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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Feb 23, 2011

Loren Legarda talks about Mar Roxas and Mother Lily

WE HAD LUNCH last Monday at the Forbes Park home of Sen. Loren Legarda where she’s been living since 2001. The house used to belong to Lola Masay Yulo of Lea Navarro but Loren has renovated it to suit her taste for classic and impressive ethnic interior design. It’s the first time she met the press since the last election. So how is she after she lost as vice president? “I was able to move on very quickly,” she says. “I’m glad I have the gift, the grace for acceptance, so I was able to accept my loss at mas na-appreciate ko being in the senate now. I intend to run for my last term in 2013 and there's an offer to host a new TV show that I'm studying.”

Did she have a falling out with Mother Lily who used to support her but then chose Mar Roxas? “None, there’s pain, but she’s like my mother. She called up me then to say she’s supporting Noynoy, so it follows na she’d support his VP. She invited me to her recent Chinese new year affair but I begged off kasi may dalawa na kong previous appointments na natanguan. One of these days, we’ll have lunch.”

She remains a staunch supporter of environmental issues. After her collaboration with international acclaimed director Dante Mendoza in “Buhos”, now being shown in various schools and venues all over the country to show the ill effects of climate change, she wants them to work on another documentary about other ecological issues. The lunch we had with Loren was so lively as the other writers present talked about a host of other issues, most of them off the record. Loren herself volunteered juicy stories but she begged us not to write about them at all. One story that served as appetizer is the rumor that Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas are about to break because of a third party, a widow said to be now working with Noynoy in Malacanang. It’s been denied by the parties concerned but you know how such gossip refuse to die down easily. We inquired about Loren’s own lovelife when she served us coffee from East Timor. Is it true the president of that country, Jose Horta, is courting her? “Naku, hindi. He’s single and I’m single, but there’s nothing going on between us. Kung magkaka-boyfriend man uli ako, I won’t hide him. I’ll introduce him to you.”