Why Juliana Gomez's disco-themed debut party is a smashing success

by PEP Lifestyle
Sep 9, 2018
Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez and Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez's daughter Juliana celebrates her 18th birthday on September 8, at Bench Tower, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Also in photo: Juliana's grandma Julie (2nd from L).,

How Juliana Gomez celebrated her 18th birthday is currently a trending topic on social media.

It was just the way she liked it—a "really fun night" with "every one that I love in one room."

The unica hija of Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres-Gomez made heads turn when she arrived last night, September 8, at the Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City wearing a dazzling floral mini dress designed by Randy Ortiz, her mom's personal friend and perennial designer.

Juliana Gomez arrives at her birthday party wearing a creation by Randy Ortiz.
IMAGE Mark Atienza
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Choosing to forego the typical cotillion affair in debut celebrations, Juliana went for a real dance party instead.

The 18-year-old teen celebrity was completely hands-on with the planning.

In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) before her debut, Juliana revealed that Lucy gave her "the freedom to make the decision, make the call, make it how I want it to be."

The result was a disco-themed celebration with songs from the '70s to the present that got everyone on the dance floor.

Here are the details we love about Juliana's 18th birthday celebration:


After donning her first Randy Ortiz custom mini dress, Juliana changed into a sequined turtleneck mini dress with thigh-high lace boots.

This shimmering ensemble was a London-based fashion brand, Halpern. It was a gift from her Ninong Ben Chan, who bought it for her when they went to Hong Kong last month.

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Currently sold-out on online store FarFetch.com, the dress cost $4,301 or PHP231,007.

For her third outfit change, Juliana wore a Randy Ortiz white jumpsuit.

Juliana Gomez in Halpern Studio (left) and Randy Ortiz creations (middle and right).
IMAGE Mark Atienza


Retro music played throughout the night including Los del Rio's "Macarena," The Foundation's "Build Me Up Buttercup," Toni Basil's "Hey Mickey," Village People's "YMCA," Naked Eyes' "Always Something There To Remind Me," and Fatima Rainey's "Hey," among many others.

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Juliana also got IV of Spades and DJ duo The Diegos to perform at her party.

IV of Spades performed their hits "Mundo," "Hey Barbara," and "Where Have You Been Disco?"
IMAGE Mark Atienza


What's a celebration without a cake? Juliana's choice was a stack of glazed donuts.

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Juliana Gomez blows out the candle on her "birthday cake," which was a stack of glazed donuts.
IMAGE Mark Atienza


Richard made the most out of the disco theme, and invaded the dance floor with game dance moves that got the younger set going on overdrive.

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Topping that, the Ormoc mayor and his daughter performed the grooviest '70s-inspired father-daughter dance to the tune of Donna Summer's "Heaven Knows."

Richard Gomez dancing with daughter Juliana to the tune of Donna Summers's "Heaven Knows"
IMAGE Mark Atienza

Watch their cute dance below:

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Everyone gamely dressed in their best '70s-inspired ensembles, but no one did it better than Juliana's grandma, Julie Torres, who sparkled in an all-gold ensemble, complete with blonde wig.

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Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez with her mom Lola Julie.
IMAGE Mark Atienza


Before the party, PEP.ph had the chance to speak with Richard and Lucy, who were still letting the thought of their baby girl turning 18 sink in.

Lucy teased Richard, "Dry run na yata ito for Juliana's wedding."

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Richard simply replied, "Oh no..."

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez with wife, Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez.
IMAGE Mark Atienza

Turning serious, both Lucy and Richard said they wanted only the best for their daughter.

Lucy began, "Juliana, I want you to have a purposeful and happy life. I want you to be able to pursue your dreams and be happy doing that...

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"I always tell you this because, as you grow older, you'll always be at a crossroad at some point. When that happens, I want you to choose whatever it is that gives you most peace...

"Trust your gut."

Richard added, "I want you to take good care of yourself. I want you to start deciding well, start deciding for yourself.

"I want you to enjoy your time starting today."

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez with daughter Juliana on the dance floor.
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Happy 18th birthday, Juliana!

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Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez and Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez's daughter Juliana celebrates her 18th birthday on September 8, at Bench Tower, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Also in photo: Juliana's grandma Julie (2nd from L).,
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