino face is worth a ticket to a movie, defying skin-whitened blockbusters to offer us a true mirror of ourselves. You remind us that in our colonized state, and social and class hierarchy consciousness, brown is not the color of the ladder’s bottom rung, brown is the ladder itself. You are a national artist. You are a national treasure.