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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.

Mar 18, 2017

Lorna Tolentino Has A Serious Heart Problem But Continues To Work With GMA-7 For A Lenten Special And With ABS-CBN For A New Teleserye

WE JUST HAD dinner with Lorna Tolentino and son Ralph Fernandez, hosted by Mother Lily, at Gloria Maris. We didn’t know LT had a serious health issue last month.

“The doctor discovered sobrang bilis ng heart rate ko,” she says. “I have atrial tachycardia and if not treated, puedeng bigla na lang akong magka-heart attack. So now, I’m taking maintenance medicines for the first time to stabilize my heartbeat. Marami na ring bawal kaya sobrang ingat ako ngayon. But puede pa rin naman akong magtrabaho, basta may cut off ako sa puyatan. Hanggang 2 AM na lang ako at di na puede yung magdamagan. At the most, 16 hours lang.”

At 55, LT certainly looks much younger than her age. She now plays mother roles but if the actresses who play her daughters won’t watch out, she can easily eclipse them. She is now currently working with both top networks.

For GMA-7, she has just finished taping a special Lenten presentation for “Eat Bulaga”, entitled “Pagpapatawad”, directed by her good friend Gina Alajar. She co-stars with Patricia Tumulak, Jennica Garcia, Taki and Kenneth Medrano of “Trops”, Baste, JC Tiuseco and Marc Abaya.

For ABS-CBN, she stars in a new teleserye, “Victims of Love”, directed by Onat Diaz and co-starring Angelica Panganiban, Julia Montes, Paulo Avelino (who’s really so busy as he’s in another teleserye, “The Promise of Forever”, which has yet to be aired), Cherry Pie Picache and JC Santos. This is under Deo Endrinal’s business unit called Dreamscape. Lorna’s last teleserye as a Kapamilya was in 2011 yet, “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin”. On GMA-7, she was last seen in “My Destiny”. Taping for “Victims of Love” will start in April after Holy Week.

LT is also a doting grandma to her only grandchild, Tori, daughter of her eldest son Ralph. Tori is a splitting image of her grandma when LT was starting as a child actress in films like “Divina Gracia” and “Lumuha Pati mga Anghel”. Will Tori also be a child actress?

“Naku, ayaw niyang mag-artista. Mas gusto niyang maging singer. Napakagaling kumanta. Nagko-concert na nga on her own. But she’s busy with school now, at sa June, lilipat na siya sa Poveda. Bawal daw mag-showbiz ang mga estudyante roon.”