Lorna Tolentino openly talks about Rudy Fernandez’s fighting spirit.

by Nerisa Almo
Nov 21, 2007
Lorna Tolentino says that her boys, including Mark Anthony—Rudy's son with Alma Moreno—are very supportive of their father who is suffering from periampullary cancer. She describes, "Si Mark, parating nasa bahay. Yung tatlong boys parati niyang kasama ngayon. Kapag wala ako, nakatutok na ang mga bata sa kanya.

Lorna Tolentino arrived at the press conference with a smile and feeling game to answer all the questions from the media yesterday November 20, at Annabel’s Restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

Her newest Poten-Cee endorsement featured a video of Lorna telling how she feels being the wife of a cancer patient, actor Rudy Fernandez. Also in the video, Lorna encouraged the people to take medicine to prevent cancer and other diseases.

When asked why she agreed to speak about cancer for her endorsement, Lorna replied, "Kasi cancer prevention awareness, yun lang naman dapat lang din nating iparating sa lahat na magkaroon ng pag-iingat sa katawan.”

The actress admitted that when they shot the video, Lorna felt what other people called “kirot sa puso” in each of her lines. She explained, “Kumbaga, pinagdaraanan yung mga sinabi ko [sa video]. Actually, maingat na maingat nga kami sa mga dapat naming sabihin.

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“We changed some lines para hindi kami makasakit sa iba. Siyempre wala namang may gustong magkasakit, e, di ba? So, naging maingat kami doon. Kung mapapansin sa ibang linya, medyo may kurot talaga sa puso.”

She added, “It’s the line.Yung linya talaga kasi it’s what’s happening, so hindi mo maiiwasan na maka-relate ka kaagad doon sa mga sinasabi.”

How did Rudy react when she informed him about her latest endorsement?

“Happy siya regarding yung Poten-Cee kasi, sabi nga niya, at least maraming magiging aware. Medyo yung ibang tao kasi, medyo naging relax sa pangangalaga sa katawan nila lalo na kung wala naman silang nararamdaman.Mabuti na yung napre-prevent right away,” Lorna said.

Lorna does not have a TV commercial for the said product yet. The video was just a clip from Lorna’s statement about the product’s advocacy—healthy living. Pascual Laboratories, makers of Ascorbic Acid Poten-Cee, said that this is just a viral video that will be passed on to several people and will be uploaded in some video-hosting sites.

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HOLDING UP. Since Lorna talked about cancer in her latest endorsement, the media could not avoid asking about the latest condition of her husband who is, as they openly tell in their interviews, suffering from a rare kind of cancer, the periampullary cancer.

This type forms near the ampulla of Vater, an enlargement of the ducts from the liver and pancreas where they join and enter the small intestines. Rudy is currently having his radiation treatment at the Cancer Center of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan.

“Second week of radiation namin nitong week na ’to,” Lorna started narrating. “So naka-five na siya, six kahapon, so seven today. Bale three weeks pa, three weeks to go. But then, mayroon siyang isang week na free siya ng radiation.

“We’ll try, ’no, habang nagra-radiation siya, doon sa free time niya, kung makakapag-radio frequency ablation kami para doon sa liver lesion niya. Hindi pa sigurado kasi che-check up-in pa ulit.”

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The actress described her husband as someone who really has the will to fight his illness. She said, “He is [holding up]. He is a fighter, strong ang will to fight. Very positive naman kasi talaga si Rudy.Nilalabanan niya talaga. Lahat, kahit siguro kung ano yung nararamdaman niya.Yung masakit, hindi niya iniisip.”

To prove that Rudy does not mind the pain caused by his treatments, Lorna said, “Nag-badminton pa nga siya nung Sunday. Ka-badminton niya sila Ipe, si Bong, yun. Ganun katindi ang fighting spirit niya.”

Whenever Rudy and Lorna are together, the couple tries to avoid thinking of sad moments. Lorna said, “Kapag kaming dalawa lang kasi mas madalas dapat yung hindi na kami nagkukuwentuhan ng malulungkot, e, masasaya lang talaga. Kung puwede ko lang siya patawanin ng buong oras, buong minuto, gagawin ko yun.”

Lorna also said that Rudy really wants to work again if his health would only permit him to do so.

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“Si Rudy gustung-gusto magtrabaho kaya nga lang ayaw niyang mabitin, alam mo naman ang showbiz. Ang problema kasi sa showbiz, yung sa work natin, hindi pwedeng, ‘Cut-off ako ng 12, ha?’ Walang ganun. Hindi, hanggang madaling araw ka kahit may sakit ka basta kailangan ka. So huwag na lang.”

After talking about Rudy’s current condition, the media dared to ask the actress how they are holding up financially. Lorna stopped for a moment and answered, smiling, “I have so many rich friends.”She then laughed out loud, “Gusto mo ’yon? ‘We have so many rich friends.’ Ang dami-daming kaibigan, ang dami-daming tao [na tumutulong].”

She answered one reporter's question, “[Am I] Lucky? Super lucky.”

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Lorna Tolentino says that her boys, including Mark Anthony—Rudy's son with Alma Moreno—are very supportive of their father who is suffering from periampullary cancer. She describes, "Si Mark, parating nasa bahay. Yung tatlong boys parati niyang kasama ngayon. Kapag wala ako, nakatutok na ang mga bata sa kanya.
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