Gretchen Barretto's daughter Dominique Cojuangco says she is focusing on her fashion design studies for now.
After a two-week visit to Manila, Dominique Cojuangco flew back to Europe right after her launch as one of Bench Body Whitening Lotion's newest endorsers. The only daughter of businessman Tonyboy Cojuangco and Gretchen Barretto is currently enrolled in a Fashion Design course in London which she started attending last month.
The 19-year-old model said being a student abroad has taught her a lot of new things. “I feel like London has made me grow more independent. Meeting new friends and being introduced to a new cultures… And it's a nice, new chapter in my life after I graduated from the British School Manila. I've learned to be more independent. I've learned the importance of getting lost around the city and finding new places or finding myself and I think that's wonderful. I am usually in school for half of the week, otherwise I like visiting galleries and museums. It's nice sightseeing because it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world after Manila, of course (laughs),” she shared.
The aspiring fashion designer said her life is now very different because of college life. “I used to go to school that was ten minutes away in a car and now I go to school in London and my school is forty minutes away, I have to take the tube, I have to walk with my umbrella when it rains. I do like it. My friends are very different, they're from different countries that I've never even come across before like Kazakhstan for example but I think it’s a nice cultural difference and it's something that I learn from. I've adjusted in a way where I can live day-to-day life, but it's nice to be able to discover new places everyday,” she said.
Having grown up in the limelight, Dominique said she was excited when Ben Chan asked if she was willing to join the Bench family. Dominique's cousin Julia Barretto is also one of the brand's most popular endorsers at the moment. “I grew up with Bench just like everybody else and it's nice that my family is part of Bench too so it does feel like family to me. I truly trust Bench because it does feel like a family so when I was asked to endorse it my yes was immediate because it's Bench. I was definitely overwhelmed especially with the whole event, the TVC, the advertisment, it's something different that I'm just so flattered that I was asked. I was asked around June or July of last year so I've been waiting and waiting and waiting (laughs) and finally it comes so definitely I was so relieved and excited and happy,” said the Bench Body Whitening Lotion model.
Dominique said that even though most of her family members are in showbiz, she is in no rush to make any career decisions yet. Her mother Gretchen has already told the media that she wants her daughter to become an international fashion designer someday. “They've always been supportive of whatever I chose to do so I never really had to ask them. I just had to tell them and I think they always supposed that I would be going to London because they did put me in the British School (laughs). Showbiz? I haven't thought about it yet. Right now I'm focusing on my studies, but if an opportunity comes I don't see why I wouldn't say yes. I've always been interested just because I've been behind the scenes with my mom. I see how she works and I love the vibe, everybody's vibe. I like the positive vibe everybody has for work and how they’re so enthusiastic and I love that. Anything's possible to be honest with you (laughs),” she admitted.
Dominique had actually offered a chance to act before at the Kapamilya network, but didn't go through with it because of school. “I was asked to be an extra for a bit, but at that time I had exams for the diploma so I wasn't able to say yes,” she added.