Nora's health affecting work

Posted at 02/28/2013 12:24 AM | Updated as of 02/28/2013 12:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Nora Aunor's health has been affecting her professional commitments, according to film director Brillante Mendoza.

"Nabalitaan ko na palagi siya nagkakasakit sa shooting, so minsan napa-pack up ang shooting dahil talagang hindi niya kaya. Syempre ako naman, on my part, I wish her well talaga," the award-winning director told ABS-CBN News.

Mendoza directed "Thy Womb," the internationally acclaimed film that stars Aunor as a Badjao midwife.

"About a month ago, nagte-text pa kami, sabi niya medyo pagod daw talaga siya sa shooting niya. Sabi niya, 'I'm not getting any younger, hindi na katulad nang dati,'" he said.

Dubbed Philippine cinema's "Superstar," Aunor's career as an actress and singer now spans 46 years.

Early this month, reports surfaced that the 59-year-old actress was not able to attend the shooting of a TV series.

"Siyempre dapat lumakas kaagad siya," Mendoza said. "Kanina nga pinag-uusapan namin siya eh, na sana makagawa pa kami ulit ng project."

Mendoza also hopes Aunor will be healthy enough to attend the 7th Asian Film Awards on March 18 in Hong Kong.

Aunor is nominated as Best Actress for her role in "Thy Womb" in the annual film fest.

Veteran actor Eddie Garcia, meanwhile, is also nominated as Best Actor for his portrayal of an elderly gay man in the independent film "Bwakaw" by Jun Robles Lana.