|Eugene Domingo receives a bouquet of flowers from Nora Aunor. Photo from PETA's Facebook page
MANILA, Philippines – Eugene Domingo got the surprise of her life when Nora Aunor, the original “Bona,” watched the comedian reprise her iconic role in the stage adaptation of the 1980 Lino Brocka classic.
Aunor, also known in the Philippines as the Superstar, joined Domingo on stage during last weekend’s curtain call and gave her flowers.
Domingo is a self-confessed fan of Aunor.
“Can you believe it, when the original Nora Aunor surprised me and went to the theater and watched last weekend. Jesus Christ, hindi pa ako maka-recover up to now,” the comedian said in an interview on “Mornings@ANC” on Thursday.
“And then during the curtain call, she went up the stage and gave me flowers. And all in all, that was magic for me,” she added.
In the original “Bona,” Aunor played the role of a loyal suffering fan of a movie bit player portrayed by Philip Salvador. She won the Best Actress award from the Urian for her performance in the film.
“Bona” was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981.
The Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) adaptation, which is billed as a comedy drama, saw the lead character Bona as a call center worker who is a die-hard fan of an up and coming actor.
“Marami akong hinahangaan but to reprise a classic role like ‘Bona’ which was played by her (Aunor) brilliantly and to be watched by her and she was very entertained, and getting flowers from her, Jesus,” a starstruck Domingo said.
“Thank you to Ms. Nora Aunor. Kung mayroon man akong hinahangaan na mga artista, definitely is siya sa mga ‘yun,” she added.
“Bona” runs until September 23 at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City.
Read ABS-CBNnews.com’s review of the play here.