Lorna Tolentino arrived at the press conference with a smileand 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 Lornatelling how she feels being the wife of a cancer patient, actor Rudy Fernandez. Also in the video, Lorna encouraged the peopleto 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 dinnating iparating sa lahat na magkaroonng pag-iingat sa katawan.”
The actress admitted that when they shot the video, Lornafelt what other people called “kirot sa puso” in each of her lines. She explained, “Kumbaga, pinagdaraanan yungmga sinabi ko [sa video]. Actually,maingat na maingat nga kami sa mga dapat naming sabihin.
“We changed some lines para hindi kami makasakit saiba. Siyempre wala namang may gustongmagkasakit, e, di ba? So, naging maingatkami 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 namaka-relate ka kaagad doon sa mga sinasabi.”
How did Rudy react when she informed him about herlatest endorsement?
“Happy siya regarding yung Poten-Cee kasi, sabi nga niya, atleast maraming magiging aware. Medyoyung ibang tao kasi, medyo naging relax sa pangangalaga sa katawan nila lalo nakung wala naman silang nararamdaman.Mabuti na yung napre-prevent right away,” Lorna said.
Lorna does not have a TV commercial for the said productyet. The video was just a clip fromLorna’s statement about the product’s advocacy—healthy living. Pascual Laboratories, makers of AscorbicAcid Poten-Cee, said that this is just a viral video that will be passed onto several people and will be uploaded in some video-hosting sites.
HOLDING UP. Since Lorna talked about cancer in herlatest endorsement, the media could not avoid asking about the latest conditionof her husband who is, as they openly tell in their interviews, suffering froma rare kind of cancer, the periampullary cancer.
This type forms near the ampulla of Vater, an enlargement ofthe ducts from the liver and pancreas where they join and enter the smallintestines. Rudy is currently havinghis radiation treatment at the Cancer Center of the Cardinal Santos MedicalCenter in San Juan.
“Second week of radiation namin nitong week na ’to,” Lornastarted narrating. “So naka-five nasiya, six kahapon, so seven today. Balethree weeks pa, three weeks to go. Butthen, mayroon siyang isang week na free siya ng radiation.
“We’ll try, ’no, habang nagra-radiation siya, doon sa freetime niya, kung makakapag-radio frequency ablation kami para doon sa liverlesion niya. Hindi pa sigurado kasiche-check up-in pa ulit.”
The actress described her husband as someone who really hasthe will to fight his illness. Shesaid, “He is [holding up]. He is afighter, strong ang will to fight. Verypositive 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 histreatments, Lorna said, “Nag-badminton pa nga siya nung Sunday. Ka-badminton niya sila Ipe, si Bong,yun. Ganun katindi ang fighting spiritniya.”
Whenever Rudy and Lorna are together, the couple tries to avoidthinking of sad moments. Lorna said,“Kapag kaming dalawa lang kasi mas madalas dapat yung hindi na kaminagkukuwentuhan ng malulungkot, e, masasaya lang talaga. Kung puwede ko lang siya patawanin ng buongoras, buong minuto, gagawin ko yun.”
Lorna also said that Rudy really wants to work again if hishealth would only permit him to do so.
“Si Rudy gustung-gusto magtrabaho kaya nga lang ayaw niyangmabitin, alam mo naman ang showbiz. Angproblema kasi sa showbiz, yung sa work natin, hindi pwedeng, ‘Cut-off ako ng12, ha?’ Walang ganun. Hindi, hanggangmadaling araw ka kahit may sakit ka basta kailangan ka. So huwag na lang.”
After talking about Rudy’s current condition, the media daredto 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, angdami-daming tao [na tumutulong].”
She answered one reporter's question,“[Am I] Lucky? Super lucky.”