Christmases in the Gomez household are, as Lucy Torres-Gomez puts it, “very casual lang.”
That’s compared with the past Christmases as a young girl, visiting family in Cebu.
“I mean, we dress up para at least it looks nice sa picture, but it’s nothing very formal,” she says of Christmases today with her husband Richard Gomez and her daughter Juliana. In contrast, Christmases in her grandmother’s house in Cebu were more formal.
“Parang there would be a really formal table setting, and then somebody would go around to serve the food, gano’n.
"That’s in my Lola’s house, because her table was so big it could sit eighteen to twenty persons siguro. So kasya lahat.
"But Christmas is always more quiet compared to New Year."
What Lucy likes about the holiday parties and dinners with Richard is that she gets to spend them with more friends and her husband’s “extended family.”
“The house has always been open to anybody who didn’t have anyone to spend Christmas with,” she says.
“So, when I was a newlywed, it would be different sets of people each Christmas, kasi may mga friends si Richard na either naghiwalay na o hindi pa nag-asawa, gano’n.
"So I think that’s a Filipino trait. We’re very big on extended families, di ba?
"It’s really just a gathering of family and friends, and then the backdrop is always food.”
This year, the family is planning to continue this yuletide tradition in their new home in Fobres Park, Makati—featured in the YES! December 2015 issue.
The Gomez couple also talked about decorating their new place, raising a teenage daughter, and keeping the love alive in their 17-year marriage.
ALDUB SPECIAL. Plus, as a holiday bonus for Aldub fans, we included a 31-page special collector’s edition on Sa Tamang Panahon.
Captured in 97 photos and exclusive interviews, relive the kilig moments of Alden Richards and Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza during the benefit concert at the Philippine Arena last October 24.
“I felt happy,” Alden told YES! after the concert.
“Madaming pumunta. We never knew na Arena would be filled up with loving people, people who love AlDub.”
He paused, thinking hard of what else to say. “No words,” he finally said, confessing that the whole experience left him dumbfounded with amazement.
But he couldn’t forget his reaction on seeing the audience: “Pagtalikod ko, the first time na lingon ko, akala ko nanonood ako ng TV.
“When I was thanking them, I became emotional kasi it’s them. It’s them. Without them, we’re nothing.
“Ang fans, ang supporters, ang bumubuhay sa artista. And hindi ’yong the other way around.
“The fans can live on their own, but the artistas, we cannot live without the fans, without supporters.
“I thanked them over and over again. Words are not enough.”
YES! December 2015 issue is now available in newsstands!