Dinner date with Rudy, Philip, Jinggoy, and Bong

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"Higit pa sa magkapatid ang turingan namin," Senator Jinggoy Estrada (extreme right) said about his friendship with Rudy Fernandez (extreme left) Senator Bong Revilla (2nd from left), and Philip Salvador (2nd from right).


Four of Philippine cinema's biggest action stars—Rudy Fernandez, Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, and Philip Salvador—sat for a special dinner hosted by Rudy and wife Lorna Tolentino at their White Plains residence. The special dinner was covered by StarTalk with Lorna interviewing the four action stars, as part of the show's 12th anniversary presentation.

The evening was full of laughter and ribbing by the four longtime friends even if cameras were rolling to record their conversation. Surprisingly, Lorna remained composed even though the men were teasing each other and bantering playfully all throughout the 30-minute interview.

The two senators, Bong and Jinggoy, sat beside each other on one side of the table while Rudy and Philip were seated on the other side. Lorna sat at the head of the table. Lolit Solis, Lorna's StarTalk co-host, was also present.

It was the ultimate guy talk! Every time one was thrown an intriguing question, there was no way he could evade it.

Bong, for instance, was asked about his son Luigi, not by Lani Mercado. Luigi was shown on a StarTalk segment a couple of weeks ago, how did his wife Lani and their kids react to it?

"Importante yung tibay ng relasyon at tiwala sa bawat isa. No one. Nobody can destroy my family. I love my kids. I love my wife," Bong said about his big family.

On his turn, Philip talked about meeting up with his and Kris Aquino's son Joshua.

"Ayaw pa umalis sa tabi ko. Nilibot niya ako. Dinala niya ako sa kabilang studio. Tapos, nag-stay siya hangga't hindi siya tinatawag," he narrated.

Jinggoy's question was about his father, ex-president Joseph Estrada, who was recently pardoned, and about the ongoing procedure to seize Erap's properties and assets.

"Well, ang feeling ko. Masayang-masaya. Naninibago pa. Nag-aadjust pa. Minsan nakalimutan niya kung saan yung CR ng kuwarto niya, at nag-a-adjust pa rin siya sa ngayon. And, I'm very very happy for him," Jinggoy said.

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For her part, Lorna admitted that she felt uneasy while interviewing her husband Rudy about his ongoing cancer treatment. "Ang hirap tanungin kapag asawa mo ang tatanungin mo," she said.

Rudy replied, "Eh yun lang yung dapat pag-usapan. Kaya okay lang sa akin."

The four men had a good exchange about keeping secrets within the group.

Lorna asked Bong about the possible revelations he was going to say in YES! magazine this December.

Jinggoy turned to Bong, "Meron ka pa bang [sikreto] na hindi namin alam?"

A brief pause. And then laughter from everyone.

Bong replied, "Sa tingin ko wala rin. Lahat ng sikreto ko alam mo.

The StarTalk host then said, "Sa palagay ko, alam niyo ang sikreto ng bawat isa."

"Sa totoo lang, bawat isa sa amin ay may sikreto. Pero hindi namin sasabihin sa iyo dahil secret ‘yun," Bong smiled with his chinky eyes.

Philip seconded, "secret nga, eh."

To which Rudy said, "kaming apat lang ang may alam."

Lorna then asked, "Paano niyo pinagtatakpan ang sikreto ng bawat isa?

The senator from San Juan quickly replied, "Eh, 'di pag ako tinanong ni Mareng Lani, ‘hindi totoo iyan. Hindi totoo iyan.'"

Again, the four best friends broke out in laughter and chuckles.

"Para mo namang sinabi yung totoo," Bong remarked, amusement written all over his face.

Rudy looked at his wife, "Ah, basta ako, wala akong alam. Palagi akong walang nakikita. Wala akong nakikita. Wala akong naririnig."

"Ako, simple lang. Sinasabi ko, ‘Huwag niyo nang inaalam. Kung ako nga hindi ko inaalam. Ipagdasal niyo na lang,'" Philip, who is now a pastor, said.

Bong quipped, "Kaya Ipe, ipag-pray over natin."

Lorna threw another loaded question, "Sa inyong apat, sino ang pinakamahirap na pagtakpan?"

"Eh, di sino pa?," Jinggoy said while sheepishly looking at his closest seatmate.

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Laughter again.

Jinggoy added, "Kailagan pa bang tanungin iyan. Obvious ba?"

Laughter once again. This time, Phillip points at Bong.

"Sino yon?" Bong feigns reaction to Phillip's finger pointing in his direction.

"Ba't ako ang—" Bong still laughing with the others.

Lorna turns to her husband, "Eh, baka kaya hindi ka na kailangan, eh, mabait ka na kasi."

Philip butted in, "Pero noon..."

Lorna said, "Pero noon, kailagan niyo siyang pagtakpan."

Jinggoy and Philip smiled at Lorna, "Ah, hindi. Wala. Wala."

Lorna: "Hindi talaga?"

"Wala. Huwag ka nang mag-alala," Jinggoy smiled naughtily.

The four action stars hardly ate anything, though the table was laden with food. It was in sharing each other's merry company that filled them with a bellyful of laughter.


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