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Lorna Tolentino joins cast of ‘Valiente’ as series gets extended


After her well-received run on the TV5 primetime drama “Glamorosa”, multi-awarded actress Lorna Tolentino joins the cast of “Valiente,” another top-rated teleserye from the Kapatid network.

Lorna, or LT, as she is more fondly referred to, was a picture of elation during the “Valiente” media conference that introduced her character Tuesday night: Mila Regalado-Arden, the mysterious balikbayan sister of Don Luis Regalado (Tirso Cruz III).

A remake of an epic drama that ran for five years from 1992 to 1997, “Valiente” is about two young men (played by JC De Vera and Oyo Boy Sotto) who become the best of friends despite being caught in the middle of a conflict between their feuding families.

LT admitted to that she did not follow the original “Valiente”: “Ang alam ko, yang ‘Valiente’ ang pioneer ng mga teleserye. Alam mo naman nung panahon noon, pahabaan ang mga teleserye.”

She is nonetheless happy and honored to be part of the rebooted series even as she’s playing an all-new character.

Projecting the same glamorous appearance of her lead character in “Glamorosa,” LT describes her role in “Valiente” as “equally challenging.”

“Wala akong ginawa dito kung hindi mag-monologue,” she said. Representatives from the production staff of “Valiente” also revealed that LT’s character is “out for revenge” while “looking for her missing child.”

Outside of her monologues, one highlight of Lorna’s homestretch stint in “Valiente” is a slapping scene between her character and the villainous Doña Trining Braganza, played by Jaclyn Jose.

“As much as possible, I don’t like doing sampalan scenes,” LT admitted. “Ayokong magpasampal, ayoko din naming manampal so kung pwedeng dayain, dayain na lang. But our director, Joel Lamangan wanted more realism so go, I did it again.”

As for her younger co-stars JC De Vera, Nadine Samonte and Niña Jose who were also at the conference, LT said she only started taping for the show this week so she hasn’t done too many scenes with them yet.

“We’re still in the getting to know stage,” she quipped. “Wala pa ‘yung mga palaban scenes.”

TV5′s “Valiente”, which first aired last February 10, will extend its successful run until June 29—four weeks past its original expiry date.

After “Valiente,” the actress will star in “Third Eye”, a weekly horror-thriller show to be directed by acclaimed horror director Topel Lee.

LT disclosed that the show is about a writer who has published books on the supernatural based on her own personal encounters.

“One reason I accepted this new horror series is because I will have a different look every episode. Like I can be a gypsy one week and something else in the next,” she shared.

In between her acting commitments, Lorna also manages her farming and poultry business as well as the careers of her own sons, Ralph and Renz, who have followed in the footsteps of their parents and have decided to pursue careers in the showbiz industry.

Ralph directs shows for ABS-CBN while Renz will soon act in another soap opera with Sen. Lito Lapid, also with the same network. “Yes, I am a stage mother,” she declared. “I’m very much involved in their schedules and everything else that is happening in their careers.”