Despite the bad news going on about the Pork Barrel, our country has once again glorified in the recent film festival held in Russia.
The 60-year-old showbiz veteran was named Best Actress at the 3rd Sakhalin International Film Festival, which was held starting August 23 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
The news was confirmed by Mendoza in a text message to ABS-CBN News on Friday.
The Cannes award-winning director, along with "Thy Womb" scribe Henry Burgos, are in Russia to personally receive the award on behalf of Aunor.
This latest award follows a string of recognition for Aunor's portrayal of a midwife who is coping with her own intertility.
She previously won as best actress for "Thy Womb" in the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia.
For the same role, Aunor was given a special award, the Bisato d'Oro for Best Actress, by an independent group of film critics participating in the Venice International Film Festival.
Locally, Aunor's most recent Best Actress award for the same portrayal was at the 11th Gawad Tanglaw held Thursday night. She will also receive a Best Performer trophy on September 3 from the Young Critics Circle.
Congratulations! Brillante Mendoza and your team for making our country proud.