Lorna Tolentino turns to farming as another source of income

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Why is award-winning actress Lorna Tolentino into farming? “Para hindi ako nagmamadali na, ‘Uy, kailangan ko ng trabaho,’ natetensyon ka. Mayroon kang fall back,” she says.


One cannot be in show business forever, according to the veterans.

Newbie actors and actresses are always advised to save money or invest in something that can help them when stardom fades.

Take it from award-winning actress Lorna Tolentino who, last year, invested in a farm in General Aguinaldo, Cavite.

Although she is still an in-demand actress, Lorna thinks it’s important to have a different source of income.

She adds, “Para mayroon naman akong chance na mag-isip-isip kung gusto ko ang projects o hindi.

“Para meron naman akong kahit papaano, ‘O sige, okay lang kahit hindi muna.’

“Para hindi ako nagmamadali na ‘Uy, kailangan ko ng trabaho,’ at natetensyon ka. Mayroon kang fall back.”

The Valiente actress says she got the inspiration from fellow actress, Isabel Rivas, who has a farm in Zambales.

Lorna’s farm has 35,000 chicken. She also grows pineapple, tomatoes, bell pepper, mangoes, and the now popular dragon fruit.

NOT AN EASY BUSINESS. Since Lorna is new to farming, keeping a 4.6-hectare property productive is not easy.

The actress explains that she owns the land and she’s a contract grower.

She recalls losing money on her produce.

Lorna narrates, “Nag-contract grower kami ng kamatis at saka bell pepper. Sa kamatis, nabawi namin noong una. Sa bell pepper, natalo kami. Hindi naman sinabi sa amin, sa sobrang init, kumuluntoy, na-reject, ang dami tuloy nasira.”

There’s also a time when they were given seedlings of fungi-infected dragon fruit.

Because of these unfortunate incidents, the person managing her farm is learning farming.

She says “Hindi kasi sila nagtuturo ng farming, kaya pinag-aralan din namin. ‘Yong ibang nagtuturo, hindi ko alam kung bakit gano’n, parang imbes na ituro nila nang maayos, ‘yong mag-share, hindi gano’n.

“At saka ‘yong binigay sa amin ‘yong may fungi na. Sabi ko, ‘Bakit hindi lumalaki ang dragon fruit natin?’

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“Hanggang sa nakakita kami ng taong mabait. Itong taong ito na mabait ay anak ni Dennis Roldan.”

With the help of the former actor’s son, Lorna and her partners now have 140 healthy dragon fruit trees.

“So ngayon nagpupunta siya. Siya na ngayon ang nagbabantay at nag-aalaga. ‘Tapos kukunin niya rin lahat ng bunga namin, siya na ang magma-market.”

With her farm slowly becoming stable, Lorna can now relax when she needs to be away from the hectic world of showbiz.


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