Lorna Tolentino’s eyes light up when she talks about her grandchild, Lyla Victoria.
According to the veteran actress, her apo looks very much like her late husband Rudy Fernandez.
"Mas lamang si Raphael [Fernandez, Lorna’s eldest son and Lyla’s father].
"[Pero] yung noo niya, sa lolo [referring to Rudy] niya nakuha.
"Ganun kaliit, pero ang lalim ng cleft chin."
Leana, Rap’s girlfriend, gave birth to a baby girl on November 11, 2011.
Lorna shared with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) her grandchild’s photo when we interviewed her at the cast party of Glamorosa held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.
She said she feels blessed with her new apo.
"Iba ang feeling na may apo ka. Parang ikaw rin ang nanganak. Parang nagka-baby ka uli after a long while."
She recalled the day Lyla was born.
"Nasa loob ako ng operating room kaya ninerbiyos ako. Ako ang kumukuha ng pictures...
"Si Raphael naman sa video. Ninerbiyos lang ako kasi mataas ang heart rate ni Liana.
"Pero kailangan lakasan ko ang loob ko kasi mafi-feel ni Liana na ninenerbiyos ako."
Does Lorna feel sad that Rudy, who died in 2008, never got to see his grandchild?
The veteran actress smiled and said: "Palagay ko naman nakikita niya yun.
"Minsan nga niloloko namin na naka-stare lang ang bata sa picture ni Rudy.
"Kasi maraming pictures ni Rudy sa bahay, so naka-stare lang siya na ganun. Sa sala, may painting ni Rudy.
"Pag gusto mong tumahimik [ang baby], itatapat lang namin dun."
Lorna said her son Rap has the makings of a good father.
Does Rap have plans of settling down with his girlfriend?
"Wala pa... in time. Nasa kanila talaga yun," Lorna said.
UPCOMING PROJECTS. After Glamorosa, Lorna said she will be seen in TV5’s Pidol for about a month.
She will also do the sequel of Pusong Mamon, her movie with Albert Martinez and Eric Quizon that was released in 1998.
She explained, "Ang ending ng unang movie, umalis ako kasama ng anak ko.
"Pumunta kami ng America. Ipapakita [sa bagong movie] kung ano ang nangyari after 15 years."
Playing her son in the movie is her youngest son in real life, Renz.
Eugene Domingo will play the role of her best friend.
She added: "Dramedy ang Pusong Mamon, hindi naman siya heavy drama."
Lorna’s upcoming teleserye for TV5 is Silay, and here she will have a chance to work with Susan Roces.
GOING BACK TO ABS-CBN? Does Lorna have plans of becoming a Kapamilya star?
"Hanggang September ako sa TV5. Depende na lang kung sinong makakapagbigay ng magandang project.
"Kung meron silang magandang project , walang problema, di ba?"
Bago raw siya pumirma sa TV5, ayon kay LT (palayaw niya sa showbiz): "Merong offer ang ABS-CBN na 85 working days, pero TV5 ang nagbigay sa akin ng 140 working days."