Superstar Nora Aunor has always been a self-confessed admirer of fellow screen legend Lolita Rodriguez.
“She was my idol,” Nora, known as Guy in show biz, told the Inquirer. “Ibang klase siya. Para sa akin, siya ang pinakamagaling na artista sa industriya ng pelikulang Pilipino. Siya ang tanging artista na hinahangaan ko. (She was one of a kind. For me, she is the greatest actress in the Philippine movie industry. She is the only star I look up to.)”
Guy was stunned when she heard of Lolita’s passing last Tuesday. “Nagulat ako at sobrang nalungkot nang malaman ko na sumakabilang buhay na ang pinakapaborito kong artista. (I was shocked and deeply saddened when I learned that my favorite actress had passed away.)”
For a bit of trivia: Nora took over Lolita’s iconic role of tomboyish Jack in the 1978 comedy, “Jack ’n’ Jill of the Third Kind.” In both the 1954 original and the 1978 remake, Comedy King Dolphy played the role of Jack’s flamboyant gay brother, Jill. (In 1987, “Jack & Jill” was remade again—this time, with Sharon Cuneta as Jack and Herbert Bautista as Jill.)
Lolita and Guy shared the best actress plum at the Metro Manila Film Festival that year for “Ina Ka ng Anak Mo.” (Guy has an entry in this month’s MMFF once again, Arturo San Agustin and Real Florido’s “Kabisera.”
Guy turned emotional: “Saan ka man naroroon, asahan mo na lagi kang mananatili sa aking puso. Hindi ko malilimot ang mga tinuro mo sa akin, at salamat na binigyan mo ako ng pagkakataon na makasama ka at makagawa ng isang pelikula na hanggang ngayon ay ipinagmamalaki ko at ng iba pang mga kababayan natin. Sa aking idol, isasama kita lagi sa aking mga dasal. (Wherever you are, rest assured that you will always remain in my heart. I will never forget the lessons you taught me, and thank you for giving me the chance to work with you and make a film that, until now, I and other Filipinos are proud of. To my idol, you will always be in my prayers.)”
Source By: Internet