Actress Lorna Tolentino admits that December will be herlowest point this year. Of course, in25 years, she's used to celebrating Christmas with her husband, late actor RudyFernandez, and their two sons Ralphe and Renz. However, this changes since she's still mourning for losing her husbandbecause of peri-ampullary cancer last June.
Despite this, the 46-year-old found a diversion by doing theinspirational album that she did with Rudy's close friends in showbusiness. Star Records created thesecond installment of the HOPE CD titled Wings of the Soul. This will bereleased during the first week of December.
While doing the album, Lorna said that being busy helped her deal with the problem of missing her husband somuch.
"Noong ginawa ko ang H.O.P.E. CD, mas na-lessen 'yong mgainiisip ko na pagka-miss ko lalo na kayRudy. Siyempre busy 'yong mind mo kapagnagtratrabaho ka. Kapag nag-iisa ka nalang doon mo maaalala. Pero kapag busyka, siyempre, at least 'yong mind mo doon focused sa ginagawa mong trabaho," theactress explained last night, November 26, after the contract signing withABS-CBN at the 9501 Restaurant, ABS-CBN Compound in Quezon City.
In an interview, Lorna related to PEP (PhilippineEntertainement Portal) that the people who are close to Rudy participated inthe creation of the album. Aside fromthe two songs that she sang, "Far From Home" and "Kalooban Mo," Lorna said thatRudy's best friends also offered songs in the album.
Rudy's female best friend Sharon Cuneta gave her rendition of"Special Memory." "Binagay lang naminkay Sharon. Kumbaga, 'yong lyrics noonis for her, for a friend to sing as his only lady best friend," said Lorna.
Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada together withPhilip Salvador sang a slightly modified version of "Doon Lang." Meanwhile, Tirso Cruz III sang his owncomposition titled "Awit ni Daboy," which was played during the wake of Rudy atthe Heritage Park in Taguig City.
Veteran actors Christopher de Leon, Edgar Mortiz, and RickyDavao revived the song "Stand by Me," which was very special to couple Lornaand Rudy. The actress told PEP,"Talagang gusto rin naman namin ang 'Stand By Me' kasi makikita mo talaga nathroughout na lahat ng friends talagang naka-'stand by me' sa lahat ng trialsnamin."
Another memorable song included in the album is "Let It Be,"which was surprisingly sang by actor Aga Muhlach. Lorna recalled that her husband started to like this song when heperformed it during a concert with his best buddies.
"Kinanta ni Rudy sa Zirkoh," she remembered. "Hindi ba bigla silang nagkaroon ng concert,silang apat, with Tirso, silang lima. Biglang gustung-gusto niya ang 'Let It Be.' So, 'yon, inaral pa niya 'yon kay Annie Quintos, nag-voicecoaching pa kami noong time na 'yon."
The rest of the songs include a medley of "I Will be Here"and "I'll be There" by Piolo Pascual, "Ikaw Lamang" by Gary Valenciano, and "MyLife is in Your Hands" by Jamie Rivera, which she also sang during the burialof Rudy.Like its first volume, HOPE Volume Two: Wings ofthe Soul will benefit cancer foundations such as Pinky Cares Foundation andthe newly-registered Rudy Fernandez Cancer Foundation.