It's Official: Lorna Tolentino Returns to GMA-7!

Veteran and grandslam actress Lorna Tolentino today signed an exclusive contract with media giant GMA Network and is set to star in an upcoming drama series with Dingdong Dantes and Kylie Padilla. 

In a contract signing held this morning at the GMA Network Center, GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. and Entertainment TV OIC Lilybeth G. Rasonable formally welcomed Tolentino back to her home network. 

In an interview after the signing, Tolentino said she feels blessed to be back in GMA-7 and that she is thankful to the Network for always opening its doors to her.

"I'm happy to be back.  As always naman, kung sino yung magbibigay sa atin ng mas magandang offer o mas magandang show, as an actress, yun ang pipiliin natin.  Pero I am happy kasi [GMA] is my home na rin, home naman nating lahat ito," says Tolentino.

Atty. Gozon, on the other hand, said that Tolentino is "very, very welcome" in GMA. "Si Lorna ay very very welcome sa atin dito sa GMA-7 sapagkat siya ay isa sa pinakamagagaling na artista na kilala natin.  At nung maghiwalay naman tayo noong nakaraan ay naging maganda naman ang ating usapan," he said.

"Lorna is not only a fine and versatile actress, she is also extremely talented and very professional.  At tayo ay natutuwa na maski nawala siya sa atin for a while ay bumalik na siya," said Duavit.

Tolentino's last project in GMA before she left was the showbiz-oriented talk show "StarTalk," which is celebrating its 17th anniversary this month.  She will guest in the show's anniversary special on October 20. She clarified, however, that she won't be back in the show as co-host, although she is open to hosting a non-showbiz talk show. Her original comeback project was the primetime series, "Haram," which the management of the network decided to shelve several weeks ago due to its highly sensitive topic. She and the rest of the cast of the series, however, will be starring in another family drama.

Asked about the possibility of being paired with Dingdong Dantes in a sort of "May-December" love story, Tolentino has no hesitations about the idea except for its possible time slot.

"Ok lang, kaya lang delikado ang konti ng tema, baka hindi pupuwede sa early na timeslot if it's going to be a May-December love story," she said.(

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