Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres are happy to see their daughter Juliana Gomez begin her college life
"I'm happy that she's in UP because that's where I went, that's where [Richard] went also," Lucy tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during a sit-down interview at the Ultherapy For Two event held on August 13, at Shangri-La at The Fort in Bonifacio Global City.
"I'd like her to experience that environment. I had a really nice time in UP. Maybe it's different
It was Juliana's decision to enter UP, but she did consider other universities for college.
Richard says, "But I brought her also to Ateneo campus. Sabi ko, 'Take a look at it. We'll go around.' I brought her to Diliman. Sabi ko, 'Take a good look again.'"
In an interview with PEP.ph in September 2018, Juliana said she also considered Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. But UP was her first choice.
WHY JULIANA CHOSE TO STUDY IN THE PHILIPPINES
Many of Juliana's friends are off to study college abroad, but Richard and Lucy are more than thankful that their 18-year-old daughter is staying here.
Richard says, "Early on,
Lucy quips, "Parang fetus pa
Richard adds that whenever Juliana's high school holds orientations for universities and colleges abroad, the young Gomez knows it isn't for her.
Both Richard and Lucy want to keep their daughter close to them. After all, as Lucy points out, their family is only composed of three.
The representative of Leyte's fourth district says, "Maybe, she can go there for Master's, but for now, we want to keep her close...It's hard enough now with all of us being in the Philippines, but different locations. So, how much more if
"I tell her
But one of Juliana's recent trips abroad gave her some perspective on the matter.
Lucy recounts, "Kasi she's like her dad, she's big on friends and she said she never felt lonely as an only child because her friends have always been welcomed
"So, one time we were in New York, she was there for a shoot. We didn't stay in the same hotel
"She was imagining daw if she studied there, she'd probably only have three people that she'll constantly hang out with, as opposed to the 20 or 30
Hearing this, Richard interjects, in good humor, "Good."
Lucy, also in good humor, adds, "Tama iyan, anak, tama iyan."
WHAT IS RICHARD AND LUCY'S ADVICE RE: COLLEGE LIFE?
Richard knows that UP will teach Juliana to be independent, so the former matinee idol has one request, "Sabi ko,
"There's no need for you to join other
Lucy adds, "It's nice to have a cause. It's nice to feel strongly about something, but you don't have to fight the world. You can be loyal to your cause. You can be very passionate about it, but there are ways to fight your battles. It doesn't have to be in an abrasive way."
How was Juliana's first day in UP?
Richard briefly recounts their conversation.
"After her first day of school,
"'I was invited to join a rally.'
"Sabi ko, 'Huwag! Huwag talaga.'"
Juliana is taking up Public Administration.
"She wants to be a lawyer
"I feel that when a person is able to find that purpose, only then can she really be happy in life
"I never want her to grow up thinking that she has to be an actor or she has to be a public servant. It has to be her journey, her life."
Juliana is Richard and Lucy's only daughter. She will be turning 19 on September 8.
The model-endorser graduated from high school in June 2019.
In one of her recent Instagram posts, Juliana says she is part of her "dream school" with her "dream team" as she makes it to the UP volleyball team.
Volleyball has been Juliana's favorite sport since high school. She was part of her school's varsity team.
In a previous interview with PEP.ph, the celebrity kid says she was training to become a
Eventually, Juliana hopes to make it to the national volleyball
Richard was a member of the Philippine national volleyball team twice, back in 2005 and in 2014 where he saw action at the the Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championships.
The volleyball team was just one of the four national teams Richard became a part of. He was in the national rowing team from 1989 to 1991, the fencing team from 1992-2006, and the shooting team in 2005. He competed and won in these sports in several local and international competitions, bagging more than 17 medals, and one record for shotgun shooting. He capped his sports career in 2015 with gold medal as part of the national fencing /epee team at the Southeast Asian games of that year.
Richard and Lucy have been married for 21 years. They tied the knot on April 28, 1998.