Lorna Tolentino and Rudy Fernandez are looking forward totheir silver wedding anniversary in 2008. Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP)was able to chat with the charming actress after the taping of a segmentfor StarTalk's anniversary special at their residence in Quezon City.
Ms. LT initially didn't realize that it would be their 25thyear next year.
"Kasi nagpunta kami ng Mission San Juan Capistrano [inTexas, USA] nitong October, we were there I think October 8. Sabi ko, babalik kami sa 25thyear anniversary namin. Eh, sabi ko, after two years. Hindi ko naman ano,pag-uwi ko dito sa Manila, pagbilang-bilang ko, next year na pala yung 25thanniversary namin. So, mag-twenty five years na pala kami sa 2008. Well... ayun..Kung makakaya, babalik kami doon sa San Juan Capistrano."
She reveals that there are no big plans for theircelebration, "Hindi ko pa iniisip pero parang siguro ano na lang... yung parang...Parang yung ginawa na lang ng ibang friends ko nung nag-25th yearsila. Parang renewal lang ng vows.
"Parang sa isang small siguro na place. Friends, closefriends lang, if ever. Kung hindi naman, doon [San Juan Capistrano] na langkami mag-celebrate," she said.
She recalls the funny things about the wedding arrangementsthey had, "Nag-secret marriage [in Jaen, Nueva Ecija], Oo, yun yung first.Tapos, uh... Hindi naman natuloy kasi hindi naman pinasok ng mayor yung marriagecertificate namin. Yun nga lang. Yung dapat secret wedding namin hindi nagingsecret dahil sinabi din ng mayor na kinasal kami. Yun pala, bale wala din iyon.So, hindi na-count iyun.
"So, ang mas naging sikreto pa ay yung date ng civil weddingnamin. Nag-civil wedding kami ulit kay Mayor Adelino Rodriguez ng Quezon Citynung June 1, 1983. So, yun na talaga yung official. Hindi na counted yung thefirst time pa. And then on June 24, 1992, doon naman kami nag-church wedding."
DABOY'S PROGRESS. PEP also asked herabout the condition of her husband, who was diagnosed with periampullarycancer. It is a cancer that forms near the ampulla of Vater, an enlargement ofthe ducts from the liver and pancreas where they join and enter the smallintestine. The action star is having his treatment at the Cancer Center of theCardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan.
Lorna narrates, "We're having chemo and radiation. Nag-startkami noong Monday (November 12). Bale five weeks ‘yun. Everyday, Mondayhanggang Friday. Saturday and Sunday ang rest niya. And then Monday ulitdiretso.
"Meron siyang week na parang rest period niya for the chemoand radiation. He'll have naman radio frequency oblation for his lesions later.
The couple also went to the United States more than a monthago to get the opinion of other doctors about Rudy's case.
"Rudy's cancer kasi is very rare. It started as periampullarycancer. Now parang, yung Whipple operation that he had in 2006 ang cure forthat periampullary cancer. So, after that operation, mino-monitor na lang kungano yung mangyayari sa kanya.
"Yung February of 2007, nagkaroon ng recurrence. So, any recurrence,ang treatment niyan ay kung saan nagsimula. So, kahit na napunta sa liver,hindi kino-consider na liver cancer iyon, kundi periampullary cancer. Yungtreatment niya is kung saan nagsimula yung cancer niya," she explained.
"Eh, lahat ng doctors, yung mga tumingin sa kanya, sinasabinga na, ‘he doesn't look sick'. Kasi nga yung sa UCLA, ‘I think you should haveanother...' parang i-check kung talagang meron siyang cancer. Kasi hindimakapaniwala na meron siyang cancer," she recalls.
Lorna says that some of their close friends say that Rudydoesn't look sick.
"Siguro yun yung prayers ng marami. Even people we don'tknow are praying for him. Minsan may nakita kami sa simbahan, tapos lalapit sakanya, sasabihin, ‘we're praying for your full recovery', yung ganun.
LORNA'S STRENGTH. Despite her busy schedule—hosting StarTalk, shooting for Zaido and wrappingup Katas ng Saudi for the 2007 Metro Manila Film Fest—she puts Rudy asher main concern.
"Siyempre, siya pa rin yung priority. Atsaka, yungfamily, nagagawan ko ng paraan na every Tuesday-Thursday, may taping ako. Kungminsan, once or twice a week yung taping. Yung StarTalk, every Saturday, afternaman nun, uuwi na ako.
"Yun lang, na-cut siguro yung labas ko, na pagpunta sa mgamall, pagpunta sa mga sine, mas dito na lang sa bahay, kasi he's here. I'lltell my friends to pass by here. Sila na lang yung bumibisita sa amin," shesaid.
PEP also asked her about her own condition.
"Uh, by God's grace, yung strength na iyon, hindi komasasabi na sa akin. Diyos pa rin yung nagbibigay. Di ba lahat naman ngstrength na nakukuha ko, yung...
"May fear pero parang iniisip ko, I take it one day at atime. Kaya siguro nababawasan yung fear kasi nag-ano nga sa akin yung nangyarikay Dulce Saguisag. She was a cancer survivor. Pero, kumbaga, namatay siyabecause of a car accident, not because of her cancer. Kung talagang gusto kangkunin ng Diyos, kukunin ka Niya. Kahit na ano pa yung pinag-dadaanan mo. ‘Paggusto ka na Niyang makasama, wala ka nang magagawa," she ended ourconversation in optimism.